Advanced Placement

Credit Equivalencies

Advanced Placement

Rhodes will normally grant course credit to entering students who score either 4 or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement examination. Students who score 3 on an Advanced Placement examination may enroll in advanced course work if the relevant department recommends it. 

Cambridge Pre-U, Cambridge A and AS Levels, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Rhodes recognizes the Cambridge Pre-U, A-Level and AS-level exams, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate academic programs and welcomes for review the submission of scores on these examinations. Course credit is normally granted for examinations on each of these programs passed with sufficiently high scores: M3 or higher in Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject: C or higher in Cambridge A and AS levels:  5, 6 or 7 in IB Higher Level; 13 or higher in OIB. An IB score of 4 may qualify a student for advanced course work, subject to review by the appropriate academic department. 

A maximum combined total of thirty-two (32) credits may be earned through Advanced Placement, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate examinations.

Advanced Placement, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate credit may not be used to satisfy Rhodes’ Foundation requirements except for scores in English and, in certain subjects, scores of 5 on AP exams, D3 or higher on Cambridge Pre-U exams, 6 or 7 on IB higher-level exams, and 16 or higher on Option International Baccalaureate exams. All students must take the Rhodes placement test in the appropriate language to determine proficiency and placement, including students who took an AP language exam in that language.

A student, who has successfully completed advanced secondary school education, including the British Advanced Level Examinations, the French Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, or the equivalent, may receive some advanced standing or transfer credit at Rhodes for that work. Such credit is not granted, however, until the student has been admitted and has enrolled at Rhodes, at which time his or her credentials will be reviewed by the Registrar and the academic departments in which the credit(s) will be applied.

Receipt of official score reports and formal evaluation of AP/Cambridge Pre-U/IB/OIB score reports must be completed within 10 weeks of the beginning of a student’s first semester of enrollment as a degree-seeking student at Rhodes.

Notice for Modern Languages Programs:

Modern Languages (Chinese, French, German, Spanish): Students who earned a 4 or 5 on a language AP exam in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish will receive 4 credits of that language′s 201 course by demonstrating proficiency in that language. Proficiency is demonstrated by achieving a placement score above the 201 level AND by demonstrating high intermediate oral and written proficiency through face-to-face testing with language faculty.  No further language coursework is then required. A student who earned a 4 or 5 on a language AP exam but who does not achieve proficiency based on the placement test and faculty approval does not receive any credit for the AP exam and must take an appropriate four-credit language course numbered 201 or higher in order to earn that credit and proficiency.

Ancient Mediterranean Studies (Latin): If a student scored a 4 or 5 on the Latin AP exam and completes Latin 202 (or a more advanced course) with a grade of “B” or higher, the student can be awarded 4 credits (Latin 265) for the AP exam.  This awarded credit in Latin 265 may be used toward a major or minor in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. A student must pass the Latin proficiency exam or successfully complete Latin 201 or a more advanced course in order to fulfill the F10.