AP and IB Credit

Students that have taken AP and/or IB exams in high school may be eligible for credit at OSU. Listed below is the credit that is awarded for each exam depending on the score received. Students may also wish to review what courses they are permitted to enroll in based on the scores they have received. We encourage students to attend the Orientation Math Advising session to determine calculus options and honors opportunities with a math faculty member.

Students who receive Advanced Placement scores of AB 1, AB 2, BC 1, BC 2, IB HL1, IB HL2 and IB HL3 must schedule in accordance with their placement results. If they want an opportunity to move ahead they must take proficiency tests (find more information at orientation, or at Autumn Math Proficiency Exams).

Students who receive Advanced Placement scores of AB 3 are strongly encouraged to enroll in Math 1151 (Calculus I) and do not need special permission from a math advisor to do so.

Understanding AP Calculus Scores


Students who receive a score of 3, 4, 5 on the AB or BC Advanced Placement Math Test are awarded the following mathematics credit:

Calculus AB Exam


Calculus BC Exam


Please note that a score of 1 or 2 on any AP Calculus exam awards no credit at OSU and students will be required to take the Math Placement Test before scheduling a math course.

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Understanding IB Higher Level Math Scores


Students who receive a score of 4, 5, 6, 7 on the IB Higher Level Math Exam are awarded the following mathematics credit:

IB Higher Level Math Exam


  • IB HL Math- 4 or 5
  • IB HL Math- 6 or 7
    • Earns credit for Math 1151 (Calculus I) & possible additional credit*
    • Permissible to enroll in:
    • Consult with the Department of Mathematics

* Students that receive a 6 or 7 on the IB HL exam may be eligible for additional credit in addition to Math 1151 (Calculus I). Students should contact the Math Advising Office during orientation to determine if they are eligible for additional credit and thus what courses they are permissible to enroll.

Please note that no credit is awarded at OSU for the IB Standard Level Math exam, and for scores of 1-3 on the IB Higher Level Math exam. Students will be required to take the Math Placement Test before scheduling a math course.

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