Credit cannot be reviewed or awarded until official exam results/ transcripts are received directly from the testing organization. 

Students are not eligible to receive both exam credit and institutional credit for the same course. If you subsequently take a course at Lafayette for which you were awarded exam credit, the credit for the exam will be rescinded.

Advanced PLacement (AP) Exam Credit
International Baccalaureate (IB) exam credit
General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Levels) Exam Credit
credit College Level Examination program (CLEP) exam credit

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit

  • Lafayette participates in the Advanced Placement examination program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Candidates interested in receiving course credit and placement in advanced classes should take the AP examinations given in May of each year.
  • A score of either 4 or 5 on most examinations, and 3 or above on selected others, will earn course credit and advanced placement. The Lafayette faculty determine score assignments each spring/summer.
  • It is possible to receive sophomore standing with sufficient credit and approval.
  • Lafayette cannot grant any AP credit without possession of the official AP score report from the College Board before the end of the student’s sophomore year at the College.

2023-2024 Award Policy

Art History4, 51Elective in ArtG
Art: Drawing, 2-D or 3-D Art and Design4, 51Elective in Studio Art
Biology52Biology 111, Biology 112
Calculus AB (test year 2020-2021)4, 51Mathematics 125K, L
Calculus AB (test year 2022 and beyond)4, 51Mathematics 161K, L
Calculus BC (test year 2020-2021)3, 4, 51Mathematics 125K, L
Calculus BC (test year 2022 and beyond)31Mathematics 161K, L
Calculus BC (test year 2022 and beyond)4, 52Mathematics 161,
Mathematics 162
K, L
Chemistry (test year 2020 and beyond)4, 51Chemistry 107
Chinese Language and Culture3, 4, 51Chinese 102 or
Chinese 112
Computer Science A4, 51Computer Science 102F
Economics (Macroeconomics + Microeconomics)4, 51Economics 101A
English Language or Literature4, 51Elective in EnglishB, G
Environmental Science4, 51Elective in Environmental ScienceH, I
European History4, 51Elective in European HistoryJ
French Language and Culture3, 4, 51French 102 or French 112C
German Language and Culture3, 4, 51German 102 or German 112C
Govt. & Politics: Comparative4, 51Government 103
Govt. & Politics: U. S.4, 51Government 101
Italian Language and Culture3, 4, 51Italian 102 or 112C
Japanese Language and Culture3, 4, 51Japanese 102 or Japanese 112C
Latin3 ,4, 51Latin 102 or Latin 112C
Music Theory4, 51Music 121
Physics 14, 51Physics 111B, D
Physics 24, 51Physics 112B, D
Physics C: Mechanics4, 51Physics 131B
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism4, 51Physics 133B
Psychology4, 51Elective in PsychologyE
Spanish Language or Literature3, 4, 5 1Spanish 102 or Spanish 112C
Statistics (test year 2019 or earlier; 2021 and beyond)4, 51Mathematics 186
Statistics (test year 2020 only)4, 51Mathematics 110
United States History4, 51Elective in American HistoryJ
World History4, 51Elective in World HistoryJ


A – Must earn score of 4 or higher on both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

B – Same course.  (Cannot receive credit for Physics 111 & 131/151 and 112 & 133/152.) (Only one credit awarded in English.)

C – Satisfies the elementary proficiency in a second language requirement. (Maximum 1 credit per language.)

D – Engineering majors will not be awarded credit for Physics 111, 112.

E – Course is not equivalent to Psychology 110 and does not meet natural lab science requirement.

F – Course is equivalent to an Intro Computer Science course (104 or 105 or 106), but does not meet Natural Science CCS requirement. Students are not eligible to take Computer Science 104/105/106 if credit is earned for Computer Science 102.

G – Course meets the Humanities requirement in the Common Course of Study.

H – Course does not meet the natural lab science requirement.

I – Course not equivalent to either Environmental Studies 100 or Geology 110.

J – Elective credit cannot be applied in major.

K – A student who wishes to place themselves in their first mathematics course without having credit earned in the necessary prerequisite course(s) (Mathematics 161 and/or Mathematics 162 and/or Mathematics 263) must first pass the credit exam(s) offered by the Department of Mathematics. Credit will NOT be awarded for such exams until the student has passed the subsequent course for which they have registered.

L – Students may not earn credit for both Mathematics 125 + Mathematics 161 through AP and/or department credit exams.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit

  • The official results of the higher-level (HL) examination of the International Baccalaureate are considered for academic course credit at Lafayette College.
  • Acceptable score levels for the IB program are 5 or higher in most subjects. Each department will determine the specific amount of credit, but in general, credit awards follow the AP listing above.
  • No credit is awarded for standard/subsidiary-level (SL) examinations.
  • The full IB Diploma may qualify the holder for additional credit. See here for more information.

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Levels) Exam Credit

  • GCE A-levels are reviewed on a course by course basis; however, to be considered for credit, the course must have been taken at the advanced level and only a grade of A(a) will be accepted. Courses taken at the subsidiary level will not be considered regardless of grade.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exam Credit

  • Lafayette College does not award credit for the CLEP examination.