Harvard give credit to AP/IB?

<p>does anybody know whether harvard give credit for AP or IB score? if so, what is the minimum requirement score?</p>

<p>beside SAT's and school's academy, what are other IMPORTANT things the administrator is looking for when one applying for harvard?</p>

<p>Harvard's Web site is full of informative pages about its advanced standing policy </p>

<p><a href="http://www.admissions.college.harvard.edu/prospective/academics/adv_standing/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.admissions.college.harvard.edu/prospective/academics/adv_standing/&lt;/a> </p>

<p>and if you follow the links, you will know the latest word on Harvard's policies. There is limited use of either specified AP test scores or IB scores to permit declaring advanced standing. There is also advice on why NOT to declare advanced standing. </p>

<p>A separate issue is fulfilling course prerequisites. You can use previous college credits, AP scores, or other evidence of knowledge previously gained in various ways to fulfill course prerequisites, even if those credits or scores don't count as credit toward Harvard graduation. This is a frequently encountered issue for people from my state (Minnesota) and was asked about and answered at last year's Harvard regional information meeting here. Many Minnesota kids take college-level math courses or other college courses while still of high school age. They DON'T routinely get credit toward graduation if they apply to Harvard, but they may be able to put more advanced courses into their schedule earlier (and, for that matter, get into Harvard in the first place) if they have that kind of preparation before applying. </p>

<p>Hope this helps! Read the FAQs on Harvard's site for more details, more up to date.</p>

<p>There are three separate issues here: getting admitted; getting credit and getting placement into more advanced courses.</p>

<p>For admission, colleges look for the most rigorous course load available to the student and to evidence that the student has done well in the courses. APs and IBs certainly are evidence of a rigorous course load (though colleges take into account that many schools do not have either APs or an IB program, or that they offer only a limited number of APs). Taking college courses is another evidence of a rigorous course load. This can be done at the local college or through distance learning programs such as EPGY.</p>

<p>Getting credit: With a sufficient number of credits, a student may earn Advanced Standing, allowing that student to graduate one year early. This policy is observed at a number of schools. There are many that do not allow students to earn Advanced Standing, no matter how many APs or IBs that student came with.
Each school has its own policy for awarding credit. Some APs count, others do not; some count for full credit (one year), others for only half (one semester). I have actually found that Harvard is more generous than many other top schools in this regard. One need only four APs to obtain Advanced Standing, and there is no stipulation as to distribution across fields (as there is for Princeton, for example). However, note that only some APs will earn credit; and for Harvard, only scores of 5s on APs and scores of 7 on IBs will count. At other top schools, scores of 4 on certain exams are acceptable.
College courses taken elsewhere do not count toward Advanced Standing (not even Harvard Extension courses!). </p>

<p>Placement: At Harvard and elsewhere, even when no credit is awarded for APs, IBs or college courses, a student may be allowed to take more advanced classes. This can be done by looking at the course description or by a placement test. </p>

<p>It has been found that about 30% of students matriculating at Harvard have enough AP/IB credits to obtain Advanced Standing but that only about 24% avail themselves of the option. The rest prefer to use their scores to place in more advanced classes but stay the full four years. </p>

<p>Hope this helps.</p>