Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Policies at Ontario Universities

(Last updated and verified April 26, 2012)

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are available to high school students in a variety of subject areas. These exams are typically at the difficulty level of first year university courses, and therefore Ontario universities often award university level credit for earning high scores on these exams.

Most schools have an AP credit policy that states both the maximum number of university credits a student may earn through AP testing (often 2 – 3, but sometimes more) as well as the minimum score required to earn a university credit (usually a 4 or a 5 out of 5).

AP exams are offered once per year in May only at AP-participating high schools. In the Greater Toronto Area, Bronte College in Mississauga has been very welcoming to homeschoolers wishing to write AP exams.

Public Institutions

Algoma University

as viewed on: 2017-05-10

https://www.algomau.ca/admissions/admissions-requirements/advanced-placement/

 

Advanced Placement Admission Guidelines

Applicants who have completed AP exams with a minimum final grade of 4 will be eligible to receive university credits for up to a maximum of 12 credits (or two full courses).

To inquiry about AP eligibility, please contact admissions@algomau.ca.

Brock University

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

(For the most recent policy, you can always visit http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/ and choose the most recent edition of the web calendar. Then within that, look for “Admissions” and scroll down to “VIII. Other Categories for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Studies”)

Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement courses may be used to determine admissibility and also granting of transfer credit or exemption.Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses with a minimum examination grade of “4” may be eligible to receive university credit to a maximum of 2.0 Brock credits. An official AP transcript is required as part of the evaluation process.

From past versions of the website, the AP exams that may considered for credit are:

  • Calculus AB & BC
  • Chemistry
  • Human Geography
  • Physics B & C
  • Psychology
  • (possibly Environmental Science)

Carleton University

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

http://admissions.carleton.ca/applicant/requirements/

Applicants who have completed AP exams with a minimum grade of 4 will be granted appropriate advanced standing credit, subject to the discretion of the appropriate faculty, to a maximum of 3.0 credits

Lakehead University

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM (AP)

Advanced Placement courses and examinations may be used to determine admissibility and the granting of credit or exemption.

Applicants who have achieved a minimum grade of 4 on certain advanced placement exams will be eligible to receive university credit.

A list of advanced placement courses considered for advanced standing is available from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Sarah’s Note: Firstly, notice that this policy contains no mention of a maximum number of credits that may be awarded, so be sure to check on this is you’re applying for AP transfer credit at Laurentian! Secondly, As of May 2008, this is the text from the document that states which AP courses can be used to replace which Lakehead courses. I’ve listed the contents below in the format “AP exam“: “Lakehead course for which you may be entitled to credit” This information may have since been updated, but it’s probably close enough to give you an idea.

Biology: Biology 1110 (0.5 half course) Biology 1130 (0.5 half course)
Calculus AB: No credit
Calculus BC: Math 1160 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Chemistry: Chemistry 1110 (0.5 half course) Chemistry 1130 (0.5 half course)
Computer Science A: Computer Science 1411 (0.5 half course)
Computer Science AB: Computer Science 1431 (0.5 half course)
Economics – Macroeconomics: Social Science 1-10 (0.5 half course)
Economics – Microeconomics: Social Science 1-30 (0.5 half course)
Economics – Macro & Micro: Economics 1100 (1.0 full course equivalent)
English – English Literature: Arts 1-00 (1.0 full course equivalent)
English – English Language: Humanities 1-00 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Environmental Science: Environmental Studies 1120 full course equivalent)
Government & Politics: Political Science 1-00 (1.0 full course equivalent)
History – U.S. History: No credit
Human Geography: Geography 2811 (0.5 half course) Geography 2511(0.5 half course)
Languages -French Language: Individual assessment (up to1.0 full course equivalent)
Languages – French Literature: Individual assessment (up to1.0 full course equivalent)
Languages – German Language: German 1000 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Languages – Latin: Latin 1000 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Languages – Spanish Language: Spanish 1000 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Languages – Spanish Literature: Spanish 1-00 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Music – Music Theory: Music 1340 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Physics – Physics B: Individual assessment (Physics 1113 0.5 half course)
Physics – Physics CI (mechanics): Physics 1113 (0.5 half course)
Physics – Physics CII (Electricity & Magnetism): Physics 1133 (0.5 half course)
Psychology: Psychology 1-00 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Statistics: Math 0210 or Math 0212 (0.5 half course)
Studio Art: Visual Arts 1000 (1.0 full course equivalent)
Art History: Visual Arts 1080 (1.0 full course equivalent)

Laurentian University

as viewed on: 2017-05-10

https://laurentian.ca/ontario-high-school-applicants

Advanced Placement (AP)

Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses in appropriate subjects with a grade of four (4) or more may receive transfer credits equivalent to a maximum of two courses (12 credits). Applicants must also meet the regular university admission requirements since AP courses are not accepted in lieu of these.

