AP, IB & A-Levels

We offer credit by examination for students who participate in the Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or A-Level Examination programs.

Students who enter as first-year students must earn at least 24 Bates credits in order to be awarded a Bates degree. With 32 course credits (plus two Short Term Course credits) in all required for the degree, up to eight non-Bates credits may be applied toward the total. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, A-Level Examination, and transfer credits are all considered non-Bates credit and may not exceed eight credits in total.


AP Policy

Students may be awarded credit for an AP examination given by the Educational Testing Service. An official copy of the examination scores must be sent to the Bates Registrars Office and can be obtained by contacting The College Board, P.O. Box 6671, Princeton, NJ 08541-6671. (Or you can print an unofficial order form).

A student who achieves a score of four or five on an Advanced Placement examination given by the Educational Testing Service may be granted two course credits, or one course credit in the case of Advanced Placement courses covering the equivalent of one semester of college work. A student achieving a score of three on an examination covering the equivalent of two semesters of college work may be granted one course credit, upon approval of the chair of the appropriate department. No credit is granted for a score of three on an examination covering the equivalent of one semester of college work.

Individual departments and programs decide whether an Advanced Placement examination covers the equivalent of one or of two semesters of college work, whether any Advanced Placement credit permits exemption from their particular courses or major requirements, and whether Advanced Placement credits in their discipline provide exemption from any General Education requirements. View current the AP Departmental Policies.


International Bacalaureate Policy

Credit is awarded only upon receipt of the official International Baccalaureate transcript with the examination scores. The IB Subjects must be equivalent to subjects taught at Bates, with “English” accepted only if the focus was on literature rather than language instruction. For courses taken in the “Higher Level Subjects” category, one Bates course credit may be awarded for each IB course with an examination grade of 5. Two Bates course credits may be awarded for each IB course with examination grades of 6 or 7. For courses taken in the “Subsidiary Level Subjects” category, one course credit may be awarded for each course with an examination grade of 6 or 7.


A-Level Policy

Credit is awarded for successful scores on A-Level examinations only, not on O-Levels (ordinary level) or AS-level (Advanced Subsidiary) examinations. Grade of A or B = 2 Bates credits; 1 credit for B in Mathematics; Grade of C = 1 Bates credit; Grade lower than C = no credit. An official copy of examination grades must be presented on the General Certificate of Education, issued by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate or one of the following:

  1. Associated Examining Board
  2. Joint Matriculation Board
  3. University of London School Examinations Board
  4. Northern Ireland Schools Examinations and Assessment Council
  5. University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations
  6. Oxford and Cambridge Schools Examination Board
  7. Welsh Joint Education Committee

No credit may be granted for English language examinations or the general paper. Departments will establish course equivalencies where appropriate. The equivalency is applied towards general education and degree requirements according to the department’s established policy regarding AP credit.