See Acceleration to learn the definition and purpose of acceleration credit. The table below shows how acceleration credit may be gained and lost.

  • In the left column are the criteria for granting acceleration credit based on AP scores.
    • Students may receive acceleration credits by earning scores comparable to AP test scores on such tests as the International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level examinations or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-level examinations. In subjects for which an AP score of 5 earns acceleration credit, a score of 7 on IB higher-level exams, or A on A-levels, is required.
  • In the middle column are the courses whose successful completion— in the first year with a grade of B or higher—yields acceleration credit.
    • In a two-term course sequence, a grade of B or higher is necessary in both terms.
  • In the right column are the courses resulting in the forfeit of acceleration credit.
    • In general, acceleration credit in a subject is forfeited by completing any course, other than a laboratory, with a lower number than the lowest-numbered course earning acceleration credit in the subject.

Two is the maximum number of acceleration credits that can be earned in any subject. You may earn acceleration credit in a subject either because you received a high score on AP tests or because you did advanced work at Yale, but not both ways.

Courses in this table were offered in 2018–2019 or are expected to be offered in 2019–2020. The University reserves the right to modify this table to reflect current course offerings.

 

Acceleration Credit for AP Scores

Acceleration Credit for First-Year Courses

Courses Resulting in Forfeit of Acceleration Credit

Art

Biology

Chemistry

1 acc. credit for:

2 acc. credits for:

If 2 acc. credits awarded:

If 1 acc. credit awarded:

Computer Science

1 acc. credit for:

2 acc. credit for:

If 2 acc. credit awarded:

If 1 acc. credit awarded:

Economics

1 acc. credit for:

English

1 acc. credit for:

  • 5 in English Lang and Comp
  • 5 in English Lit and Comp

1 acc. credit for:

1 acc. credit for 1 term, 2 acc. credits for 2 terms:

1 acc. credit lost by:

Foreign Languages

2 acc. credits for:

  • 5 in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish

No additional credit for multiple tests in a single language. No credit for other languages.

2 acc. credits for:

  • L5 course in any language listed in first column

All languages listed in first column:

  • 2 acc. credits lost for L1, L2, L3, L1-L2 or L3-L4 course
  • 1 acc. credit lost for L4 course.

History

History of Art

1 acc. credit for:

  • 5 in Art History

1 acc. credit lost by:

Mathematics

1 acc. credit for:

  • 5 in Calculus AB
  • 4 in Calculus BC

2 acc. credits for:

  • 5 in Calculus BC

1 acc. credit for:

2 acc. credits for:

If 2 acc. credits awarded:

If 1 acc. credit awarded:

  • 1 lost by any course numbered 112 or lower.

Music

1 acc. credit for:

  • 5 in Music Theory

2 acc. credits for:

1 acc. credit lost by:

Physics

1 acc. credit for:

  • 5 in Physics C: Mechanics
  • 5 in Physics C: E & M

Must be accompanied by 5 in Calculus AB, or 4 or 5 in Calculus BC. No credit for AP Physics 1 or 2 tests.

2 acc. credits for:

All acc. credits in physics lost by any course numbered PHYS 201 or lower

Political Science

Psychology

Statistics & Data Science