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Advanced Level Exams (A-Levels)

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2019-2020

Proficiency credit is awarded for most A-Level exams on the basis of sufficiently high scores (grades of C and higher) and is subject to change upon annual review. The policies below apply to all students entering the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020.

If you take an equivalent course for part of the A-Level at Illinois, only partial credit will be awarded. All grades are posted as "Credit.” New undergraduate students who have not already earned college-level credit in a particular subject are allowed to take the departmental proficiency exam if they wish to try to proficiency out of an introductory course.

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

Note that “AS Levels” are not the same as “A Levels.” Typically, the syllabus content for an AS-Level course is half the content for an A-Level course. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign does not accept AS-Level test scores for either course placement or course proficiency credit.



Course Proficiency (credit hours earned)


Biology IB 150 (4 hours)
MCB 150 (4 hours)
Chemistry CHEM 202-203 (5 hours)
CHEM 204-205 (5 hours)
CHEM 236-237
Computer Science INFO 102 (3 hours) -
Computing CS 125 (4 hours) -
Economics ECON 102 (3 hours)
ECON 103 (3 hours)
Geography GEOG 104, or GEOG 103 and 104 (either 4 or 8 hours,
depending on the syllabus)
History HIST 1 - - (3 hours) -
Literature in English ENGL 1 - - (3 hours) -
Mathematics MATH 220 (5 hours) -
Further Mathematics MATH 225 (2 hours)
MATH 2-- (3 hours)
Physics PHYS 211 (4 hours)
PHYS 212 (4 hours)
Psychology PSYC 100 (4 hours) -
Sociology SOC 100 (4 hours) -