McMaster University

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

From the search function athttp://mcmasteru.intelliresponse.com/admissions/index.jsp

Advanced Placement courses are not specifically required for admission consideration to undergraduate programs, however, we encourage applicants to take such courses where offered. Students who have successfully completed the ETS AP Examinations with minimum final scores of 4 or greater may be given advanced credit for their AP courses. Advanced credit is determined on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the Faculty.

(Sarah’s Note: the 2007 course calendar stated that a maximum of 18 credits (3 courses) could be earned through AP exams, but the 2011-2012 calendar makes no mention of a maximum.)

Nipissing University

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

http://www.nipissingu.ca/departments/admissions-registrar/admission-requirements/Pages/IBAP-Students.aspx

Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) courses are encouraged to submit their examination results.

Advanced standing will be granted for most AP courses completed with grade of 4 or higher, to a maximum of 18 credits.(Note from Sarah: that’s equivalent to 3 full university courses)

OCAD University

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

http://www.ocadu.ca/prospective_students/admission_requirements.htm

OCAD University does not grant advanced credit for the International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement courses/credits.

Queen’s University

as viewed on: 2017-05-10

http://www.queensu.ca/admission/apply-high-school/academic-requirements/advanced-placement

Advanced Placement Admission Requirements

For all programs, Queen’s requires Grade 12 graduation with a minimum GPA of B- on four academic courses from an accredited high school. If prerequisite courses are AP, they are acceptable from any year. Otherwise, prerequisite courses should be completed in the Junior or Senior year.

SAT1 Results may be required, regardless of citizenship (with a minimum score of 1200, with no less than 580 Critical Reading and 520 Mathematics.  Writing scores will be used only for statistical purposes.) The highest section scores from multiple tests will be considered as part of the final admissions decision. To be considered for all available enrollment-related opportunities, candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their scores each time they take the SAT. A minimum ACT score of 26 is also acceptable. A school profile is required.  (College Board code 0949.  ACT Code 5236).

NOTE: These are the General Admission requirements for all programs. See chart below for individual program prerequisite courses.

Transfer Credits

The Advanced Placement program and courses are considered excellent preparation for university courses. Queen’s will recognize and utilize Advanced Placement courses as prerequisite courses for admission. Students who have completed AP courses may be eligible to receive credits toward their degree.

AP Transfer Credits

 

Program-Specific Requirements
Program [Application Code] Prerequisite Courses Required
Arts [QA]

First-Year Studies in England [QIA]

Concurrent Education/Arts [QB]

Concurrent Education/Arts (at the BISC) [QIB]

QBridge Arts [QXA]

Grade 12 English (two terms)
Science [QS]

Concurrent Education/Science [QF]

First-Year Studies in England [QIS]

QBridge Science [QXS]

Grade 12 English (two terms), four full-year courses in each of Mathematics and Science. One, preferably two, full-year courses in two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics; should be completed in the Junior or Senior year.
Computing [QD] Grade 12 English (two terms), four full-year courses in Mathematics. Calculus is recommended.
Fine Art [QT]

Concurrent Education/Fine Art [QTT]

Grade 12 English (two terms).  Portfolio examination.
Music [QM]

Concurrent Education/Music [QMM]

Grade 12 English (two terms). Personal audition, interview and aural discrimination test.
Physical and Health Education [QPH] Grade 12 English (two terms). One, preferably two, full-year courses in Biology.  Biology should be completed in Junior or Senior year.
Kinesiology [QK] Grade 12 English (two terms), four full-year courses in each of Mathematics and Science. Biology and one of Chemistry or Physics; should be completed in the Junior or Senior year.
Commerce [QC] Grade 12 English (two terms), four full-year courses in Mathematics. AP Calculus is recommended. Minimum English and and Mathematics grades of 80% or equivalent.
Engineering [QE]

Electrical and Computer Engineering Stream [QEC]

QBridge Engineering [QXE]

Grade 12 English (two terms), four full-year courses in Mathematics. One, preferably two, full-year courses in each of Chemistry and Physics. Chemistry and Physics should be completed in Junior or Senior year.  Minimum English final grade of 70% or equivalent.
Nursing Science [QN] Grade 12 English (two terms), four full-year courses in Mathematics. One, preferably two, full-year courses in each of Biology and Chemistry. Biology and Chemistry should be completed in Junior or Senior year.  Minimum English final grade of 75% or equivalent.

