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USC Office of Articulation

AP EXAM CREDIT AT USC

Credit: USC awards 4 units of elective credit for most AP examinations taken Spring 2009 or later with a score of 4 or 5. Exams must be taken before matriculation at any two-year or four-year college. (Most AP tests taken before Spring 2009 with a score of 3 will also earn elective units.)

Restrictions:

  1. AP scores do not earn course equivalence.
  2. Students may not receive credit for both an AP exam and a college course taken before high school graduation covering the same subject matter, nor for AP and IB exams covering the same subject matter.
  3. A maximum of 32 units will be granted for AP exam credit.
  4. No credit is given for projected scores, partial scores or subscores, such as Calculus AB Subscore, Music: Aural Subscore, or Music: Nonaural Subscore.

 

General Education: In addition to elective units, scores of 4 or 5 for certain exams will satisfy General Education requirements, as shown in the table below.

GE 1 (Western Cultures and Traditions) Art (History)
History (European)
GE 3 (Scientific Inquiry) Biology
Chemistry
Physics (B)
Physics (C- Mechanics)
Physics (C- Electricity/Magnetism)

Foreign Language:   Scores of 4 or 5 on the following exams taken Spring 2007 or later will satisfy the third level foreign language requirement, but do not earn USC course equivalence. (Students wishing to take a fourth level foreign language course must take a placement exam.)

Chinese Language and Culture Italian Language and Culture
French Language Japanese Language and Culture
French Literature Spanish Language
German Language Spanish Literature

Waivers: Some departments may use AP scores of 4 or 5 to waive prerequisites or degree requirements as shown below. To get a prerequisite waiver (to register for a higher level class) with an AP score, contact the USC department that teaches the course. To get a degree requirement waived with an AP score, contact your major advisor.

AP Exam Prerequisite that can be waived After prerequisite is waived...
Biology Either BISC 120 or BISC 220; see undergrad advisor in Biological Sciences.
Interested in Medical School? See the important note below!
...see undergrad advisor in Biological Sciences.
Chemistry CHEM 105aL
Interested in Medical School? See the important note below!
...take CHEM 105bL.
Economics (Micro) ECON 203 ...take certain upper-division ECON courses.
Economics (Macro) ECON 205 ...take certain upper-division ECON courses.
Mathematics (AB)
*NOT the AB subscore*
MATH 118 or 125
...take MATH 126, MATH 127, MATH 208, MATH 218, or certain upper-division business courses.
Mathematics (BC) If your score is 4, MATH 118 or 125
If your score is 5, MATH 118, or 125 and MATH 126
...take higher-level calculus or business courses.
Psychology PSYC 100 ...take certain upper-division PSYC courses; see advisor.

Missing AP scores? Students must have their scores sent directly to USC from the College Board, not from their high school or in any other format. Contact the College Board for ordering instructions: 1-888-CALL-4AP. If spring official scores have been sent in June but do not appear on the student's TCR by August, send an email to uscartic@usc.edu.

For a complete list of AP exams, see here. For information about waiving prerequisites with AP exam scores, see here.

Advanced Placement FAQ

How can I have my AP test scores sent to USC?
Please contact College Board at (888) CALL-4-AP or go to www.collegeboard.com and have your scores sent to the University of Southern California (USC’s College Board code is: 4852). To avoid possible delays, please be sure that College Board includes your Social Security Number when sending your scores.

How can I find out what credit I'll receive for my Advanced Placement (AP) Exams?
A list of the credit available at USC for AP exams is found here

I am taking/I took AP exams this Spring. Do I need to send my scores from past years now, or can I wait until my current scores are sent in July?
It depends.

You will receive your credit evaluation faster if you have your old scores sent to USC as soon as possible. However, College Board charges a fee for ordering old score reports.

College Board sends your scores from up to four years ago with your recent exam results for free (assuming you included USC on the list of institutions to receive your recent scores). If you don’t mind waiting until July, you can save some money.
Please review the information at the College Board’s AP website. If you used different formats for your name, or did not include a social security number when registering for an exam, your score reports may need to be synchronized. Contact College Board at 1-888-225-5427 to have them locate and match your records.

I have AP exam results from more than 4 years ago. Can I have them sent to USC?
Yes. However, you will need to submit a form to College Board and pay a fee to request an “Archived AP Score.” For more information, refer to the College Board’s website here.

I took an AP exam before my senior year, but did not send the score to USC . Will the College Board automatically send that score to USC with my AP exam results from this year?
You will receive your credit evaluation faster if you have your old scores sent to USC as soon as possible. However, College Board charges a fee for ordering old score reports.

College Board sends all your old scores with your recent exam results for free (assuming you included USC on the list of institutions to receive your recent scores). So if you don’t mind waiting until July, you can save some money.

Please review the information at the College Board’s AP website. If you used different formats for your name, or did not include a social security number when registering for an exam, your score reports may need to be synchronized. Contact College Board at 1-888-225-5427 to have them locate and match your records.

I didn’t put my Social Security Number on some of my exams. Is this a problem?
If you did not include a social security number when registering for an exam, your score reports may need to be synchronized. Contact College Board at 1-888-225-5427 to have them locate and match your records.

I used a different appearance of my name (e.g., middle name or middle initial) on a previous exam. Is this a problem?
If you used different formats for your name, your score reports may need to be synchronized. Contact College Board at 1-888-225-5427 to have them locate and match your records.

Should I pay extra for a, “Rush Score Report”?
It is not recommended. Scores are transmitted electronically to USC on a regular basis. The speed of the regular level of service is satisfactory for almost every request.

Can I turn in paper copies of my AP scores if I haven’t opened the envelope mailed to me by College Board?
Unfortunately, no. Only official score reports transmitted directly to USC from the College Board can be evaluated.

I have a question that was not addressed above. How can I get more information?
Please send an email to uscartic@usc.edu, or call (213) 740-4628 (weekdays, 8:30 am – 5 pm, Pacific Time). Please note that our office is closed on weekends and University Holidays.