Harvard College asks that all incoming students who have taken Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses submit a record of the results for inclusion in their unofficial student record.
Like the Harvard placement examinations, AP and IB scores are primarily used by academic departments to determine appropriate placement within a discipline. For instance, a student who scores a five on AP Economics would be eligible to bypass the introductory course Economics 10a and 10b.
Harvard does not offer college-level credit for AP and IB scores on a one-for-one basis. Instead, students who acquire the equivalent of eight half-courses (that is, eight semester-long courses) of AP or IB-level credit are eligible for the Advanced Standing Program.
Yes, as mentioned above, despite the fact that Advanced Standing is the only means for using AP and IB scores for acquiring college credit, AP and IB scores not only help the College place you into the correct course level, but they can – with the right score – enable you to bypass introductory level courses (without credit).
A: Ultimately, the decision rests with the individual student. As outlined here, there are benefits to taking AP and IB exams since they fulfill a variety of purposes, but some students may wish to take the Harvard placement exams to accomplish the same goal.
Students are asked to send a copy of the AP score report or IB diploma to the College over the summer. Scores appear in the Placement and Test Scores Report in mid-August each year. After logging in, if a student finds that scores are missing, they should reach out to the Registrar’s Office with the following information for Advanced Placement: