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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.

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

Send transcript(s) to:

Admissions, Registration and Records
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Relation between CLEP and AP Program

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 and the scores required for the credit vary according to the department as described in the table below. Credits and course equivalencies are subject to change.

 

AP EXAMEXAM SCOREPSU CREDIT OFFERED*COURSES SATISFIED*
English
English Language & Composition 3+ 4 WR 121
English Literature & Composition 3+ 4 ENG 100
Foreign Languages
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);  a score of 4 in French, German, Italian or Spanish confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (201, 202, 203);  and a score of 5 in French, German, Italian or Spanish confers 12 upper-division elective credits.

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

A score of 3 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the first-year sequence (101. 102. 103);  a score of 4 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the second-year sequence (201, 202, 203);  and a score of 5 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 upper-division elective credits.

  4 12
  5 12
Latin 3+ 12
Chinese or Japanese
3 15

4 15

5 15
Foreign Literatures
French Literature 3+ 4 FR UD
Latin Literature 3+ 4 LAT 202
Spanish Literature & Culture
3+ 4 SPAN UD
History & Social Sciences
Human Geography 3+ 4 GEOG 230
Government & Politics: United States 4+ 4 PS 101
Government & Politics: Comparative 4+ 4 PS 204
History (European) 3+ 8 HST 101, 102
History (US) 3+ 8 HST 201, 202
History (World) 3+ 8 HST LD
Macroeconomics 3+ 4 EC 202
Microeconomics 3+ 4 EC 201
Psychology 3+ 4 PSY LD
Science & Mathematics
Biology 4+ 12 BI LD
Calculus AB 3 4 MTH 251

4+ 8 MTH 251, 252
Calculus BC 3 8 MTH 251, 252

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

4+ 8 CS LD
Environmental Science 3+ 4 ESM LD
Physics B 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
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