 

Royal Military College

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

Although there is no mention of AP credits in the current Academic Calendar, the 2005-2006 Academic Calendar stated:

Advanced Placement courses in prerequisite subjects provide excellent preparation, but Transfer Credits are not given.

Ryerson University

as viewed on: 2017-05-10

http://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/transfercredits/how_to_apply/advsecondary_cegep/

  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP): Advanced Placement subject examinations will be considered with a grade of 4 or higher. Official transcripts from the College Board are required.

 

Courses granted credit (as listed on this pdf)

AP Exam – Ryerson Transfer Credit

Art History – MPC 13A/B if applicable to program;Other programs – considered on an individual basis
Biology - General Biology BLG143 and BLG 144 if applicable to program;Other programs – considered on an individual basis
Calculus AB / Calculus BC – Considered on an individual basis
Chemistry – CHY 103 and CHY 133 if applicable to program;Other programs – considered on an individual basis
Comparative Government and Politics –1 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credit
Computer Science A– No credit
Computer Science AB– No credit
Economics: Microeconomics– No credit
Economics: Macroeconomics– No credit
English Language and Composition– 1 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credit
Environmental Science– Geography GEO 110 and GEO GEN; Other programs – considered on an individual basis
French Language– 1 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credit
French Literature– 1 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credit
German Language– 2 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credits
History: European 2 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credits
History: United States– 2 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credits
Human Geography– 1 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credit
Latin Literature– 1 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credit
Latin: Vergil– 2 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credits
Music Theory– Not eligible for music (MUS) credit; Considered on an individual basis of some programs
Physics– Credits considered on an individual basis
Psychology 1 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credit
Spanish – Language– 2 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credits
Spanish – Literature– 2 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credits
Statistics– QMS 102 if applicable to program; Other programs – considered on an individual basis
Studio Art– Credits considered on an individual basis
United States Government & Politics– 1 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credit
World History– 2 Lower Level Liberal Studies Credits

Trent University

From the 2012 Academic Calendar (pdf) page 281:

Advanced Placement (AP) Program.

All applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses from the College Board are required to submit their examination results for evaluation. Advanced standing or transfer credit will be granted for most Advanced Placement courses with examination grades of four (4) or better, to a maximum of 5.0 credits (one full year of study).

AP examination: Trent course – credit value (1.0 = full year course; 0.5 = half year course)

Art History: Arts general credit (year 1) – 1.0
Art Studio (Drawing): Arts general credit (year 1) – 1.0
Art Studio (General): Arts general credit (year 1) – 1.0
Biology: BIOL 102H and 103H – 0.5 + 0.5
Calculus AB: Science general credit (year 1) – 1.0
Calculus BC: MATH 1100 – 1.0
Chemistry: CHEM 1000H and CHEM 1010H- 0.5 + 0.5
Comp. Gov. & Politics: Politics unassigned (year 1) – 0.5
Computer Science A: COIS 1010H – 0.5
Computer Science AB: COIS 1010H and Computing & Information Systems unassigned (year 1) – 0.5 + 0.5
Macroeconomics: ECON 102H – 0.5
Microeconomics: ECON 101H – 0.5
English Language: no credit – 0
English Literature: Arts general credit (year 1) – 1.0
Environmental Science: Environmental & Resources Science unassigned (year 1) – 1.0
French Language: Arts general credit (year1) – 1.0
French Literature: Arts general credit (year1) – 1.0
German: GRMN 100oY – 1.0
History – American: History unassigned (year 1) – 1.0
History – Europe: HIST 120oY – 1.0
Latin: LATN 1000H and 1001H – 1.0
Music Literature: Arts general credit (year 1) – 1.0
Music Theory: Arts general credit (year 1) – 1.0
Physics B: Science general credit (year 1) – 1.0
Physics C – Electricity: Science general credit (year 1) – 0.5
Physics C – Mechanics: Science general credit (year 1) – 0.5
Psychology: PSYC 1020 and PSYC 1030 – 0.5 + 0.5
Spanish Language: Arts general credit (year1) – 1.0
Spanish Literature: Arts general credit (year1) – 1.0
U.S. Government: Politics unassigned (year 1) – 0.5

University of Guelph

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

https://admission.uoguelph.ca/template.aspx?SiteID=4fb0274c-2eb1-4b8f-82e2-786297340d79

Advanced Placement (AP)

Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement final examinations with a minimum grade of 4 may receive university credit to a maximum of 2.0 credits, subject to the discretion of the appropriate college.

