Advanced Placement Credit

Pierce College grants credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams in accordance with standards set by the Washington State Instruction Commission (IC) for Community and Technical Colleges. Advanced Placement credit may be used to fulfill degree requirements.

Students who receive AP scores of 3, 4 or 5 in approved subject areas will be granted credit at Pierce College. Eligible AP credits are posted to the Pierce College transcript with “P” (PASS) grades. The chart below specifies the equivalent class for each AP exam.

Advanced Placement Evaluation

  • Submit an official Advanced Placement transcript to the Pierce College Evaluations Office
  • Successfully complete 15 college level credits at Pierce College
  • Have a 2.0 or higher grade point average
  • Submit a Credit Evaluation Request to the Pierce College Evaluations Office

Pierce College Evaluations Office
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
evaluations@pierce.ctc.edu
253-964-6678

Evaluation Results

  • All eligible credits are posted to the Pierce College transcript
  • Students will be notified of the results through their college email

Advanced Placement Test Equivalencies

AP Test Score Courses and Credits listed are the minimum awarded per score
Art: Art History 3 ART& 100 (5)
  4 ART& 100 (5)
  5 ART& 100 (5)
Art: Studio Art - Drawing 3 Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Distribution (5)
  5 Humanities Distribution (5)
Art: 2D Design 3 Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Distribution (5)
  5 Humanities Distribution (5)
Art: 3D Design 3 Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Distribution (5)
  5 Humanities Distribution (5)
Biology 3 BIOL& 100, BIOL& 160 (5)
  4 BIOL& 100, BIOL& 160 (5)
  5 BIOL& 100, BIOL& 160 (5)
Calculus AB 3 MATH& 151 (5)
  4 MATH& 151 (5)
  5 MATH& 151 (5)
Calculus BC 3 MATH& 151, MATH& 152 (5)
  4 MATH& 151, MATH& 152 (5)
  5 MATH& 151, MATH& 152 (5)
 Chemistry 3 CHEM& 121, CHEM& 161 (5)
  4 CHEM& 121, CHEM& 161 (5)
  5 CHEM& 121, CHEM& 161, CHEM& 162 (10)
Chinese Language & Culture  3 CHIN& 121 (5)
  4 CHIN& 121, CHIN& 122 (5)
  5 CHIN& 121, CHIN& 122, CHIN& 123 (10)
Computer Science A 3 Elective (5)
  4 Elective (5)
  5 Elective (5)
Computer Science AB 3 Elective (5)
  4 Elective (5)
  5 Elective (5)
Economics: Micro 3 ECON& 201 (5)
  4 ECON& 201 (5)
  5 ECON& 201 (5)
Economics: Macro 3 ECON& 202 (5)
  4 ECON& 202 (5)
  5 ECON& 202 (5)
English: Lang & Comp 3 Elective (5)
  4 ENGL& 101 (5)
  5 ENGL& 101 (5)
English: Lit & Comp 3 Elective (5)
  4 ENGL& 101 (5)
  5 ENGL& 101 (5)
Environmental Science 3 ENVS& 100 (5)
  4 ENVS& 100, ENVS& 101 (5)
  5 ENVS& 100, ENVS& 101 (5)
European History 3 HIST& 116, HIST& 117, HIST& 118 (5)
  4 HIST& 116, HIST& 117, HIST& 118 (5)
  5 HIST& 116, HIST& 117, HIST& 118 (5)
French Language & Culture 3 FRCH& 121 (5)
  4 FRCH& 121, FRCH& 122, (5)
  5 FRCH& 121, FRCH& 122, FRCH& 123 (10)
French Literature 3 FRCH& 121 (5)
  4 FRCH& 121, FRCH &122, (5)
  5 FRCH& 121, FRCH& 122, FRCH& 123 (10)
German Language & Culture  3 GERM& 121, (5)
  4 GERM& 121, GERM& 122 (5)
  5 GERM& 121, GERM& 122, GERM& 123 (10) 
US Government & Politics 3 Elective (5)
  4 POLS& 202 (5) 
  5 POLS& 202 (5)
Comparative Government & Politics  3 Elective (5) 
  4 POLS& 101 (5)
  5 POLS& 101, POLS& 201 (5)
Human Geography 3 GEOG& 200 (5)
  4 GEOG& 200 (5)
  5 GEOG& 200 (5)
Italian Language & Culture  3 ITAL& 121 (5)
  4 ITAL& 121 (5)
  5 ITAL& 121 (5) Humanities elective (10)
Japanese Language 3 JAPN& 121 (5)
  4 JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122 (5)
  5 JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122, JAPN& 123 (10) 
Latin Literature 3 Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Distribution (5)
  5 Humanities Distribution (5) 
Latin: Virgil 3 Humanities Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Distribution (5)/Humanities Elective (5)
  5 Humanities Distribution (5)/Humanities Elective (10)
Latin Literature & Culture 3 Elective (5) 
  4 Humanities Distribution (5)
  5 Humanities Distribution (5)
Music Theory 3 MUSC& 131 (5)
  4 MUSC& 131, MUSC& 141 (5)
  5 MUSC& 131, MUSC& 141 (5)
Music Listening/Literature  3 MUSC& 105 (5)
  4 MUSC& 105 (5)
  5 MUSC& 105 (5) 
Physics 1 3 Elective (5)
  4 PHYS& 114, PHYS& 134 (5)
  5 PHYS& 114, PHYS& 134 (5)
Physics 2 3 Elective (5)
  4 PHYS& 115, PHYS& 135 (5)
  5 PHYS& 115, PHYS& 135 (5) 
Physics B 3 Elective (5)
  4 Elective (5)
  5 Elective (5)
Physics C (Mechanics) 3 Elective (5)
  4 Elective (5), PHYS& 221 (5)
  5 Elective (5), PHYS& 221 (5)
Physics C (Elect. & Mag.) 3 Elective (5)
  4 Elective (5), PHYS& 223 (5)
  5 Elective (5), PHYS& 223 (5)
Psychology 3 Elective (5)
  4 PSYC& 100 (5)
  5 PSYC& 100 (5)
Spanish Language & Culture 3 SPAN& 121 (5)
  4 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122 (5)
  5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122, SPAN& 123 (10)
Spanish Literature & Culture 3 SPAN& 121 (5)
  4 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122 (5)
  5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122, SPAN& 123 (10)
Statistics 3 MATH& 146 (5) 
  4 MATH& 146 (5)
  5 MATH& 146 (5)
U.S. History 3 HIST& 136, HIST& 137, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, HIST& 148, HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158, HIST& 159 (5)
  4 HIST& 136, HIST& 137, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, HIST& 148, HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158, HIST& 159 (5)
  5 HIST& 136, HIST& 137, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, HIST & 148, HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158, HIST& 159 (10)
World History 3 HIST& 126, HIST& 127, HIST& 128 (5)
  4 HIST& 126, HIST& 127, HIST& 128 (5)
  5 HIST& 126, HIST& 127, HIST& 128 (5)

Students interested in transferring to a four-year university should check the requirements of their target school to determine the best way to use their AP exam credits.