Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

This web page indicates how transfer credit is awarded for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Please note that the following rules and regulations only apply to students admitted to a degree program and who are registered at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) during the 2022-2023 academic year.

  1. A maximum of 3.0 full credits may be awarded provided a grade of at least 4 is achieved in each AP exam.
  1. In order to receive credit, final official results must be sent directly from the College Board to Enrolment Services by no later than July 22, 2022. Details on how to request your AP scores can be found at apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/score-reporting. The school code for the University of Toronto is 0982. Results issued by your school are not acceptable.
  1. If you have taken more than one exam in the same discipline, only 1.0 full credit will be given as students are not permitted to apply more than one first year credit in the same discipline towards their degree. For example, if you have taken AP World History and AP European History, you will receive one HIS credit only.
  1. If you wish to decline or forfeit the transfer credits awarded to you, you must email utsc.hstransfercredit@utoronto.ca no later than October 31, 2022. The option to forfeit is only available to students who have not attended another post- secondary institution. Once forfeited, transfer credits cannot be reinstated.
  1. If you choose to forfeit transfer credit given for a course for which you were awarded two half credits, you must forfeit both half credits.

Terms Defined

  • Unspecified transfer credit: A course that has no exact equivalency in the Faculty. For example, CHMA**H represents an unspecified first year credit in Chemistry.
  • Generic transfer credit: A course for which no equivalent discipline exists. For example, HUM – Humanities, LGG – Language, SCI – Science, SSC – Social Science.
  • Specific credits: Courses offered at UTSC, e.g. CHMA10H3.
  • Breadth Requirement: Of the 20 credits required to complete a degree, at least one half-credit must come from each of the following five breadth categories (Refer to the UTSC Calendar for more information):
    • Arts, literature and language (Arts)
    • History, philosophy and cultural studies (HisPhil)
    • Social and behavioural sciences (SocBeh)
    • Natural sciences (NatSci)
    • Quantitative reasoning (Quant)

Interpreting the Equivalency Charts

  • Course Name: The name of the course/subject you took (for example, European History or Economics)
  • Transfer Credit Given: The credit that will appear on your academic record (transcript). All secondary school transfer credits are awarded as unspecified transfer credits, for example BIOA**H, CHMA**Y, or MGEA**Y.
  • Credit Value: The weight of the transfer credits, either 0.5 or 1.0 (see the Academic Calendar for more information about course weight). If a course/subject is not eligible for transfer credit, the weight will be listed as N/A.
  • Subject Area/Breadth Requirement: Some courses may list a subject area such as “HisPhil”, which is an abbreviated description of the course content, in this case, history, philosophy & cultural studies. The subject area information normally also includes the breadth requirement (BR) category for the transfer credits (see above). If no breadth requirement category is listed, the transfer credit does not contribute toward the breadth requirements. In some cases, the subject area also includes a course code, which indicates the course to which the transfer credit can be considered an equivalent. 

As an example, IB Biology is awarded two transfer credits, BIOA**H with a subject area of “A01 (BR=NatSci)” and “BIOA**H with a subject area of “A02 (BR=NatSci)”. One BIOA**H credit provides a half-credit toward breadth requirement category BR=NatSci (Natural Sciences) and can be used as an equivalent to BIOA01H3; the second BIOA**H provides a half-credit toward the same breadth requirement category BR=NatSci and can be used as an equivalent to BIOA02H3. It is important to note that you could, however, choose to take BIOA01H3 and/or BIOA02H3 at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) if you wanted to, and the courses would not be considered repeated courses.

  • Program Admission: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the enrolment requirements for a program of study. See the Academic Calendar for more information about program enrolment requirements.
  • Program Requirements: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the completion requirements for a program of study. See the Academic Calendar  for more information about program completion requirements.
  • Prerequisite Purposes: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the prerequisite for another course. See the Academic Calendar for more information about prerequisites.
  • Notes: Information in this column will normally explain information about the credit equivalency and how your transfer credit can be used for program requirements. If the note tells you to consult the program, you can find the academic unit’s contact information on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

*Courses not offered at UTSC but offered at the Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS) on the St. George campus, are awarded the FAS course and include a “1” for course level and are not eligible for program admission, program requirements or program prerequisites at UTSC. For example, the IB course “German B” is listed at GER1**H and can be used for breadth requirement (BR=Arts), but is not eligible for program use.

