External Exam Credit & Waivers

The University of Pennsylvania may award credit or waivers (advanced course standing) to students who have taken Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other internationally-recognized examinations prior to matriculation at Penn. Scores warranting University credit vary by department.

  • Matriculating students seeking credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams must have official score reports sent directly to the Office of the University Registrar by The College Board, code #2926. Scores included in your application to Penn need not be resent.
  • Matriculating students seeking credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams must have official score reports sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • Matriculating students seeking credit for A-Level exams must bring their original A-Level certificates to the Office of Admissions in order to have their scores evaluated for credit.
  • Matriculating students seeking foreign language placement or fulfillment with SAT II exams must have official score reports sent to the Office of Admissions by The College Board, code #2926. Scores included in your application to Penn need not be resent.

The charts below provide guidance on how external exam scores, credits, and waivers can be applied to requirements within the Wharton undergraduate curriculum. A full list of external exam credits and waivers can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.

Students Entering Wharton in Fall 2017 or Later

AP Exams: Credit, Waivers, and Requirement Fulfillment

AP credits from language exams or that do not count toward any other requirements can be used to satisfy the unrestricted-elective requirement.

Exam/Subject
Score
Award
Wharton Requirement
AP Economics – Micro 5 ECON 001 waiver ECON 010 (if student also has a waiver or credit for ECON 002)
AP Economics – Macro 5 ECON 002 waiver ECON 010 (if student also has a waiver or credit for ECON 001)
AP French Language 5 French 202 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
AP French Language 3, 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP German Language 5 German 104 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
AP Italian Language & Culture 5 ITAL 201 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
AP Italian Language & Culture 3, 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP Latin/Latin- Literature/Latin-Vergil 5 Latin 204 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
AP Latin/Latin- Literature/Latin-Vergil 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP Math BC 5 MATH 104 (1 CU) MATH 104/110
AP Spanish Language 5 Spanish 202 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
AP Spanish Language 3, 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP Spanish Literature 5 Spanish 212 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
AP Spanish Literature 3, 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP Statistics 5 STAT 101 waiver STAT 101

IB Exams: Credit, Waivers, and Requirement Fulfillment

Please note that IB credits from language exams or that do not count toward any other requirements can be used to satisfy the unrestricted-elective requirement.

Higher Level Exam
Score
Award
Wharton Requirement
IB Economics 7, 6 ECON 001 and 002 waivers ECON 010
IB French A 7, 6, 5 French 212 or 202 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
IB French B 7, 6 French 202 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
IB German A 7, 6, 5, 4 German 203 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
IB German B 7, 6 German 203 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
IB German B 5, 4 German 104 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
IB Latin 7 Latin 204 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
IB Latin 6 No credit Fulfills language requirement
IB Mathematics with Further Mathematics 7 MATH 104 (1 CU) MATH 104/110
IB Spanish A 7, 6, 5 Spanish 212 or 202 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
IB Spanish B 7, 6 Spanish 202 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement

A-Level Exams: Credit, Waivers, and Requirement Fulfillment

Please note that A-Level credits from language exams or that do not count toward any other requirements can be used to satisfy the unrestricted-elective requirement.

Exam/Subject
Score
Award
Wharton Requirement
GCE Advanced (A) Level Economics A* or A ECON 001 and 102 waiver ECON 010
GCE Advanced (A) Level Greek A* or A Greek 204 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
GCE Advanced (A) Level Greek B No credit Fulfills language requirement
GCE Advanced (A) Level Latin A* or A Latin 204 (1 CU) Fulfills language requirement
GCE Advanced (A) Level Latin B No credit Fulfills language requirement

SAT II Language Exams: Course Placement and Requirement Fulfillment

Please refer to our language placement page for more information.

