AP and Dual-Credit Equivalency

High school students may receive credit at Centre by transferring equivalent courses from other accredited institutions or earning high scores on recognized exams.

Pre-matriculation Policy

  • We award a maximum of 24 hours of pre-matriculation credits to first-year students from all sources (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual-credit, all other college credit). Students who exceed the 24-hour limit may choose which credits will be awarded and you may adjust your choices later subject to the constraints of any other College policies.
  • We will not award credit for any course or examination completed prior to the start of your junior year in high school.
  • Regardless of credit granted, students must complete at least one general education course in residence in the following three areas: social studies, science, and fundamental questions. 

Exam Equivalency 

Centre rewards extraordinary achievement prior to high school graduation in preparation for college, and all Centre students enter with exceptional academic credentials. Some of those credentials include high scores in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and some international exams. Credit is not granted for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam scores.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit

Centre awards a minimum of three hours of credit for scores of 4 or 5 on most Advanced Placement exams and grades of 3 in foreign languages1.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit

Centre awards a minimum of three hours of credit for scores of 6 or 7 on higher-level exams (and for a grade of 5 in foreign languages, subject to validation by placement test).

International Exams

International exam scores are reviewed for credit on a case-by-case basis. 


African American Studies3Elective
American History3Elective
Art History3Elective
Art: Studio, Drawing3Elective; Portfolio review for ARS110
Chinese Language & Culture61CHN 210, 220
Computer Science A4CSC170
Computer Science Principles3Elective; Bypass CSC170 with department approval
Economics micro/macro3Elective; ECO110 if 4 or 5 in one exam and 3 or higher in other exam
English Literature & Composition3Elective4
Environmental Science3Elective for 4; ENS210 for 5
European History43Elective
French Language/Literature61FRE210, FRE221
German Language/Literature61GER210; 220
Government/Politics: American3Elective
Government/Politics: Comparative3Elective
Latin: Vergil/Cat.-Horace61LAT210; 220
Music Theory3MUS110
Calculus AB3MAT165
Calculus BC6MAT170; 171- placed in MAT 2352
Physics 1 (no credit for Physics 2)4PHY110
Physics C-Mech (no credit for Physics C-E&M)4PHY110 
Spanish Language/Literature61SPA210; 220
World History33Elective

1-Pending validation by placement test.
2-If  BC score is 3, student will receive 3 hours of credit for MAT 165 
3- If BC grade is <4 but AB subscore is 4 or 5, student will receive 3 hours of credit for MAT 165.
4- Credit not given for both world history and European history


  1. The student loses AP credit if he or she choses to take the equivalent course here. For example, AP credit in chemistry is lost if the student takes CHE 131.
  2. Despite the equivalencies noted above, only one general education requirement may be fulfilled through Advanced Placement credit in each of three exploration areas: one Arts & Humanities requirement, one Social Studies requirement, and one Science and Mathematics requirement (provided the course equivalency matches a course that fulfills a general education requirement).
  3. Credit is not granted for the English Language and Compositions exam or the human geography exam. 
  4. Credit is not granted for exams taken prior to the beginning of the junior year of high school. 


College & Dual Credit

Centre’s dual-credit policy allows dual-credit courses taught at the high school level to be eligible for college credit, in addition to courses at a
partnering college or community college subject to review by the College Registrar. Please contact the Registrar’s office for more information.

students studying in the library during finals

Dual-Credit Finder

For a general idea of potential credit equivalencies, use our Dual-Credit Equivalency Finder.