AP or IB Scores

If you took Advanced Placement (AP) courses or completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) certificate or diploma in high school, you may be eligible for college-level credit and placement into college classes. See how your scores can be used to get you ahead in your degree.

Use Scores to Receive Shoreline Course Credit

To receive Shoreline course credit for your AP or IB scores, follow the directions below. Once your scores are received, eligible credit will be evaluated and reported on your transcript at the end of the quarter, after final grades are posted.

To receive Shoreline course credit for your AP scores, order a score report from College Board to be sent to:

Shoreline Community College
Enrollment and Financial Aid Services
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

To receive Shoreline course credit for your IB scores, request an official transcript from the International Baccalaureate to be sent to:

Shoreline Community College
Enrollment and Financial Aid Services
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

Please Note: A maximum of 45 credits may be awarded to students with an IB diploma and appropriate grades in individual Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) subject exams; however, not all credits may apply toward a Shoreline Community College degree or certificate.

If you received an IB diploma, you can apply up to 30 course-specific credits (see below for specific information) plus an additional 15 credits towards an Associate in Arts degree, distributed equally across the three distribution areas (Humanities, Social Science, and Science).

Use Scores for Placement and/or Prerequisites

AP Scores

If you completed an Advanced Placement exam, you may be able to use your score to meet prerequisites for math, English, and other classes. 

You can use your score from the English: Language & Composition or English: Literature and Composition AP exams for placement into ENGL& 102 at Shoreline.

AP Score Shoreline Credit Placement/Prerequisites
5  or 4 ENGL& 101 (5 credits) or 5 credits of General or Core Elective Placement into ENGL& 102;  satisfies any prerequisite listing "completion of ENGL& 101" or "placement into ENGL& 101"
3 5 credits of Elective Use another method for placement
1, 2 No credit Use another method for placement

You can use your AP calculus and statistics scores for Shoreline credit and placement. For placement or to meet prerequisites for math courses, scores must be dated within the last two years.

AP Test AP Score Shoreline Credit Placement/Prerequisites
Calculus AB MATH& 151 and 152 (10 credits) Placement into MATH& 163
Calculus AB 3 or 4 MATH& 151 (5 credits) Placement into MATH& 152
Calculus AB 1 or 2 No credit Use another method for placement
Calculus BC 3, 4 or 5 MATH& 151 and 152 (10 credits) Placement into MATH& 163
Calculus BC 1 or 2 No credit Use another method for placement
Statistics 3, 4, or 5

MATH& 146 (5 credits)

Use another method for placement into the calculus sequence (MATH& 151, 152, 163), 

Statistics 1 or 2 No credit Use another method for math placement

You can receive Shoreline credit for the following AP tests with a score of 3 or higher. No credit is awarded for any of the following tests for scores of 1 or 2. 

AP Test AP Score Shoreline Credit/Placement
Art:  Art History 3, 4, or 5 ART& 100 (5 credits)
Art:  Studio Art - Drawing 4 or 5 Humanities Distribution or Elective (5 credits)
Art:  Studio Art - Drawing 3 Elective (5 credits)
Art:  2D Design 4 or 5 Humanities Distribution or Elective (5 credits)
Art:  2D Design 3 Elective (5 credits)
Art:  3D Design 4 or 5 Humanities Distribution or Elective (5 credits)
Art:  3D Design 3 Elective (5 credits)
Music Theory 4 or 5 MUSC& 141 (5 credits); Placement into MUSC& 142
Music Theory 3 Humanities Distribution or Elective (5 credits); Use another method for placement
Music Listening/Literature 3, 4, 5 MUSC& 105 (5 credits)
All AP tests 1 or 2 No credit;  use another method for placement

You can receive Shoreline credit for the following AP tests with a score of 3 or higher. No credit is awarded for any of the following tests for scores of 1 or 2. 

AP Test AP Score Shoreline Credit/Placement
Economics:  Micro 3, 4, or 5 ECON& 201 (5 credits); placement into ECON& 202
Economics:  Macro 3, 4, or 5 ECON& 202 (5 credits)
Human Geography 3, 4, or 5 GEOG& 200 (5 credits)
Psychology 4 or 5 PSYC& 100 (5 credits)
Psychology 3 Elective (5 credits)
All AP tests  1 or 2 No credit;  Use another method for placement

You can receive Shoreline credit for the following AP tests with a score of 3 or higher. No credit is awarded for any of the following tests for scores of 1 or 2.

