Advanced Placement Exams
International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level Exams (A-levels)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS

EXAM
(1Credit granted by UC)
SCOREUC BERKELEY COURSE(S) or REQUIREMENT(S) SATISFIED
Chemistry
(5.3 Units)
3 or higher none
2Math
   Calculus AB
   Calculus AB SUB
(2.7 units)
3 or higher Math 1A
2Math
   Calculus BC
(5.3 units)
3 or 4 Math 1A
5 Math 1A and 1B
2Physics 1 and 2
(5.3 units for both)
3 or higher none
2Physics C
   Mechanics
   Electricity & Magnetism
( 2.7 units each)
Sum of two tests:
8 or less none
9 or higher Physics 7A (Consider taking the physics honors sequence.)
2English
    Literature & Composition
(5.3 units)
3 Entry-Level Writing
4 3Entry-Level Writing and a first-level Reading and Composition course (e.g., English R1A) with 4 units of credit toward the Breadth requirement
5 3Entry-Level Writing and first- and second-level Reading and Composition courses (e.g., English R1A and Rhetoric R1B) with 5.3 units of credit total toward the Breadth requirement
2English
    Language & Composition
(5.3 units)
3 Entry-Level Writing
4 or 5 3Entry-Level Writing and a first-level Reading and Composition course (e.g., English R1A) with 4 units of credit toward the Breadth requirement
Art
    History of Art
History
    European
    United States
    World
Music Theory
(5.3 units each)
3 or higher 3 units of credit (for each test) toward the Breadth requirement
Economics
    Macroeconomics
    Microeconomics
Government & Politics
    Comparative
    United States
Human Geography
Psychology
(2.7 units each)
3 or higher 2.7 units of credit (for each test) toward the Breadth requirement
French Literature
Spanish Literature

(5.3 units each)
3 or higher For chemical engineering majors, 3 units of credit (for each test) toward the Breadth requirement

4For chemistry or chemical biology majors, each test satisfies either the Foreign Language requirement or 3 units of credit toward the Breadth requirement
Chinese Language and Culture
French Language
German Language
Italian Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Spanish Language

(5.3 units each)
3 or higher For chemical engineering majors, 5.3 units of credit (for each test) toward the Breadth requirement
Note: For chemical engineering majors, no more than 6 units of foreign language may be counted toward the Breadth requirement

4For chemistry or chemical biology majors, each test satisfies either the Foreign Language requirement or 5.3 units of credit toward the Breadth requirement
Latin
   Literature
   Vergil
(2.7 units each)
3 or higher For chemical engineering majors, 2.7 units of credit (for each test) toward the Breadth requirement

4For chemistry or chemical biology majors, each test satisfies either the Foreign Language requirement or 2.7 units of credit toward the Breadth requirement
2Art
   Studio Art
3 or higher Does not satisfy any college/major requirement
Biology
(5.3 units)
3 Does not satisfy any college/major requirement
4 or 5 For chemical biology or chemical engineering majors, 1A and 1AL

For chemistry majors, does not satisfy any college/major requirement

Note: With a score of 4 or 5, students receive subject credit for Biology 1A, 1AL, and 1B as prerequisite to other courses.

Consult the Career Center regarding the use of tests for admission to professional schools.
2Computer Science A
(1.3 units)
2Computer Science AB
(2.7 units)
3 or higher Does not satisfy any college/major requirement
Environmental Science
(2.7 units)
3 or higher Does not satisfy any college/major requirement
Statistics
(2.7 units)
3 or higher Does not satisfy any college/major requirement
1The University of California grants unit credit for all Advanced Placement tests on which a student scores 3 or higher. The unit credit is posted on the student's UC Berkeley transcript and is included in the UC Berkeley unit total.
2Students who have passed both the English Literature and Composition and the English Language and Composition tests will receive a maximum of only 5.3 units of credit (total) for these tests. This is also true for the Math Calculus AB and Math Calculus BC tests, for the Physics 1, Physics 2, and Physics C tests, and for the Art Studio tests. Students who have passed both the Computer Science A and the Computer Science AB tests will receive a maximum of only 2.7 units of credit (total) for these tests.
3Reading and Composition Requirements: For the chemistry or chemical biology major, both first- and second-level Reading and Composition courses are required. For the chemical engineering major or chemical engineering joint majors, only a first-level Reading and Composition course is required.
4For the chemistry or chemical biology major, credit for an elementary foreign language cannot be applied to the Breadth requirement if the same foreign language is used to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.

↑ page top

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) EXAMS

UC Berkeley grants 5.3 units for each Higher Level (HL) Exam passed with a score of 5+; no credit is given for Standard Level exams

EXAMREQUIREMENTS SATISFIED
Chemistry Chem 1A/L; does not satisfy 4A
Math Math 1A
Physics None
Biology For chemical biology or chemical engineering majors, Bio 1A/L. For chemistry majors, does not satisfy any college/major requirement
Computer Science None
Design Technology None
   
English A Entry Level Writing
A- and B-level Reading & Composition courses
5.3 units of credit toward the Breadth requirement
English B None
   
Foreign Languages
A or B
For chemical engineering majors, 5.3 units toward the Breadth requirement. No more than 6 units of foreign language credit may be counted toward the Breath requirement for chemical engineering majors.

For chemistry and chemical biology majors, each exam satisfies either the Foreign Language requirement or 5.3 units toward the Breadth requirement.
   
Business & Management 3 units (for each exam) toward the Breadth requirement
Economics Same
Film Same
Geography Same
History Same; History of the Americas option also satisfies the Am. History & Inst. requirement
Information Technology in a Global Society Same
Philosophy Same
Psychology Same
Social & Cultural Anthropology Same
   
Dance None
Music 3 units toward the Breadth requirement
Theater Arts None
Visual Arts (Option B only) 3 units toward the Breadth requirement

↑ page top

GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (GCE) ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMS (A-levels)

UC Berkeley grants 8 units for each A-level Exam passed with a score A(1), B(2), or C(3)

EXAMREQUIREMENTS SATISFIED
Chemistry
(all examining boards)
Does not satisfy Chemistry 4A or 4B
Satisfies Chem 1A/L
   
Math
(all examining boards)
Maximum units awarded for all Math exams is 8
Mathematics Score of A(1) or B(2) satisfies Math 1A
Pure Math Same
Further Mathematics Score of A(1) or B(2) satisfies Math 1A and 1B
Math H1 Math 1A
Math H2, H3 Score of A(1) satisfies Math 1A + 1B; students are recommended to take Math H1B
Physics None
Biology For chemical biology or chemical engineering majors, Bio 1A/L
For chemistry majors, does not satisfy any college/major requirement
Statistics UC Berkeley does not grant credit for the A-level Statistics exam
   
English Literature A Entry Level Writing
A- and B-level Reading & Composition courses
Score of A(1): 8 units toward the Breadth requirement
Score of B(2) or C(3): 6 units toward the Breadth requirement
English Language & Lit A Same as for English Literature A
Humanities & Social Science Exams 3 units toward the Breadth requirement
Foreign Language Exams For chemical engineering majors, 3 units toward the Breadth requirement. No more than 6 units of foreign language credit may be counted toward the Breadth requirement.

For chemistry and chemical biology majors, each exam satisfies either the Foreign Language requirement or 3 units toward the Breadth requirement.

Contact the College of Chemistry Undergraduate Office for information about credit and course equivalency for other A-level exams.

↑ page top