High School Exam Scores

Overview

Before and during your first semester at UC Berkeley, the campus’s Central Evaluation Unit will perform an initial transfer credit review. All credit-bearing exams (e.g. AP, IB, GCE A-Level), high school transcripts, and transcripts from other colleges that you have submitted as part of your Admissions tasks will be reviewed during this process. This initial review is typically completed by the end of your first semester at UC Berkeley.

Assessing High School Exam Credit

Units 

You can get an approximation of how many units you will earn from your exam scores through the UC Admissions website. Ultimately, your Transfer Credit Report, found in the Academics tab of your CalCentral, will detail the units you received for your exam scores. 

General Education Requirements

Exam scores may satisfy:

  • Entry Level Writing
  • American History and Institutions
  • Reading and Composition
  • Foreign Language
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Qualifying test scores that may satisfy these requirements can be found in the Degree Requirements section by clicking on the page for each specific requirement. 

Exam scores cannot satisfy American Cultures or the Seven-Course Breadth requirements.*

*The only exception are a limited number of GCE A Level exams for students admitted Fall 2017 and prior. Please see the Seven-Course Breadth page for more information.

Major Requirements

How exam scores may or may not satisfy major requirements is determined by each major department. Just because one major department accepts a score as satisfying a major requirement does not mean another major department will also accept that score. Instead of asking, “Does my exam score count as Math 1B?” you should instead ask, “How does my exam score apply to the requirements for each major I am exploring?” You can find this information by reviewing the websites of your intended major departments (links to each major department website can be found in the Academic Guide by selecting the major you are exploring).