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Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

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Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

College Credit for Scores of 3 or Higher at all Illinois Public Institutions of Higher Education

On August 13, 2015, HB 3428 was signed into law amending The College and Career Success for All Students Act (Public Act 099-0358) which now provides that a student who takes a College Board Advanced Placement examination and receives a score of 3 or higher on the examination is entitled to receive postsecondary level course credit at a public institution of higher education. The Act requires each public institution of higher education to comply with the same standard of awarding course credit to any student receiving a score of 3 or higher on a College Board Advanced Placement examination and applying the credit to meet a corresponding course requirement for degree completion at that institution of higher education.

Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, each public institution of higher education shall determine for each test whether credit will be granted for electives, general education requirements, or major requirements and the Advanced Placement scores required to grant credit for those purposes. Each institution is also required to publish and maintain its Advanced Placement examination score course granting policy on its website. 

The following provides links to all Illinois public universities’ AP policies and score charts:  

Chicago State University -- AP Policy and AP Score Chart (pdf)

Eastern Illinois University -- AP Policy and AP Score Chart

Governors State University -- AP Policy & Score Chart (pdf)

Illinois State University
AP Policy (Hint: Scroll past Departmental Proficiency Examinations section to see AP Policy)
AP Policy (pdf) (See pgs. 47–48 in the Undergraduate Catalog for more information about ISU’s AP policy/procedure)
AP Score Chart (pdf)

Northeastern Illinois University -- AP Policy and AP Score Chart (pdf)

Northern Illinois University -- AP Policy and AP Score Chart (pdf)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale -- AP Policy and AP Score Chart (pdf)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville -- AP Policy (*Link to pdf of SIUE’s AP Score Chart is embedded on this page)

University of Illinois at Chicago -- AP Policy & Score Chart
(Note: There are two separate charts – Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2016 and Students Enrolled Beginning Fall 2016; be sure to view the applicable chart when checking scores and equivalencies.)

University of Illinois at Springfield -- AP Policy & Score Chart (Hint: Scroll past CLEP chart to see AP Credit Chart)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
AP Policy & Score Chart* (This link is under UIUC’s Admissions website*)
AP Policy & Score Chart* (This link is under UIUC’s Placement and Proficiency website*)
(*Note that both links will display the institution’s policies regarding AP credit as well as the score charts.)

Western Illinois University -- AP Policy & Score Chart

AP information for IL Community Colleges:
To access the IL community colleges’ AP policies and score charts, visit the Illinois Community College Board’s AP webpage.

AP information for Private Institutions 
Although this law only applies to Illinois public community colleges and universities, some private institutions have also created policies and score to credit equivalency charts for Advanced Placement exams. Private institutions are invited to request links to their AP policies and score charts be added to this webpage at any time by contacting Malinda Aiello.

Bradley University -- AP Policy & Score Chart

Malinda Aiello
Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
Main: (217) 782-2551
Direct: (217) 557-7355
Fax: (217) 782-8548
Email: aiello@ibhe.org
Web: www.ibhe.org
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377