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   Information About AP, IB, CLEP and A-Level Exams

Students should inform their advisor at orientation that they anticipate receiving credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination (CLEP) or Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level (A-Level) exams. This information may impact placement into courses required for their major. If a student has already been awarded credit for one of these exams at another institution, this credit will be reevaluated by UMD. The score received must be equivalent to the minimum score UMD accepted at the time the test was taken; otherwise, the credit will not be eligible for transfer to UMD. Exams credits that are accepted are recorded as transfer credit on the student's UMD records and will be included in the total number of credits earned. However, it is up to the advising college to determine how the exam credits are applied to the student's degree requirements. If a student has been awarded exam credit for an equivalent UMD course in which they have also earned credit, the course from the exam will be marked on their record as being a repeated course and the credits will be removed from the total number of credits earned.

Questions regarding the exams listed on this page should be directed to Transfer Credit Services at transfercredit@umd.edu.


Advanced Placement (AP) Examination

The University of Maryland (UMD) encourages applicants to seek AP credit so that academically successful students may move forward in their programs at an appropriate pace. However, credit is not awarded for all exams offered by the College Board. Credits are awarded, based on departmental approval, according to the charts below. Students need to have their scores sent directly to the UMD from the College Source (https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores); the institution code for the UMD is 5814.

Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for AP exams. Credit is awarded for minimum scores of 3 or higher, subject to ongoing departmental reevaluation. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences.

Certain departments, particularly Mathematics and Physics, have separate criteria for placement in courses and the assignment of credit. Students should check with those departments for additional information. All entering freshmen will be placed in math courses according to the University of Maryland math placement exam.

AP Transferability
To see how credits are awarded by UMD for AP exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://transfercredit.umd.edu/gened.html to make this determination.

  • GENED Students: Check this chart to see how AP credit is awarded.
  • CORE Students: Check this chart to see how AP credit is awarded.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Examination

The University of Maryland (UMD) awards credit to students who have completed IB exams according to the table below. Credit is not awarded for all exams offered by International Baccalaureate. Credits are awarded, based on departmental approval, according to the charts below. Students need to have their scores sent directly to the UMD from the International Baccalaureate (http://www.ibo.org/informationfor/students/).

Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for IB exams. Credit is awarded for minimum scores of 5 or higher, subject to ongoing departmental reevaluation. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences.

IB Transferability
To see how credits are awarded by UMD for IB exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://transfercredit.umd.edu/html to make this determination.

  • GENED Students: Check this chart to see how IB credit is awarded.
  • CORE Students: Check this chart to see how IB credit is awarded.

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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) recognizes college-level competence achieved outside the college classroom. Two types of CLEP tests are available: General Examinations, which cover the content of a broad field of study; and Subject Examinations, which cover the specific content of a college course. Credit can be awarded by UMD for some CLEP General and Subject Examinations, provided satisfactory scores are attained. Credits awarded via CLEP are treated as transfer credit. CLEP exams are administered at approved CLEP testing centers throughout the country. UMD is an approved CLEP Test Center (Test Center Code: 5814). For additional information and on-line scheduling for CLEP testing at the UMD please visit the CLEP testing page at http://www.studentaffairs.umd.edu/CLEP/. Students who want to earn credit through CLEP must request their official score reports to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 20742. Note the Score Recipient Code for UMD is 5814.

Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for CLEP exams. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences.

CLEP Transferability
To see how credits are awarded by UMD for CLEP exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://transfercredit.umd.edu/gened.html to make this determination.

  • GENED Students: Check this chart to see how CLEP credit is awarded.
  • CORE Students: Check this chart to see how CLEP credit is awarded.

Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level (A-Level)

The UMD awards credit for A-Level Exams taken through Cambridge International Exams (CIE). Official scores must be sent by CIE to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 20742.

Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for A-Level exams. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences. Students are not permitted to earned credit for both Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level exams within the same subject areas.

A-Level Transferability
To see how credits are awarded by UMD for A-Level exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://transfercredit.umd.edu/gened/html to make this determination.

  • GENED Students: Check this chart to see how A-Level credit is awarded.
  • CORE Students: Check this chart to see how A-Level credit is awarded.

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