Cambridge International (CI)

Pierce College will grant a minimum elective credit for each Cambridge International Examination for A-level exam with a passing grade or above for approved examinations. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official Cambridge International Examination results, not transcript notation. Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams will not be granted. No grades are posted for A-level exams.

International Baccalaureate (BI)

Pierce College will grant a minimum elective credit for an International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) exam score of 5 or higher. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official IB results, not transcript notation.

Advanced Placement (AP)

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.

Credit Evaluation

  • Submit an official exam 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 3–5 ART& 100 (5)
Art: Studio Art — Drawing 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 Humanities Distribution (5)
Art: 2D Design 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 Humanities Distribution (5)
Art: 3D Design 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 Humanities Distribution (5)
Biology 3–5 BIOL& 160 (5) 1
Calculus AB 3–5 MATH& 151 (5)
Calculus BC 3–5 MATH& 152 (5)
Chemistry 3–4 CHEM& 121 OR CHEM& 161 (5) 2
  5 CHEM& 121 OR CHEM& 161 and CHEM& 162 (10) 3
Chinese Language & Culture 3 CHIN& 121 (5)
  4 CHIN& 121 (5) and Humanities Distribution (5)
  5 CHIN& 121 (5) and Humanities Distribution (10) 4
Computer Science A 3–5 Elective (5)
Computer Science AB 3–5 Elective (5)
Economics: Micro 3–5 ECON& 201 (5)
Economics: Macro 3 ECON& 202 (5)
English: Lang & Comp 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 ENGL& 101 (5)
     
English: Lit & Comp 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 ENGL& 101 (5)
Environmental Science 3–5 ENVS& 100 (5)
European History 3–5 Social Science Distribution (5)
French Language & Culture 3 FRCH & 121 (5)
  4 FRCH & 121 and FRCH & 122, (10)
  5 FRCH & 121, FRCH & 122 and FRCH & 123 (10) 5
French Literature 3 FRCH & 121 (5)
  4 FRCH & 121 and FRCH & 122, (10)
  5 FRCH & 121, FRCH & 122 and FRCH & 123 (10)
German Language & Culture 3 GERM& 121, (5)
  4 GERM& 121 and GERM& 122 (10)
  5 GERM& 121, GERM& 122 and GERM& 123 (10) 6
US Government & Politics 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 POLS& 202 (5)
Comparative Government & Politics 3 Elective (5)
  4 POLS& 101 (5)
  5 POLS& 101 and POLS& 201 (10)
Human Geography 3–5 GEOG& 200 (5)
Italian Language & Culture 3 Humanities Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Elective (10)
  5 Humanities Elective (10)
Japanese Language 3 JAPN& 121 (5)
  4 JAPN& 121 and JAPN& 122 (10)
  5 JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122 and JAPN& 123 (15)
Latin Literature 3 Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Distribution (10)
  5 Humanities Distribution (10)
Latin: Virgil 3 Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Distribution (10)
  5 Humanities Distribution (10)
Latin Literature & Culture 3 Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Distribution (10)
  5 Humanities Distribution (10)
Music Theory 3 Humanities Distribution (5)
  4–5 MUSC& 141 (5)
Music Listening/ Literature 3–5 MUSC&105 (5)
Physics 1 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 PHYS& 114 (5)
Physics 2 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 PHYS& 115 (5)
Physics B 3–5 Elective (5)
Physics C (Mechanics) 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 PHYS& 221 (5)
Physics C (Elect. & Mag.) 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 PHYS& 223 (5)
Psychology 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 PSYC& 100 (5)
Spanish Language & Culture 3 SPAN& 121 (5)
  4 SPAN& 121 and SPAN& 122 (10)
  5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122 and SPAN& 123 (10)
Spanish Literature & Culture 3 SPAN& 121 (5)
  4 SPAN& 121 and SPAN& 122 (10)
  5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122 and SPAN& 123 (10) 7
Statistics 3–5 MATH& 146 (5)
U.S. History 3–5 HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158 or HIST& 159 (5)
World History 3 HIST& 126,HIST& 127 or HIST& 128 (5)

[1] For applicants to the Veterinary Technology program, AP Biology may be accepted as part of the entrance requirements. Please submit a course exception form for permission to use AP Biology.

[2] Students interested in the health professions can request CHEM & 121. STEM students can request CHEM& 161. 

[3] See previous note.

[4] Work with an advisor to determine the best course option for your plan of study. 

[5] Work with an advisor to determine the best course option for your plan of study.

[6] Work with an advisor to determine the best course option for your plan of study. 

[7] Work with an advisor to determine the best course option for your plan of study.   

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.