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Advanced Placement Program

Students who complete college-level work in high school under the Advanced Placement (AP) Program—sponsored by the College Board—and who receive creditable scores in exams administered by that board may, upon admission to Portland State, be granted credit toward a bachelor's degree in comparable college courses.

AP Transcripts

Students may request official AP transcripts by following the instructions on the College Board web site.

Send transcript(s) to:

Office of Admissions
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Relation between AP and CLEP

Students cannot earn duplicate credit through College Level Exam Program (CLEP) in the subjects for which they earned AP credit. To the extent that a student's high school does not offer AP courses, CLEP credit can supplement or substitute for AP credit.

Credit Awarded for Advanced Placement

The amount of credit a student may receive from AP exams varies according to the department as described in the table below. Credits and course equivalencies are subject to change.

 

english AP EXAM

EXAM SCORE

PSU CREDIT OFFERED*

COURSES SATISFIED*

English Language & Composition

3+

4

WR 121

English Literature & Composition

3+

4

ENG 100

foreign languages AP EXAM

EXAM SCORE

PSU CREDIT OFFERED*

COURSES SATISFIED*

French, German, Italian, or Spanish 3 12 A score of 3 in French, German, Italian or Spanish confers 12 credits for the first-year sequence (101, 102, 103); 
French, German, Italian, or Spanish 4 12 A score of 4 in each of these exams confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (201, 202, 203); 

French, German, Italian, or Spanish

5

12

A score of 5 in each of these exams confers 12 upper-division credits per exam as follows: French: FR 301, 302, 303; German: GER 301, 302, UD; Italian IT UD; Spanish: SPAN 301, 302, 303.

Latin

3+

12

A score of 3 or higher in Latin confers 12 credits for the second-year Latin sequence (201, 202, 203).

Chinese or Japanese

3

15

A score of 3 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the first-year sequence (101. 102. 103);  

Chinese or Japanese

4

15

A score of 4 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the second-year sequence (201, 202, 203);  .

Chinese or Japanese

5

15

A score of 5 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 upper-division elective credits

FOREIGN LITERATURES AP EXAM

EXAM SCORE

PSU CREDIT OFFERED*

COURSES SATISFIED*

French Literature (No longer offered)

3+

4

FR UD

Latin Literature (No longer offered)

3+

4

LAT 202

Spanish Literature & Culture

3

4

SPAN UD

Spanish Literature & Culture

4

8

SPAN UD

Spanish Literature & Culture

5

12

SPAN UD

HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES AP EXAM

EXAM SCORE

PSU CREDIT OFFERED*

COURSES SATISFIED*

Human Geography

3+

4

GEOG 230

Government & Politics: United States

4+

4

PS 101

Government & Politics: Comparative

4+

4

PS 204

History (European)

3

4

HST 103

  4+ 8 HST 102, 103

History (US)

3

4

HST 203

  4+ 8 HST 202, 203

History (World)

3

4

HST 106

  4+ 8 HST 105/106

Macroeconomics

3

4

EC 202

Microeconomics

3+

4

EC 201

Psychology

3+

4

PSY LD

SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS AP EXAM

EXAM SCORE

PSU CREDIT OFFERED*

COURSES SATISFIED*

Biology

4+

12

BI LD

Calculus AB

3

4

MTH 251

Calculus AB

4+

8

MTH 251, 252

Calculus BC

3

8

MTH 251, 252

Calculus BC

4+

12

MTH 251, 252, 253

Chemistry

4+

15

CH 221, 222, 223, 227, 228, 229

Computer Science A

4+

4

CS LD

Computer Science AB

3

4

CS LD

Computer Science AB

4+

8

CS LD

Environmental Science

3+

4

ESM LD

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

4+

5

PH 201, 214

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

4+

5

PH 202, 215

Physics 1: Algebra-Based AND

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

4+ (both exams)

15

PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216

Physics B (No longer offered)

4+

15

PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216

Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism

4+

4

PH 222, 215

Physics C - Mechanics

4+

4

PH 221, 214

Statistics

4+

4

STAT 243

HUMANITIES AP EXAM

EXAM SCORE

PSU CREDIT OFFERED*

COURSES SATISFIED*

Art History

4+

8

ARH 205, 206

Music Theory 

4+

8

MUS 111, 112, 114, 115

Studio Art: 2-D Design

4+

4

ART 115

Studio Art: 3-D Design

4+

4

ART 199

Studio Art: Drawing

4+

4

ART 131