Students should inform their advisor at orientation that they anticipate receiving credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination (CLEP) or Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level (A-Level) exams. This information may impact placement into courses required for their major. If a student has already been awarded credit for one of these exams at another institution, this credit will be reevaluated by UMD. The score received must be equivalent to the minimum score UMD accepted at the time the test was taken; otherwise, the credit will not be eligible for transfer to UMD. Exams credits that are accepted are recorded as transfer credit on the student's UMD records and will be included in the total number of credits earned. However, it is up to the advising college to determine how the exam credits are applied to the student's degree requirements. If a student has been awarded exam credit for an equivalent UMD course in which they have also earned credit, the course from the exam will be marked on their record as being a repeated course and the credits will be removed from the total number of credits earned.
Questions regarding the exams listed on this page should be directed to Transfer Credit Services at email@example.com.
Advanced Placement (AP) Examination
The University of Maryland (UMD) encourages applicants to seek AP credit so that academically successful students may move forward in their programs at an appropriate pace. However, credit is not awarded for all exams offered by the College Board. Credits are awarded, based on departmental approval, according to the charts below. Students need to have their scores sent directly to the UMD from the College Source (https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores); the institution code for the UMD is 5814.
Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for AP exams. Credit is awarded for minimum scores of 3 or higher, subject to ongoing departmental reevaluation. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences.
Certain departments, particularly Mathematics and Physics, have separate criteria for placement in courses and the assignment of credit. Students should check with those departments for additional information. All entering freshmen will be placed in math courses according to the University of Maryland math placement exam.
To see how credits are awarded by UMD for AP exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://transfercredit.umd.edu/gened.html to make this determination.
- GENED Students: Check this chart to see how AP credit is awarded.
- CORE Students: Check this chart to see how AP credit is awarded.