Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

Pierce College grants credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) exams in accordance with standards set by the Washington State Instruction Commission (IC) for Community and Technical Colleges. Credit will be awarded according to the charts below. Students must submit official transcripts for credit evaluation.

Cambridge International (CI)

Pierce College will grant minimum elective credit for each Cambridge International Examination for A-level exams 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–S level exams.

NOTE: 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, IB and CI exam credits.

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 will be posted to the student's Pierce College transcript
  • Students will be notified of the results of the evaluation 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 3–5 Humanities Distribution (5)
Art: 3D Design 3–5 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, CHIN& 122 (10)
  5 CHIN& 121, CHIN& 122, CHIN&123 (15) 4
Computer Science A 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 CS& 141 (5)
Computer Science AB 3–5 Elective (5)
Economics: Micro 3–5 ECON& 201 (5)
Economics: Macro 3–5 ECON& 202 (5)
English: Lang & Comp 3 Elective (5)
  4–5 ENGL& 101 (5)
English: Lit & Comp 3–5 Humanities Distribution (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, FRCH& 122 (10)
  5 FRCH& 121, FRCH& 122, FRCH& 123 (15) 5
French Literature 3 FRCH& 121 (5)
  4 FRCH& 121, FRCH& 122 (10)
  5 FRCH& 121, FRCH& 122, FRCH& 123 (15)
German Language & Culture 3 GERM& 121, (5)
  4 GERM& 121, GERM& 122 (10)
  5 GERM& 121, GERM& 122, GERM& 123 (15) 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, POLS& 201 (10)
Human Geography 3–5 GEOG& 200 (5)
Italian Language & Culture 3 Humanities Elective (5)
  4 Humanities Elective (5)
  5 Humanities Elective (10)
Japanese Language 3 JAPN& 121 (5)
  4 JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122 (10)
  5 JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122,  JAPN& 123 (15)
Latin Literature 3–4 Humanities Distribution (5)
  5 Humanities Distribution (10)
Latin: Virgil 3–4 Humanities Distribution (5)
  5 Humanities Distribution (10)
Latin Literature & Culture 3–4 Humanities Distribution (5)
  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 Science Distribution (5)
  4–5 PHYS& 114 (5)
Physics 2 3 Science Distribution (5)
  4–5 PHYS& 115 (5)
Physics B 3–5 Science Distribution (5)
Physics C (Mechanics) 3 Science Distribution (5)
  4–5 PHYS& 221 (5)
Physics C (Elect. & Mag.) 3 Science Distribution (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, SPAN& 122 (10)
  5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122, SPAN& 123 (15)
Spanish Literature & Culture 3 SPAN& 121 (5)
  4 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122 (10)
  5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122, SPAN& 123 (15) 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.

International Baccalaureate Test Equivalencies

IB SL or HL Examination  Score Minimum Credit
African History  4 Elective (5)
  5-7 Social Science Distribution Credit (5)
American History 4 Elective (5)
  5-7 HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158, OR HIST& 159 (5) 
Language A 4 Elective (5)
Arabic A, Chinese A,
French A, Japanese A,
Russian A, Spanish A
5-7 Humanities distribution (5)
Language B 4 Elective (5)
Arabic A, Chinese A,
French A, Japanese A,
Russian A, Spanish A
5-7 Humanities distribution: World Language (5)
Art / Design 4 Elective (5)
  5-7 Humanities distribution (5)
Biology 4 Elective (5)
  5-7 BIOL& 100 OR BIOL& 160 (5) 
Business & Management 4-7 Elective (5)
Chemistry 4 Elective (5)
  5 CHEM& 121 OR CHEM& 161 (5)
  6 CHEM& 121 OR CHEM& 161 AND CHEM& 162 (10)
Computer Science  4-7 Elective (5)
Design Technology  4-7 Elective (5)
East/Southeast Asia and Oceania History    4 Elective (5)
   5-7 Social Science Distribution Credit (5)
Economics  4 Elective (5)
   5 ECON& 201 (5)
   6-7 ECON& 201 AND ECON& 202 (10)
English A Literature   4 Elective (5)
   5-7 ENGL& 111 (5) 
English A Language & Literature  4 Elective (5) 
   5-7 ENGL& 101
European History  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 Social Science Distribution Credit (5)
Geography  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 Social Science Distribution Credit (5)
Global Politics  4-7 Elective (5)
Information Technology in a Global Society  4-7 Elective (5)
Mathematics  4 Elective (5)
   5-6 MATH& 142 (5)
   7 MATH& 151 (5) 
Further Mathematics  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 MATH& 151 (5)
Music  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 MUSC& 105 (5)
Philosophy  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 PHIL& 101 (5)
Physics  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 PHYS& 114, PHYS& 115 AND PHYS&116 (15)
Psychology  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 PSYC& 100 (5) 
Social & Cultural Anthropology  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 ANTH& 206 (5)  
Sports, Exercise & Health Science  4-7 Elective (5)
Theatre  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 DRMA& 101 (5) 
Visual Arts  4 Elective (5)
   5-7 ART& 100 (5)