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Advanced Level Exams (A Levels)

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2012-2013

Proficiency credit is awarded on the basis of sufficiently high scores (grades C and above) on 11 Cambridge International A Level exams and is subject to change upon annual review. The policies below apply to all students entering Illinois in Summer 2012, Fall 2012, or Spring 2013 regardless of the examining board (e.g., Edexcel, Cambridge, Hong Kong) that awarded their Advanced Level Certificate.

If a student takes an equivalent course for part of the A Level at Illinois, only partial credit will be awarded for the A Level. All grades will be posted as "credit.” For subjects not listed in the table below, the Advanced Level course syllabus must be reviewed by the appropriate college or department to determine if there is an Urbana course equivalent.

New undergraduate students who have not already earned college-level credit in the subject are allowed to take a departmental proficiency exam in the sciences and /or humanities if they wish to try to proficiency out of an introductory course. Click here for details.

Questions? All A-Level credit is processed through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please ask to speak to an international admissions specialist.


Course Proficiency (credit hours earned)


Biology MCB 150 and IB 150 (8 hours) -
Chemistry Chem 202,203,204, and 205 (10 hours) Chem 236-237
Computing CS 125 (4 hours) -
Economics Econ 102 and 103 (8 hours) -
English Literature Engl 1-- and 1-- (4 or 8 hours, depending on examining board and syllabus) -
Geography and Geographic Information Science Geog 101 and 1-- (4 or 8 hours, depending on examining board and syllabus) -
History Hist 1-- and 1-- (4 or 8 hours, depending on examining board and syllabus) -
Math Math 220 (5 hours) -
Further Math Math 225 (2 hours) and Math 2-- (3 hours) -
Physics Phys 211 and 212 (8 hours) -
Psychology Psych 100 (4 hours) -