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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2017-2018


Academic credit is awarded for scores of 4, 5, 6, and 7 on any IB Diploma Programme exam, whether Higher Level or Standard Level. Policies are subject to change upon annual review. The policies that will appear below apply to all students entering Illinois in Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018. Until the table below is completed, please download the PDF that summarizes IB policies by clicking the icon in the upper-right corner of this page.

New undergraduate students who barely miss earning course proficiency credit and who have not already earned college-level credit in the subject are allowed to take a departmental proficiency exam in math, science, and certain LOTEs if they wish to try to proficiency out of an introductory course.

Questions? Contact "Placement & Proficiency" staff by emailing or by calling 217-244-4437 during business hours.

Due to the enormous number of changes in IB credit policies following the amendment to the "College and Career Success for All Students" Act, the table that will list all of the IB exams and the placement and proficiency policies is still under construction. Please check back later.

Meanwhile, the PDF in the upper-right corner contains the same information, or you can scroll through Undergraduate Admissions' list.


The University of Illinois recognizes the value of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Students should be aware that there are times when it is in their best interest to take the course that corresponds to the AP or IB credit instead of accepting the test-based credit. The course might better prepare you for the rigors of the subsequent course in the sequence.

For descriptions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign courses listed in the table below, please see the Courses of Instruction section in the Academic Catalog. Students are able to consult with their academic advisors during Registration in order to determine how test-based credit may best be used to meet their specific curriculum and program requirements and what will be most appropriate for their individual plan of study.

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