Advanced Placement Exams

Students are advised that beginning with the Class of 2024 the current Advanced Standing program has changed. 

Credit towards graduation is granted for Advanced Placement exams only if a student activates Advanced Standing. Incoming students who have taken AP exams need a total of 32 credits to be eligible for Advanced Standing. Credits are earned by scoring 5 on a minimum of four AP exams. Harvard confers 4 or 8 credits for eac eligible AP exam depending on whether the exam covers one semester or one full year's worth of material.

The chart below outlines the credits for eligible exams.

EXAM AP SCORE HARVARD
CREDIT
ARTS    
AP Art History 5 8
AP Music Theory 5 0
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design 5 0
AP Studio Art: 3-D Design 5 0
AP Studio Art: Drawing 5 0
ENGLISH*    
AP English Language and Composition 5 4
AP English Literature and Composition 5 8
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE    
AP Comparative Government and Politics 5 0
AP European History 5 8
AP Human Geography 5 0
AP Macroeconomics 5 4
AP Microeconomics 5 4
AP Psychology 5 4
AP United States Government and Politics 5 0
AP United States History 5 8
AP World History 5 0
MATH AND COMPUTER SCIENCE    
AP Calculus AB* 5 4
AP Calculus BC* 5 8
AP Computer Science A 5 0
AP Computer Science Principles 5 0
AP Statistics 5 4
SCIENCES    
AP Biology 5 8
AP Chemistry 5 8
AP Environmental Science 5 0
AP Physics B* 5 8
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism* 5 4
AP Physics C: Mechanics* 5 4
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based 5 0
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based 5 0
WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES    
AP Chinese Language and Culture 5 8
AP French Language and Culture 5 8
AP German Language and Culture 5 8
AP Italian Language and Culture 5 8
AP Japanese Language and Culture 5 8
AP Latin 5 4
AP Spanish Language and Culture* 5 8
AP Spanish Literature and Culture* 5 8

* Students may earn a maximum of 8 credits in each of English, Calculus, Physics, or Spanish.