Advanced Credit

Credit Awarded for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exams

Students who have earned the required score on any of these exams have already fulfilled the Core Curriculum language requirement and do not need to take any more language classes unless they intend to declare a major or minor in the language or a major in International Business.

It is the responsibility of the student to have an official record of the exam score(s) sent to Undergraduate Admissions at USD. Ms. Lynne Stearns processes them and makes credit notations on the USD academic record. Please direct questions to her (Barcelona 302B, extension 7749).  If you have not already had your AP score(s) submitted, please contact the College Board code with USD's code 4849.  Likewise, if your IB score is still to be submitted, please ask your IB Coordinator or Guidance Counselor to direct the report to USD using this code: 001458.

Students who have received an acceptable score on any AP or IB exam must also take the Placement Exam. Those who wish to study a new language must file a Waiver for 101 before they may enroll in a fourth semester class (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish 202). 

Those who have taken the AP Literature or the IB High Level exam must consult the appropriate faculty below to determine what class to take next:

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exams, Required Scores and Language Credit Awarded

Examination

Score

Language Credit Awarded

AP (Language and Culture):
Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

4 or 5

201 (3 units)

AP (Language): Latin

4 or 5

201 (3 units)

AP (Literature and Culture):
Spanish Literature and Culture

4 or 5

201 + L/D elective (6 units)

IB (Standard Level):
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian,
Japanese, Latin, Spanish   

5

201 (3 units)

IB (High Level): Arabic, Chinese, French,
German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish

5

201 + 202 (6 units)

 
Students who have not taken these exams may still meet the Core Curriculum language requirement by taking the USD Competency Exam.