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​Advanced Placement

Students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science are given advanced placement in courses based upon the exam scores listed below.


The maximum number of general elective credit units from AP scores that can count toward a Bachelor's degree is 15. No humanities or social sciences credit is awarded for AP results.

*Please be aware that neither Humanities nor Social Sciences credit is available via AP Credit, International Baccalaureate, British A-Level, or WashU Back Credit results.

AP Score

Art History (L01) (Test: AHS)

5, 4

3 units of general elective credit for Art & Archaeology 0001 contingent upon the completion of a 300- or 400-level Art History course with a grade of B or better

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Biology (L41) (Test: BIO)

5, 4

6 units of general elective credit for Biology 100A.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Chemistry (L07) (Test: CHE)

Receipt of credits has no bearing on fulfillment of chemistry requirements for pre-med or any science major and cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites for Organic Chemistry.

Special Note for Engineering First-Year Students: Students with an AP Chemistry score of 5 may petition the Engineering Undergraduate Student Services Office for "proficiency" credit for Chem 111A, 112A, 151, and 152.

Engineering students who are considering a second major or minor the Chemistry department will not use AP credit for proficiency. All chemistry coursework for a chemistry major or minor must be taken at Washington University.

Note for Premedical students

5

6 units of general elective credit for Chemistry 103 and Chemistry 104.

4

3 units of general elective credit for Chemistry 103.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

AP Score

Computer Science (E81) – AP Computer Science Principles/Test CSP

5, 4

3 units of general elective credit for CSE 1CSP
Students who want to confirm their skills can take the placement exam during orientation.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded. Students who want to confirm their skills can take the placement exam during orientation.


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Computer Science (E81) – A Test/Test CSA

5, 4

3 units of general elective credit for CSE 131.
Students who want to confirm their skills can take the placement exam during orientation.

3, 2, 1

No units of credit awarded for CSE 131. Students may take the computer science placement exam and will receive “proficiency” credit if a passing score is achieved.

AP Score

Economics – Macro (L11) (Test: EMA)

5

3 units of general elective credit for Econ 0001 contingent upon completion of Econ 4021 with a grade of B or better. The credit will not count toward the Economics major/minor. Placement into any economics course having an Econ 1021 prerequisite is permitted (assuming other prerequisites are met); however, bypassing introductory courses may be disadvantageous.

4, 3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Economics – Micro (L11) (Test: EMI)

5

3 units of general elective credit for Econ 0001 contingent upon completion of Econ 4011 with a grade of B or better. The credit will not count toward the Economics major/minor. Placement into any economics course having an Econ 1011 prerequisite is permitted (assuming other prerequisites are met); however, bypassing introductory courses may be disadvantageous.

4, 3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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English Language or Literature and Composition (Test: ENG)

5

Engineering students who earn a score of 5 will receive no credit, but will be exempt from taking L59 100 (College Writing 1).

4, 3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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History (L22): American History (Test: HSA)

AP credits are not counted toward the History major

5

3 units of general elective credit for History 163

4
3 units of general elective credit for History 0001

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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History (L22): European History (Test: HSE)

AP credits are not counted toward the History major.

5, 4

3 units of general elective credit for History 102.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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History (L22): World History (Test: HSW)

AP credits are not counted toward the History major.

5, 4

3 units of general elective credit for History 164.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.


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Language: French (L34) (Test: LNF)

5

6 units of general elective credit for French 102D and 201D. Students may enroll in a 300-level course conducted in the language.

4

3 units of general elective credit for French 102D. An additional 3 units of general elective credit for French 201D contingent upon completion of a 300-level course with a B or better--other than conversation--conducted in the language.

3

6 units of general elective credit for French 102D and 201D will be awarded contingent upon completion of a 300-level course with a grade of B or better--other than conversation--conducted in the language.

2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Language: German (L21) Test: LNG

5

6 units of general elective credit for German 102D and 210D. Students may enroll in any 300-level German course.

4

3 units of general elective credit for German 102D. An additional 3 units of general elective credit for German 210D awarded upon satisfactory completion of German 301D with a B- or better. Students may receive this credit only if they start their language study at the 300-level.

