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Advanced Placement Test Scores

Students may earn credit for College Entrance Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests with scores of 3, 4, or 5. AP scores can be used to meet Sacramento City College associate degree general education requirements, California State University (CSU) general education (GE) requirements, and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

A student may receive credit for AP exams they have successfully passed once the following requirements are met:

  • Official copies of test scores are on file with Admissions and Records
  • Student has completed twelve (12) units of credit and has a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)

Students should be aware that other colleges and universities have the right to accept, modify, or reject the use of AP scores towards their graduation requirements. Check with your counselor to determine whether these test results will be accepted at the transfer institution of your choice.

Sacramento City College Advanced Placement Credit

This table describes how passing AP scores translate into college credit at Sacramento City College, and which general education areas they satisfy (if any).
AP Exam AP Test Score SCC Course Credit Satisfies SCC GE Area Units Earned at SCC
Art History 3, 4, 5 ARTH 304, 306, 308, or 310 I 6 maximum
Biology 3, 4, 5 BIOL 308 and 309 IV 4
Calculus AB 3, 4, 5 MATH 400 II(b) 5
Calculus BC 3, 4, 5 MATH 400 and 401 II(b) 10
Calculus BC/AB Subscore N/A N/A II(b) N/A
Chemistry 3 CHEM 305 IV 5
Chemistry 4, 5 CHEM 400 IV 5
Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 N/A I 0
Comparative Government and Politics 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
Computer Science A 3, 4, 5 CISP 360 II(b) 4
Computer Science AB 3, 4, 5 CISP 400 II(b) 4
Computer Science Principles 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A N/A
English Language and Composition 3, 4, 5 ENGWR 300 II(a) 3
English Literature and Composition 3, 4, 5 ENGWR 300, 301, or 303* II(a) 4
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 BIOL 350 IV 3
European History 3, 4, 5 HIST 300 I or V(b) 3
French Language (removed Fall 2011) 3, 4, 5 FREN 401 and 402 I 8
French Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
French Literature 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
German Language 3, 4, 5 N/A I 0
German Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 GEOG 310 V(b) 3
Italian Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 N/A I 0
Japanese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 N/A I 0
Latin 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
Latin Literature 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
Latin: Vergil 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECON 302 V(b) 3
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECON 304 V(b) 3
Music Theory (taken before Fall 2009) 3, 4, 5 MUFHL 400 and MUFHL 401 I 8
Physics 1 (Fall 2013) 3, 4 PHYS 310 V(b) 3
Physics 1 (Fall 2013) 5 PHYS 350 V(b) 4
Physics 2 (Fall 2013) 3, 4 PHYS 310 V(b) 3
Physics 2 (Fall 2013) 5 PHYS 350 V(b) 4
Physics B 3, 4 PHYS 310 IV 3
Physics B 5 PHYS 350 IV 4
Physics C (Electricity / Magnetism) 3, 4, 5 N/A IV 0
Physics C (Mechanics) 3, 4, 5 N/A IV 0
Psychology 3, 4, 5 PSYC 300 V(b) 3
Spanish Language 3, 4, 5 SPAN 401 and SPAN 402 I 8
Spanish Language and Culture (taken after Fall 2009) 3, 4, 5 SPAN 401 and SPAN 402 I 8
Spanish Literature 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
Spanish Literature and Culture 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A 0
Statistics 3, 4, 5 STAT 300 II(b) 4
Studio Art – 2D Design 3, 4, 5 ART 320 I 3
Studio Art – 3D Design 3, 4, 5 ART 370 N/A 3
Studio Art – Drawing 3, 4, 5 ART 300 I 3
US Government and Politics 3, 4, 5 POLS 301 or POLS 481 V(a) or V(b) 3
US History 3, 4, 5 HIST 310, HIST 311, HIST 320, HIST 321, HIST 483, or HIST 484 V(a) 6
World History (taken before Fall 2019) 3, 4, 5 HIST 307 and HIST 308 V(b) 6
World History – Modern (taken Fall 2019 or later) 3, 4, 5 HIST 307 and HIST 308 V(b) 6

* Students can only earn credit for ENGWR 300, ENGWR 301, or ENGWR 303 – but not all three – for the English Literature and Composition AP exam.

CSU Advanced Placement Credit

Visit CSU's AP Credit webpage to find information on how credit is granted for admission and general education. Please note that each campus in the CSU system individually determines how it will apply external examination credit in the major. For more information about AP credit, consult a counselor.

IGETC Advanced Placement Credit

This table describes how credit is granted for admission and general education using the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. For more information about transferring to the University of California (UC), see how UC awards credit for AP.
AP Exam Exam Score IGETC Area Semester Credits Toward IGETC
Art History 3, 4, 5 3A or 3B 3
Biology 3, 4, 5 5B and 5C 4
Calculus AB 3, 4, 5 2A 3
Calculus BC 3, 4, 5 2A 3
Calculus AB Subscore from BC Exam 3, 4, 5 2A 3
Chemistry 3, 4, 5 5A and 5C 4
Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Comparative Government and Politics 3, 4, 5 4 3
Computer Science A 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A
Computer Science AB 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A
Computer Science Principles 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A
English Language and Composition 3, 4, 5 1A 3
English Literature and Composition 3, 4, 5 1A or 3B 3
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 5A or 5C% 3
European History 3, 4, 5 3B or 4 3
French Language/Culture 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
German Language/Culture 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 4 3
Italian Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Japanese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Latin$ 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 4 3
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 4 3
Music Theory 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A
Physics 1 3, 4, 5 5A and 5C 4
Physics 2 3, 4, 5 5A and 5C 4
Physics B (taken before Fall 2015) 3, 4, 5 5A and 5C 4
Physics C (Electricity/Magnetism) 3, 4, 5 5A and 5C% 3
Physics C (Mechanics) 3, 4, 5 5A and 5C% 3
Psychology 3, 4, 5 4 3
Spanish Literature and Culture 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Spanish Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Spanish Language (taken before Spring 2014) 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Spanish Literature (taken before Spring 2013) 3, 4, 5 3B and 6A 3
Statistics 3, 4, 5 2A 3
Studio Art – 2D Design 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A
Studio Art – 3D Design 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A
Studio Art – Drawing 3, 4, 5 N/A N/A
US Government and Politics 3, 4, 5 4 and US-2** 3
US History 3, 4, 5 (3B or 4) and US-1** 3
World History 3, 4, 5 3B or 4 3
  • % AP test meets IGETC science course and lab requirement but only grants three units toward IGETC. Students will need to earn at least seven units in IGETC Area 5 to be certified.
  • $ Offered May 2013 and beyond.
  • ** Students need to complete a course that covers California State and Local Government to complete CSU American Institutions requirement.