SAT II Score Register for
French Under 380
380 – 440
450 or above
FREN 110
FREN 121
Fulfills Requirement
German Under 350
350 – 440
450 or above
GRMN 101
GRMN 102
Fulfills Requirement
Hebrew* 700 or above Fulfills Requirement
Italian Under 380
380 – 440
450 or above
ITAL 110
ITAL 120
Fulfills Requirement
Japanese Students who score 450 or above may fulfill the language requirement
Latin Under 450
450 –540
550 or above
LATN 101
LATN 102
Fulfills Requirement
Russian Under 350
350 – 440
450 or above
RUSS 001
RUSS 002
Fulfills Requirement
Spanish Under 380
380 – 440
450 or above
SPAN 110
SPAN 121
Fulfills Requirement

* Students who score under 700 in Hebrew and wish to continue in the language must take the placement exam offered during New Student Orientation.

Students Who Entered Wharton Prior to Fall 2017

AP, IB, and A-Level Exam Credits and Waivers

Note: For students who entered Wharton prior to fall 2017, only 1 course unit (CU) in each of the General Education Distribution categories (i.e., Social Structures; Language, Arts & Culture; Science & Technology) can be fulfilled by using AP/IB credit. Any additional AP/IB credit can be used to fulfill unrestricted and non-business elective requirements (up to 10 CUs of credit maximum).

AP Credit: Students Entering in 2015 or 2016
Subject
Award
Requirement
Biology BIOL 091 Science & Technology
Chemistry CHEM 091 Science & Technology
Computer Science A CIS 110 Science & Technology
Computer Science AB CIS 110 Science & Technology
Economics – Micro ECON 001 waiver ECON 10 if student also has a waiver or credit for ECON 002
Economics – Macro ECON 002 waiver ECON 10 if student also has a waiver or credit for ECON 001
French Language FREN 210 Language, Arts & Culture
French Literature FREN 220 Language, Arts & Culture AND Global Environment
German Language GRMN 104 Language, Arts & Culture
Latin Latin Free Language, Arts & Culture
Math BC MATH 104 MATH 104
Physics B PHYS 091, 092 Science & Technology
Physics C (Mechanics) PHYS 093 Science & Technology
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) PHYS 094 Science & Technology
Spanish Language SPAN 210 Language, Arts & Culture
Spanish Literature SPAN 220 Language, Arts & Culture AND Global Environment
Statistics STAT 111/101 waiver STAT 101 (appears as STAT 111waiver on transcript)
AP Credit: Students Entering Before 2015
Subject Award Requirement
Biology BIOL 091 Science & Technology
Chemistry CHEM 091 Science & Technology
Classical Studies – Latin Latin Free Language, Arts & Culture
Computer Science A CIS 110 Science & Technology
Computer Science AB CIS 110 Science & Technology
Economics – Micro ECON 001 waiver ECON 10 if student also has a waiver or credit for ECON 002
Economics – Macro ECON 002 waiver ECON 10 if student also has a waiver or credit for ECON 001
English Language English Free Language, Arts & Culture
English Literature English Free Language, Arts & Culture
Environmental Science ENVS 200 Science & Technology
European History HIST 041 Social Structures AND Global Environment
French Language FREN 210 Language, Arts & Culture
French Literature FREN 220 Language, Arts & Culture AND Global Environment
German Language GRMN 104 Language, Arts & Culture
Math BC MATH 104 MATH 104
Physics B PHYS 091, 092 Science & Technology
Physics C (Mechanics) PHYS 093 Science & Technology
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) PHYS 094 Science & Technology
Spanish Language SPAN 210 Language, Arts & Culture
Spanish Literature SPAN 220 Language, Arts & Culture AND Global Environment
Statistics STAT 111/101 credit or waiver* STAT 101 (appears as STAT 111 credit or waiver on transcript)
US History HIST 042 Social Structures
World History HIST 044 Social Structures AND Global Environment

* Beginning with students entering Penn in fall 2014, the Statistics Department will grant waivers instead of credit for STAT 111/101.