Please arrange for an official score report to be sent directly to Admission Services. Transfer credit will be assigned once official final transcripts and your score report have been received by Admission Services.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

as viewed on: 2017-05-10

For information on AP credits, see the section called Advanced Standing in the current Academic Calendar.

Advanced standing

Secondary school students

Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations or General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) courses may be granted up to a maximum of 18 credit hours toward their UOIT degree. Other university-level courses taken while in high school/ secondary school will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Official documents must be supplied directly from the issuing institution to the Registrar’s office to ensure granting of credit. Minimum subject scores of 4 in the Advanced Placement examinations and 5 in the International Baccalaureate examinations and grade of C or better in Advanced Level (A Level) courses are required for advance standing; minimum subject scores may vary by subject.

Credit and exemption will not be given for completion of high school Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate or Advanced Level (A Level) courses unless an acceptable score is attained on the examination administered by the appropriate board.

 

University of Ottawa

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

http://www.admission.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=2601

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Students may receive advanced standing for AP courses in which they receive at least 4 in the College Board AP examinations.A maximum of 30 credits (5 full courses) may be granted. Advanced standing granted is subject to the program requested.

University of Toronto

www.future.utoronto.ca/transfercredit
as viewed on: 2017-06-13

The Faculty of Arts and Science (St. George), the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, U of T Mississauga and U of T Scarborough will award transfer credit  for a maximum of 3.0 full credits provided a grade of at least 4 is achieved in each AP exam.

Note that if you’ve completed more than one exam in the same discipline, only 1.0 full credit will be given for that particular subject area. (For example, if you have taken AP World History and AP European History, you will receive one HIS credit only.)

Transfer credits are assessed after admission.  You must arrange to have your final results sent directly from the College Board to Enrolment Services by the deadline indicated in your offer of admission. Results issued by your school are not acceptable.

Find details on requesting your AP scores on the College Board website.

(The school code for the University of Toronto is 0982.)

Please note that the information provided below applies to students admitted in Fall 2017 only and is subject to change.

 

University of Waterloo

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

http://www.findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca/admissions/ap.php

Advanced Placement (AP) Transfer Credit Eligibility

Effective for students beginning their studies at Waterloo in September 2012
The University of Waterloo recognizes AP examination results and will consider awarding transfer credits for AP courses in which normally a minimum final grade of 4 is attained.

Please note that official final AP results must be sent from the College Board directly to the Admissions Office at Waterloo before transfer credit can be considered. Your official final AP results must be received by August 3, 2012.

Declining Transfer credit

Details about declining your transfer credits will be sent by email to you in July/August, once your transfer credits have been assessed.

Maximum number of transfer credits and additional notes

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

  • The Recreation and Leisure Studies degree program will consider up to a maximum of 2.0 units.
  • The Health Studies or Kinesiology degree programs will consider up to a maximum of 3.0 units.
  • Specific transfer credit courses will not be awarded. That is, the following credit for AP courses will be given: Biology will be BIOL 1XX, Calculus will be MATH 1XX, Chemistry will be CHEM 1XX, Geography will be GEOG 1XX, and Physics will be PHYS 1XX.

Faculty of Arts

  • Transfer credits will be considered up to a maximum of 2.0 units.
  • The Accounting and Financial Management program does not award transfer credit for AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics.

Faculty of Engineering, including Software Engineering

  • We consider these courses to be a good challenge and good preparation for our programs. You may find that you have covered some of the material in our first term courses but, in most cases, not enough for you to be exempted from the entire course without potentially running into academic difficulties later. The depth and level of problem-solving is very different in our Engineering programs than in the courses in the systems listed above. As a result, we don’t grant first-year course exemptions for AP courses.

Faculty of Environment

  • Transfer credits will be considered up to a maximum of 2.0 units, except for Honours Planning, for which transfer credits will be considered up to a maximum of 1.0 units.