Subjects not listed below may still be considered for transfer credit. The University of Toronto Scarborough reserves the right to change transfer credit policies without notice.

Duplication of Material

Subject to confirmation of the above transfer credits, please refer to the UTSC Calendar to review course descriptions and exclusions since the content may overlap with studies for which you have received transfer credit; for instance, studies receiving LGGA**Y may have significant overlap with UTSC language courses. Choose wisely to ensure you are taking courses at the correct level of study.

Course Name

Transfer Credit Given

Credit Value

Subject Area/ Breadth

Program Admission

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Notes

Art History

VPHA**H

0.5

A46(BR=Arts)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of VPHA46H3.

Art:Studio Art-2-D Design

VSPA**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

No

Yes

No

Consult program advisor for program exceptions.

Art:Studio Art-3-D Design

VSPA**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

Consult program advisor for program exceptions.

Art:Studio Art-Drawing

VSPA**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

 

Biology

BIOA**H, BIOA**H

1.0

A01(BR=NatSci)

A02(BR=NatSci)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of BIOA01 and BIOAO2.

Calculus AB

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Calculus AB Subscore Grade

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Calculus BC

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Chemistry

CHMA**Y

1.0

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

No

 

Chinese Language & Culture

LGGA**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

No credit is given to native speakers of any Chinese dialect.

Computer Science A

CSCA**H

0.5

(BR=Quant)

No

No

No

 

Computer Science Principles

CSCA**H

0.5

(BR=Quant)

No

No

No

 

Economics: Macroeconomics

MGEA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Economics: Microeconomics

MGEA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

English Language & Composition

HUMA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

 

English Literature & Composition

HUMA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

 

Environmental Science

EESA**H

0.5

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

No

 

European History

HISA**Y

1.0

(BR=HisPhil)

No

Yes

Yes

 

French Language & Culture

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

German Language & Culture

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Government & Politics: Comparative

POLA**Y

1.0

(BR=SocBeh)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Consult department for advising of minor program requirements.

Government & Politics: United States

POLA**Y

1.0

(BR=SocBeh)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Consult department for advising of minor program requirements.

Human Geography

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Italian Language & Culture

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

International English Language

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Japanese Language & Culture

LGGA**Y

1.0

A82 (BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

No credit is given to native speakers. You have the equivalent of LGGA82Y. Consult the program advisor for course selection.

Latin: Literature

LAT1**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Latin: Vergil

LAT1**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Music Theory

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Music Theory - Aural Subscore

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Music Theory - Nonaural Subscore

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Physics 1: Algebra- Based

PHYA**H

0.5

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

No

All physics program and prerequisite requirements are calculus-based.

Physics 2: Algebra- Based

PHYA**H

0.5

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

No

All physics program and prerequisite requirements are calculus-based.

Physics B

PHYA**Y

1.0

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

No

All physics program and prerequisite requirements are calculus-based.

Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism

PHYA**H

0.5

A22(BR=NatSci)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of PHYA22 but not PHYA21.

Physics C - Mechanics

PHYA**H

0.5

A11(BR=NatSci)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of PHYA11 but not PHYA10.

Psychology

PSYA**H, PSYA**H

1.0

A01(BR=NatSci)

A02(BR=SocBeh)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of PSYA01 and PSYA02.

Research

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Seminar

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Spanish Language & Culture

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Spanish Language & Literature

SPA1**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Statistics

STAA**H

0.5

(BR=Quant)

No

No

No

 

United States History

HISA**Y

1.0

(BR=HisPhil)

No

Yes

Yes

 

World History

HISA**Y

1.0

(BR=HisPhil)

No

Yes

Yes