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Placement & Proficiency
(217) 244-4437


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Advanced Placement Program Scores


Advanced Placement Test scores of three and higher will be accepted to satisfy degree requirements in compliance with the amendment to the State of Illinois “College and Career Success for All Students” Act. Depending on the exam and the score, the credit earned will translate either as elective credit or as specific course credit.


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Any credit you earn from the AP exams is automatically posted to your academic record. If you do not see any credit on your record yet you know you had your AP scores sent and you know you scored high enough to earn credit, it could be that there was a problem matching your AP information with your Urbana information. For example, maybe you bubbled in an erroneous birth date on your AP answer sheet. You will need to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 217-333-0302 to resolve the discrepancy.

If you did not request that your test results be sent to the "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" on the day you took your AP exams, you will have to contact the College Board and pay a fee to have them sent electronically. If your AP exam was taken more than 4 years ago, you will need to fill out the "Archived AP Score Request Form" and pay the appropriate fee.

Illinois will NOT accept paper score reports for manual data entry. The AP Automated Score Reporting Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 888-308-0013 (toll free in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada). Our institution code is 1836. Visit the College Board website to learn more.

Sometimes your AP test results will give you a higher course placement than your placement test results. If test results from your AP exam and your placement exam generate conflicting placement messages, you may follow the higher placement message. Please discuss your options with your academic advisor.

Illinois recognizes the value of the AP Program. Nevertheless, you should be aware that there are times when it is in your best interest to decline the test-based credit and take the actual course that corresponds to the AP credit. The course might better prepare you for the rigors of the next course in the sequence. Consult with your academic advisor, as this decision will often depend on your academic goals.


Questions should be emailed to or you may call (217) 244-4437 during normal business hours.