How to Apply
Advanced Placement, Credit & Exemptions
IU recognizes excellence in high school academic preparation and achievement in the following ways:
- Advanced placement, which enables you to enroll in an advanced course without taking introductory course work
- College credit, in which you get actual credit (counting toward your degree) for a given course
- Course exemption, which excuses you from taking a specific course that is otherwise required
IU awards advanced placement, credit, and exemptions based on results from the following tests:
- College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams in a variety of subjects
- IU departmental placement tests in American history, biology, calculus, chemistry, European history, foreign languages, music theory, and political science
- SAT Subject Tests
- British-style Advanced-level exams
- International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level exams
Your high school counselor can help you make arrangements to take most of these tests during your junior and senior years of high school. To be considered for credit, have a copy of your score report sent to the IU Office of Admissions.
Please note that IU does not award credit for CLEP exams.
Credit for College Courses Taken in High School
Many freshmen complete college courses before arriving at IU and, as a result, can receive credit toward their IU degrees. For more information, visit our Credit Transfer Service.