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Advanced Placement

Incoming freshmen seeking to receive credit for college courses taken before coming to Penn, or for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examinations, should first contact the Office of Transfer Credit and Advanced Placement (215 898.6080 or xfer@admissions.upenn.edu).

All Advanced Placement credit is assigned a number in the HIST 040 series: 041, 042, 043, 044. In the College they may count as "free electives" only. They do not replace any courses offered through the Penn Department of History. They may not count for the History Major or Minor.

No courses taken elsewhere, nor Advanced Placement (or other examination credit), may be used to satisfy the College’s Sector Requirements. These requirements must be met with courses taken at Penn. If you are a student in Wharton, SEAS or another college: the policies and advisors in your program will establish how these credits count towards graduation requirements.

Advanced Placement Approval

HIST 041 - 044: To receive credit you need one of the following scores.

HIST 041:

Advanced Placement exam in European history: 5
International Baccalaureate exam in European history: 5, 6, or 7
German Abitur in history, with appropriate marks

HIST 042:

Advanced Placement exam in American history: 5
International Baccalaureate exam in American history: 5, 6, or 7

HIST 043:

Advanced Placement exam in Jewish history: this exam consists of 3 parts (ancient, medieval, modern).
Credit requires a score of 5 in TWO of the three exams.

HIST 044:

Advanced Placement exam in World history: 5
International Baccalaureate exam in World history: 5, 6, or 7

Note: Credit for "A" levels is determined by scores and by content of courses taken. Submit a detailed written description of topics studied for "A" levels through the process for Transfer Credit.

For additional information, see: College Advanced Placement Policies.

If you have earned AP credit which is not indicated on your transcript, contact the Office of Transfer Credit and Advanced Placement (215 898.6080 or xfer@admissions.upenn.edu).