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Advanced Placement Credits

Are you taking advanced or college-level courses in high school? If so, you might be able to take advantage of Princeton’s advanced placement (AP) policy. Through this policy, you may receive recognition for your previous advanced or college-level work. The policy allows you to be placed in courses that match your level of preparation and, in some cases, may allow you to skip introductory courses and proceed to upper-division course work.

You can find detailed information about Princeton’s AP policy in our undergraduate course catalog, or review these frequently asked questions:

What tests do I need to take to earn advanced placement?

When determining advanced placement, we typically use one or more of the following:

  • AP tests
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams
  • British A-Level exams
  • SAT subject tests
  • placement tests offered by some academic departments

For more information about required tests and minimum scores, consult the Reference Table for AP Credit.

How are AP credits applied at Princeton?

Students can use AP credits to enter upper-level courses or to fulfill the foreign language requirement. In a few cases, students who have earned a large number of AP credits use them to graduate early through advanced standing. AP credits may not be used to fulfill the writing requirement, reduce students’ course load in a given term or fulfill the distribution requirements. To see how your test scores may translate into advanced placement at Princeton, consult the Reference Table for AP Credit

When will I know how much AP credit I will receive?

At the beginning of the fall term of their freshman year, students receive a report of all the AP units they have been granted. Later in the term, they receive a second report reflecting any scores that have since been received.

Can I earn credit for courses taken at another college or university?

Students are not eligible for credit for college courses taken before they enter Princeton. Many academic departments at Princeton offer advanced placement to students who have done well on an approved standardized exam (AP, IB, A-Level). Some departments may award advanced placement for a high score on departmental placement tests. Consult the Reference Table for AP Credit.

My school has a dual-enrollment program with a local college and I have completed college courses through that program. Can I earn credit for those courses?

Although students are not eligible for credit for college courses taken through a dual-enrollment program, students may earn advanced placement for high scores on departmental placement tests offered by some Princeton departments. Consult the Reference Table for AP Credit.

What is advanced standing?

Some entering students have earned enough advanced placement credit to accelerate their progress toward graduation from Princeton. Every incoming student enters as a freshman. In some cases students use their AP credit to take one term off during their sophomore year. Others have enough AP credit to advance to the junior class after their first year at Princeton. Eligible students are notified by their residential college dean during November of their freshman year.