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Advanced Placement Credit Based on Completion of Advanced Courses


CONTENTS       Types of advanced placement credit
Advanced placement credit granted by the UW
    Foreign languages
    Mathematics

Types of advanced placement credit

    The term "advanced placement" is sometimes confusing because it is used to describe different ways of earning credit without taking college courses. One way is for a high school student complete a specialized high school course that culminates in an advanced placement exam in the subject. Based on the student's score in the exam, the UW department offering the subject determines what, if any, advanced placement credits the student may be allowed. Any credits allowed are automatically placed on the transcript; no action by the student is required. See College Board Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.

Another way is for the student to begin his/her college study in certain subjects at an advanced level, so that, upon successful completion of the advanced course, the UW will grant credit not only for that course, but for certain more elementary courses in the same field as well. Further details about this way of earning AP credit are noted below.

In order to receive this second kind of advanced placement credit, the student must request the credit by contacting the Graduation and Academic Records Office, 264 Schmitz Hall. This kind of credit is also available to students who receive transfer credit for advanced courses; in cases where there is doubt as to how much credit the student is to receive, the UW department concerned may be asked to make a determination.

Advanced placement credit granted by the UW

   

Foreign languages

Awarding of advanced placement credit for students entering the University autumn 1967, or after, is as follows:

      A student who begins college study in a foreign language with the sixth-quarter course of a two-year University language sequence will, upon successful completion of that course, be awarded University credit for the fifth-quarter course as well. (A student, for example, who begins with and successfully completes GERMAN 203 will be awarded five credits of advanced placement credit for GERMAN 202.) Similarly, the student whose high school study has brought him/her to the level of completion of the second year of University study will, upon successful completion of any upper-division course (except conversation courses), be awarded University credit for the fifth- and sixth-quarter courses. (Thus, a student who, on the basis of high school study, places at the 300 level in Spanish, and who then successfully completes an upper-division Spanish course, will be granted advanced placement credit for SPAN 202 and 203 as well.) Advanced placement credit of this kind is not awarded for the first four quarters (e.g., GERMAN or SPAN 101, 102, 103, 201).

Although advanced placement credit is awarded for beginning college study at an advanced level, it is not awarded for skipping courses; i.e., credit is awarded only if the student has not previously completed any college courses for credit in the language in question. (For example, a student who skips directly from GERMAN 201 into German 203 does not receive advanced placement credit for GERMAN 202. On the other hand, earning College Board AP credit is not the same as taking a college course; thus a student who receives credit for GERMAN 201 because he/she has an AP score of 3 does receive UW AP credit for 202 if his/her first college German course is 203.)

NATIVE SPEAKERS
Native speakers of a language other than English are not awarded any advanced placement credits in their native language, regardless of the level at which they begin their study of the language in college. According to the University's official definition, a student is a native speaker of "the language, or one of the languages, which was spoken in the student's home during the first six years of his/her life and in which he/she received instruction in school through the seventh grade." Therefore, students who immigrated to the United States and began attending English-speaking schools before the end of the seventh grade are eligible for advanced-placement credit in their original home language.

Mathematics

A student who begins college study of mathematics with MATH 125 will, upon successful completion of that course, receive advanced placement credit for MATH 124. (If a student withdraws from MATH 124 after the second week of a quarter, however, and then takes MATH 125, that student will not receive advanced placement credit for MATH 124.) A student who begins college study of mathematics with MATH 126 will, upon successful completion of that course, receive advanced placement credit for MATH 124 and MATH 125. The student should request the credit at the Graduation and Academic Records Office.

A student who has received advanced placement credits for MATH 124 and MATH 125 cannot receive additional credit by taking MATH 134 or MATH 135.

A student who begins college study of mathematics with MATH 134 will, upon successful completion of that course, receive advanced placement credit for MATH 124. A student who also successfully completes MATH 135 will receive additional advanced placement credit for MATH 125.

The advanced placement credit referred to in the preceding paragraphs is awarded only if the student has not previously completed any college courses for credit in mathematics.