Advanced Placement Exam

Iowa State University participates in the Advanced Placement program of the College Board.

The College Board offers national examinations that allow students to qualify for advanced placement or academic credit at many colleges and universities. These exams are administered each May. Official scores must be sent to Iowa State University directly from the College Board. For specific equivalencies, see the chart below.

AP Exam Score ISU Course Sem. Crs. Awarded

Art
Art History 3-4 Art History 280 3
5 Art History 280, 281 6
Studio Art-Drawing No Credit
Studio Art 2-D Design No Credit
Studio Art 3-D Design No Credit

Biology
Biology 4-5 Biology 100 4

Chemistry
Chemistry 4-5 Chemistry 177, 178 7
Depending upon the Chemistry Department's review of the student's AP Chemistry lab notebook, students may receive up to two additional credits: one credit for CHEM 167L, or one credit for CHEM 177L, or two credits for CHEM 177L and 178L.

Computer Science
Computer Science A 4 Computer Science 107 3
Computer Science A 5 Computer Science 227 4
Computer Science AB 3 Computer Science 107 3
Computer Science AB 4 Computer Science 227 4
Computer Science AB 5 Computer Science 227, 228 7

Economics
Macroeconomics 3-5 Economics 102 3
Microeconomics 3-5 Economics 101 3

English
International English Language 4-5 English 101C * 3
English Language 3-5 English 150 3
English Literature 4-5 English 100 or 150 3
* This course satisfies ESL proficiency requirements, but is not counted as credits earned toward the degree.

If you are in one of the categories below, you need not take the English Language/Composition examination as you will automatically be placed into English 250. And then, if you earn a grade of C or better in English 250, you will be awarded test-out credit for English 150.
  • Earn an ACT English score of at least 24 or SAT Verbal score of at least 550
  • Rank in the top 25 percent of your class and earn an ACT English score of at least 23 or SAT Verbal score of at least 540.

Environmental Science
Environmental Science 3-5 Environmental Studies 100 3

Foreign Language
Chinese Language and Culture 3 Chinese 101 5
Chinese Language and Culture 4 Chinese 101, 102 10
Chinese Language and Culture 5 Chinese 101, 102, 201 15
French Language 3 French 101, 102 8
French Language 4-5 French 101, 102, 201, 202 16
French Literature 3-5 French 300 * 3
German Language 3 German 101, 102 8
German Language 4-5 German 101, 102, 201, 202 16
Latin/Vergil 3 Latin 101, 102 8
Latin: Vergil 4-5 Latin 101, 102, 201 12
Latin Literature 3 Latin 101, 102 8
Latin Literature 4-5 Latin 101, 102, 201 12
Spanish Language 3 Spanish 101, 102 8
Spanish Language 4-5 Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202 16
Spanish Literature 3-5 Spanish 300 ** 3
Students who plan to enroll in a foreign language course at Iowa State and who receive a score of 5 on a Foreign Language or Literature AP examination may qualify for foreign language credits in addition to those indicated above. Students are not eligible to receive credit for AP foreign language exams that are the same as their native language. However, they may receive credit for AP foreign literature exams that are the same as their native language.

* Credits earned in French 300 may be counted toward the following requirements: general education requirements in the humanities; international perspectives; requirements for the French major or minor; or elective credit. NOTE: Students interested in applying these credits to the major or minor in French should consult with an adviser in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

** Credits earned in Spanish 300 may be counted toward the following requirements: general education requirements in the humanities; international perspectives; requirements for the Spanish major or minor; Latin American Studies Certificate; or elective credit. NOTE: Students interested in applying these credits to the major or minor in Spanish or Latin American Studies should consult with an adviser in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Geography
Human Geography 3-5 Social Science 100 3

Government and Politics
U.S. Government and Politics 3-5 Political Science 215 3
Comparative Government/Politics 3-5 Political Science 241 3

History
European History 4-5 History 201, 202 6
American History 4-5 History 221, 222 6
World History 4-5 History 100 6

Mathematics
Calculus AB 4-5 Math 165 4
Calculus BC 3 Math 165 4
Calculus BC 4-5 Math 165, 166 8
Note: All students are required to take a math placement exam prior to registering for classes. If the student’s math placement is not consistent with the credits awarded on the basis of their AP Calculus exam (as indicated above), the student should consult with their academic adviser to determine whether they still wish to accept the math credit they have been awarded. Information concerning the math placement exam may be found at http://www.math.iastate.edu/ALEKS/index.html.

Music
Music Theory 4-5 Music 224, 234 6

Physics
Note: The policies listed below for the AP Physics exams are effective only for those students entering Iowa State beginning Spring Semester 2015 or later.
Physics 1 5 Physics 111 5
Physics 1 * 4 Physics 111 5
Physics 2 5 Physics 112 5
Physics 2 ** 4 Physics 112 5
Physics C-Mechanics 4-5 Physics 221 5
Physics C-E&M 4-5 Physics 222 5
* Students must also earn a minimum score of 3 on the Physics 2 exam.
** Students must also earn a minimum score of 3 on the Physics 1 exam.

Psychology
Psychology 4-5 Psychology 101 3

Statistics
Statistics 3-5 Statistics 101 4