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Washington State University and its various colleges reserve the right to change the rules regulating admission to, instruction in, and graduation from Washington State University and any other regulations affecting the student body. Such regulations shall go into effect whenever the proper authorities may determine and shall apply to prospective students and to those who may at that time be enrolled.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit


Subject to standards established in consultation with academic departments concerned, credit may be granted to entering or enrolled undergraduate or professional students via various means including external examinations.  Approved external examinations include:  Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations of the College Entrance Examinations Board; the International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations; and Cambridge International Examinations. 


WSU does not accept credit by examination as transcripted by other institutions.  Students must request official score reports to be sent directly to WSU.  Acceptable scores for receiving credit are published online at


Credits by examination shall yield no grade points. Such credits may partially fulfill University Common Requirements (UCOREs) for graduation. Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams like Cambridge A-level or A-S level, AP, or IB will not be granted. Advanced credit policies are reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change.


Students may request to take a course at WSU for which they have been awarded AP, IB, or Cambridge International credit.  Prompted by the request, all the credit earned from the applicable AP, IB, or Cambridge International examination credit is removed from the overall credits awarded by WSU.  Only the subsequent enrollment in the WSU course will contribute to the total credits earned and grade point average; the AP, IB, or Cambridge International credit cannot be reconsidered for credit for the same course.  Students submit the request to ask for the WSU course to be allowed and for the AP, IB, or Cambridge International credit to be omitted to the Registrar's Office.


(a)  Advanced Placement Program.  Credit for AP examinations will be granted at the lower-division for scores of 3 and above, as determined in consultation with the specific academic department. The acceptable score for receiving credit is published online at


(b) International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations.  Credit is awarded for standard and higher-level examinations with a score of 4 or higher with the exception of non-English Language A exams.  See for course-by-course equivalencies.  Please contact the Transfer Center for additional details.


(c) Cambridge International Examinations.  Credit is awarded for A- and AS-level examinations.


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