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AP, SAT II, CLEP and IB Exams

Advanced Placement, SAT, CLEP and International Baccalaureate Policies
Gordon College
Wenham, MA 01984

The College awards credit for Advanced Placement exams (AP), International Baccalaureate exams (IB), and College Level Examination Program exams (CLEP) according to the following policies:

  • Credit earned from AP, IB, or CLEP exams is considered transfer credit and does not meet residency requirements for the core, major, or minor, nor does it affect a student’s grade point average.
  • A maximum of 32 credits may be awarded for any combination of these exams. 
  • Each academic department establishes criteria for placement and credit.  Credit awarded for these exams is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.
  • Duplicate credit will not be awarded for the same Gordon equivalent course.

Students may also validate, without academic credit, all or part of the core foreign language requirement through the SAT II Foreign Language exams.

For more information, please see the programs below.


  • A score of 400 on an SAT II Foreign Language exam places a student in Language 102, fulfilling Language 101 without credit. 
  • A score of 500 on the exam fulfills the Language 101 and 102 requirements without credit. If a student intends to continue study in the language, a placement exam will need to be taken.

Credit may be awarded for scores of 4 or 5 according to the chart. Score reports must be received by the Registrar's office directly from the College Board. 
AP Exams Chart

Higher-Level International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme exams with scores of 5 or better will be considered for college credit upon receipt of the official certificate, according to the chart.
IB Exams Chart

Credit will be awarded according to the chart.
CLEP Exams Chart