AP/Other Credits

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What do AP, IPC and PMC credits count for?

Please review the Trinity College site's Credit section to learn more about the different kinds of credit and how they work. You can also refer to your Blue Book, in the "Learning at Duke" section. AP credits do not satisfy any curriculum codes for Trinity requirements but can be used for placement into higher level classes, and to meet co-requisite requirements for some majors (math, economics, computer science, and others). AP placement is most important in STEM majors as most humanities and social science courses don't have pre-requisite requirements. A Trinity student can subtract a total of two AP/ IPC/ PMC credits from the 34 needed for graduation, so students with at least two credits will only need to complete 32 credits to graduate in four years, taking four classes a semester, which is a full time load. You don't select which AP credits to use, just submit all your scores to Duke via the College Board. Students may also use additional AP credits later if they want to graduate early. You can see how your scores will equal Duke credit on this chart.

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Should I send all my AP scores to Duke?

Yes, send all your scores. To receive credit for your AP exams, you need to request that the College Board  sends your scores directly to the Office of the Registrar at Duke.

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I took Calculus BC and do not have my AP scores back yet. Will I be able to see them before I have to register for classes?

Probably yes. AP scores are usually sent by the College Board to the Duke Registrar’s office the first week of July, and credits will be posted on the Academics tab of DukeHub, under Test Scores. If you don’t see your scores, then enroll as you think you should. If you need to, you can correct your enrollment later, during the drop/add period, which continues from July 15 into the the first two weeks of the semester.

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How will I know that my AP scores have been received?

Check your Test Scores under the Academics tab on DukeHub.

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Other students have their AP scores, but mine are not showing up. What should I do?

Check with the College Board to see if they have been sent. If the College Board says they’ve sent your scores, then check with the Office of the University Registrar (registrar@duke.edu, 919-684-2813) to see if they’ve been received, but wait until after the first week of July to give the Registrar's office time to process them.

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I had my AP scores listed on my Duke application, so the Duke Admissions office should have them. Is this sufficient?

No. All AP scores must be sent from the College Board directly to the Registrar’s office.

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I am just now having AP scores sent, and registration is tomorrow. Based on my scores, I should place into COMPSCI 201 and ECON 201D. Can I enroll in COMPSCI 201 and ECON 201D, or do I have to wait for my AP scores to be received and posted? 

You can enroll in courses that don’t have an enforced prerequisite, but not those with an enforced prerequisite. (ECON 201D, CHEM 101, MATH 202D, and MATH 212 all have enforced prerequisites; COMPSCI 201 prerequisite is not enforced so you can enroll without AP scores.) Refer to the individual department's placement guidelines for more information. Look on the class details page, under the Class Attributes section, to see if there is an enforced prerequisite. Unenforced prerequisites are listed under the Description section of the class details page.

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Can AP scores be used to fulfill curriculum requirements like QS, ALP, and CZ?

No, AP credits don’t fulfill curriculum requirements.

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I took Calculus AB my junior year and will have credit for MATH 21. Do I have to take more calculus at Duke?

Only if you choose a major that requires higher-level calculus courses. Majors that require additional math include biophysics, computer science, chemistry, economics, math, neuroscience, physics, psychology (BS degree) and statistics. Biology majors usually take an additional semester of calculus or statistics. 

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I have AP credit for MATH 21 and MATH 22, but I was thinking of enrolling in one of these again as a refresher. Will DukeHub let me do that?

Yes. If you have AP credit for MATH 21, you can enroll in MATH 111L. However, you will lose the AP credit as this is considered repeating a course. (See the Math's Department's placement information.)

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I scored a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, so I can go into CHEM 201DL (organic chemistry). How hard is organic chemistry?

It requires excellent study habits and good memorization skills. Enroll according to your placement and re-evaluate when you come to Duke by checking the textbook and syllabus and talking with the instructor. You can postpone chemistry until spring semester if you wish. Refer to the Chemistry Department's placement guide for more information.

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I have a 3 on the AP Chemistry exam, but I’d like to enroll in CHEM 110DL. I have lots of research experience in chemistry. I think I just had a bad day on the AP exam. Is this OK?

Maybe. Read the chemistry website for placement information. Also, check with the director of undergraduate studies in chemistry (dus@chem.duke.edu),
and/or enroll as you think you should and then evaluate more fully when you arrive on campus in August.

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