3

6 units of general elective credit for German 102D and 201D awarded upon satisfactory completion of German 301D (B- or better). (Students may receive this credit only if they start their language study at the 300-level).

2, 1

No credit awarded

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Language: Latin (L10) (Test: LNL)

5, 4

6 units of general elective credit for Latin 101 and 102 awarded upon completion of Latin 301 with a grade of B or better.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded

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Language: Spanish (L38) (Test: LNS)
All students wishing to enroll in Spanish must take the online placement exam. Class placement is decided solely on the basis of this exam and not by AP scores.

AP Score

Mathematics (L24) - AB Test (Test: MAB)

5

3 units of general elective credit for Math 131 (Calculus I). You will be placed into Math 132 (Calculus II).

4

Students who receive a 4 should enroll in Calculus II. You will receive credit for Calculus I upon successful completion of Calculus II.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded. Take the online calculus placement exam. For proper placement, Engineering students should take the Calculus Placement Exam regardless of their score.

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Mathematics (L24) - BC Test (Test: MBC)

5

Students receive 6 units of general elective credit for Math 131 and 132. You will be placed in Math 233 (Calculus III), if you choose.

4

Students who receive a 4 should enroll in Calculus III. You will receive credit for Calculus I & II upon successful completion of Calculus III.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded. Take the online calculus placement exam. For proper placement, Engineering students should take the Calculus Placement Exam regardless of their score.

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Music Literature/Listening (L27) (Test: MUL)

5, 4

3 units of general elective credit for Music 0001.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Music Theory (L27) (Test: MUT)

5, 4

3 units of general elective credit for Music 0001.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Physics (L31) 1 Test (P1)

5

3 units of general elective credit for Physics 113A. This corresponds to the first semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 197 in the Fall semester.

4, 3, 2, 1

No credit or placement given

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Physics (L31) 2 Test (P2)

5

3 units of general elective credit for Physics 114A. This corresponds to the second semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 198 in the Spring semester.

4, 3, 2, 1

No credit or placement given

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Physics (L31) C Test: (Mechanics) (PCM)

5

4 units of general elective credit for Physics 197. This corresponds to the first semester in a two-semester, calculus-based introductory physics sequence. Students may enroll in Physics 198, the second semester of this introductory calculus-based sequence, in the Spring semester. Physics majors and students interested in advanced treatment of introductory physics should enroll in Physics 197 in the Fall semester, followed by Physics 198 in the Spring semester.

4

3 units of general elective credit for Physics 113A. This corresponds to the first semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 197 in the Fall semester.

3, 2, 1

No credit given.

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Physics (L31) C Test: (Electricity & Magnetism) (PCE)

5

4 units of general elective credit for Physics 198. This corresponds to the second semester in a two-semester, calculus-based introductory physics sequence. Physics majors and students interested in an advanced treatment of introductory physics should enroll in Physics 197 in the Fall semester, followed by Physics 198 in the Spring semester.

4

3 units of general elective credit for Physics 114A. This corresponds to the second semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 197 in the fall semester. Students who plan to major in physics or who have a strong interest in physics are encouraged to enroll in Physics 197.

3, 2, 1

No credit given.

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Political Science (L32): American Politics (Test: POA)

5, 4

No credit awarded automatically, but 3 units of general elective credit for Political Science 0001 will be awarded contingent upon completion of an advanced course (300/400 Level) in American Politics with a grade of B or better.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Political Science (L32): Comparative Politics (Test: POC)

5, 4

No credit awarded automatically, but 3 units of general elective credit for Political Science 0002 will be awarded contingent upon completion of an advanced course (300/400 Level) in Comparative Politics with a grade of B or better.

3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Psychology (L33) (Test: PSY)

5

Waives the Psychology 100B-Introduction to Psychology requirement. No college credit is given.

4, 3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.

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Statistics (L24) (Test: STA)

5

3 units of general elective credit for Math 2200.

4, 3, 2, 1

No credit awarded.