Faculty of Mathematics, including Computing and Financial Management

  • Transfer credit of 0.5 units for MATH 137 will be allowed for AP Calculus (AB or BC) with a grade of 5. You may
    • accept the transfer credit and begin your calculus sequence with MATH 138; or
    • decline the transfer credit and begin your calculus sequence with MATH 137; or
    • decline the transfer credit and begin your calculus sequence with Advanced Calculus, MATH 147.The option to take MATH 147 is available only if your Euclid Mathematics Contest score is 80 or higher or if you obtain permission from the instructor of the MATH 147 course once you arrive on campus in September.
  • Up to an additional 1.0 unit will be allowed for other AP courses that are not in either mathematics/statistics or computer science according to the Transfer Credit chart.
  • If you have taken additional AP courses beyond those for which you receive transfer credit, you may receive an exemption from courses specifically recognized in the Transfer Credit chart as equivalent to your AP course.
  • The Advanced Placement (AP) Transfer Credit Chart for Business Administration (WLU) and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree and Business Administration (WLU) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree lists the specific Waterloo and WLU transfer credit equivalents for these programs.
  • The Mathematics/ Chartered Accountancy program does not award transfer credit for AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics

Faculty of Science

  • Transfer credits will be considered up a maximum of 3.0 units.
  • Transfer credit of 0.5 units for MATH 127 will be allowed for AP Calculus (AB or BC) with a grade of 5.
  • Transfer credit of 0.5 units for STAT 202 will be allowed for AP Statistics with a grade of 4 or 5.
  • The Biotechnology/ Chartered Accountancy program does not award transfer credit for AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics

University of Western Ontario

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

http://welcome.uwo.ca/preview/admissions/ap.html

If you are registered in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and if you achieve a 4 out of 5 on your final AP exams, you may be considered for transfer credit to a maximum of two full credits as approved by the appropriate faculty. To be considered for transfer credit, you must have the College Board send your results directly to Western as soon as they are available.

Western’s Institution Code is 0984.

Note: Exact course equivalencies are currently under review.

ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSFER CREDIT
AP Art History = Visual Art History 1040
AP Biology = Biology 1222 or 1223
AP Calculus AB = Calculus 1000a/b
AP Calculus BC = Calculus 1000a/b & 1501 a/b
AP Chemistry = Chemistry 1050
AP Computer Science A = Computer Science 1026a/b
AP Computer Science AB = Computer Science 1026a + 1027b
AP English Literature & Composition = English 1020 TRN
AP Environmental Science = Environmental Science 1021G
AP French Language = French 1900e
AP French Literature = French 1900e or 1910
AP Languages = (Language) 0002 TRN*
AP Latin (Literature or Vergil) = Latin 1020 TRN *
AP Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) + Physics C (Mechanics) = Physics 1020
AP Physics B = Physics 1028a + Physics 1029b
AP Psychology = Psychology 1000
AP Spanish Language = Spanish 2200
AP Spanish Literature = Spanish 1020 TRN*
AP Statistics = Statistics 1024A
AP Studio Art 2D or 3D Design = Visual Arts Studio 2100a/b
AP Studio Art Drawing = Visual Arts Studio 2104a

* TRN indicates transfer credit is not an exact equivalent though credit is awarded

NOT ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSFER CREDIT
AP Economics
AP English Language and Composition
AP Government & Politics
AP History
AP Human Geography
AP Music Theory

University of Windsor

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

http://web4.uwindsor.ca/units/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/cur.nsf/inToc/7F0B1641D333A600852572D600520227?OpenDocument#ADVANCED%20PLACEMENT

ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Applicants with a 4 out of 5 grade on their final Advanced Placement (AP) examinations may be considered for transfer credit to a maximum of four semester courses.

Wilfred Laurier University

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

https://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=1928&p=6567#Advanced_Placement___AP

Advanced Placement – AP

Transfer credit will be awarded on a case-by-case basis for AP exams successfully completed with a minimum grade of 4 (up to a maximum of 3.0 credits). Applicants are required to provide detailed course descriptions.

York University

as viewed on: 2012-08-20

http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/requirements/advancedplacement

Up to 30 credits (5 full courses) may be granted for final scores of 4 or 5 on the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, depending on program.

York University (Glendon College)

as viewed on: 2017-05-10

http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/futurestudents/apply/admission-requirements/high-school-applicants/ontario-high-school-students/

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

You may receive transfer credit if you have completed AP courses with grades of 4 or 5 (maximum 30 credits).