AP, CLEP, & IB Exams and Scores

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are offered to high school students through College Board, a non-profit organization that expands access to higher education.  Normally, high school students prepare for the AP exams by taking AP classes offered at their high school.  With a sufficient score on an AP exam, students are able to earn college credit at any of the six state universities in Kansas.

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a credit-by-examination program that allows individuals to demonstrate mastery of college-level material.  CLEP exams are administered at more than test centers in Kansas.  With a sufficient score on any of the CLEP exams, individuals are able to earn college credit at any of the six state universities in Kansas.

The Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization is a two-year curriculum typically for high school juniors and seniors and includes over 30 courses from six subject areas. Students take subject exams for each course, whether at the Standard Level or Higher Level, and earn scores of 1 to 7.

While AP and CLEP exams are administered by the College Board, and IB exams are administered by the IB Organization, only universities and colleges may grant college credit. As the governing body for the six state universities, the Kansas Board of Regents approved policy outlining the awarding of credit for AP, CLEP, and IB exams. 

AP Exam Scores

With the exception of five exams, each state university shall award credit for all AP exam scores at 3 or above for the equivalent course(s) at their institution.  (For a list of these courses, please refer to the institution's website.)  The following exams require scores above 3 for credit to be awarded.

 AP Exam

Score
Art History 4
Physics 1 4
Physics 2 4
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 4
Physics C: Mechanics  4

CLEP Exam Scores

Each state university shall award credit for all CLEP exam scores at or above the American Council of Education’s (ACE) credit-granting recommended score of 50 for the equivalent course or courses at their institution. (For a list of these courses, please refer to the institution's website.) 

IB Exam Scores

COVID-19 Notice: In response to school closings due to the impact and ongoing threat of COVID-19, in May 2020, the Board of Regents approved a one-time exception to the CPL policy regarding IB scores. The exception allows the use of a calculation that takes into account students’ coursework marks and their predicted grade, as submitted by schools to IB, rather than their exam score, for awarding credit for equivalent courses at the universities.  For IB scores issued in July 2020, students who earn a 4 or higher shall be awarded credit for the equivalent course or courses at each state university. (For a list of these courses, please refer to the institution's website.)

Beginning July 1, 2019, each state university shall award credit for all International Baccalaureate exam scores at or above a score of 4 at the Standard Level or the Higher Level, for the equivalent course or courses at their institution. (For a list of these courses, please refer to the institution's website.)  

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