AP Test AP Score Shoreline Credit/Placement
Government:  Comparative Government & Politics 5 POLS& 101 and POLS& 201 (10 credits)
Government:  Comparative Government & Politics 4 POLS& 101  (5 credits)
Government:  Comparative Government & Politics 3 Elective (5 credits)
Government:  US Government & Politics 4 or 5 POLS& 202 (5 credits)
Government:  US Government & Politics 3 Elective (5 credits)
History: European History 5 HIST& 116, 117, and 118 (15 credits)
History:  European History 4 HIST& 116 and 117 (10 credits)
History:  European History 3 HIST& 116 (5 credits)
History:  US History 5 HIST& 146, 147, and 148 (15 credits)
History:  US History 4 HIST& 146 and 147 (10 credits)
History:  US History 3 HIST& 146 (5 credits)
History:  World History 5 Social Science Distribution or Elective (15 credits)
History:  World History 4 Social Science Distribution or Elective (10 credits)
History:  World History 3 Social Science Distribution or Elective (5 credits)
All AP Tests 1 or 2 No credit;  Use another method for placement

You can receive Shoreline credit for the following AP tests with a score of 3 or higher. No credit is awarded for any of the following tests for scores of 1 or 2. 

AP Test AP Score Shoreline Credit/Placement
Biology 3, 4, or 5 BIOL 107 (5 credits)
Chemistry 3, 4 or 5 CHEM& 121 (5 credits)
Physics 1 3, 4 or 5 Elective (5 credits)
Physics 2 3, 4, or 5 Elective (5 credits)
Physics B 3, 4, or 5 Elective (5 credits)
Physics C (Mechanics) 4 or 5 PHYS& 221 and 223 (11 credits)
Physics C (Mechanics) 3 Elective (5 credits)
Physics C (Elect. & Mag.) 3, 4, or 5 Elective (5 credits)
All AP tests 1 or 2 No credit;  use another method for placement

You can receive Shoreline credit for the following AP tests with a score of 3 or higher. No credit is awarded for any of the following tests for scores of 1 or 2. 

AP Test AP Score Shoreline Credit/Placement
Computer Science A 4 or 5 CS& 141 (5 credits)
Computer Science A 3 Elective (5 credits)
Computer Science AB 5 CS& 141 and CS 143 (10 credits)
Computer Science AB 3 or 4 CS& 141 (5 credits)
Environmental Science 4 or 5 ENVS& 100 and ENVS& 101 (10 credits)
Environmental Science 3 ENVS& 100 (5 credits)
All AP tests 1 or 2 No credit;  use another method for placement

You can receive Shoreline credit for the following AP tests with a score of 3 or higher. No credit is awarded for any of the following tests for scores of 1 or 2. 

AP Test AP Score Shoreline Credit/Placement
Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 CHIN& 121 (5 credits)
French Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 FRCH& 121 (5 credits)
French Literature 4 or 5 Humanities Distribution or Elective (5 credits)
French Literature 3 Elective (5 credits)
Japanese Language 5 JAPN& 123, 221, and 222 (15 credits)
Japanese Language 4 JAPN& 123 and 221 (10 credits)
Japanese Language 3 JAPN& 123 (5 credits)
Latin Literature and Culture 4 or 5 Humanities Distribution or Elective (5 credits)
Latin Literature and Culture 3 Elective (5 credits)
Spanish Language and Culture 5 SPAN& 221, 222, and 223 (15 credits)
Spanish Language and Culture  4 SPAN& 221 and 222 (10 credits)
Spanish Language and Culture  3 SPAN& 221 (5 credits)
Spanish Literature and Culture 4 or 5 Humanities Distribution or Elective (5 credits)
Spanish Literature and Culture 3 Elective (5 credits)
All AP Tests 1 or 2 No credit;  use another method for placement

IB Scores

If you completed an International Baccalaureate exam within the last two years, you may be able to use the scores (listed as "grades" on your IB transcript) for placement and/or to meet prerequisites for math, English, and other courses.

IB SL or HL Score (Grade) Shoreline Placement/Credit
English A Literature:  5, 6, 7 5 credits equivalent to ENGL& 111, placement into ENGL&101
English A Language & Literature:  5, 6, 7 5 credits equivalent to ENGL&101, placement into ENGL&102
English A Literature or 
Language & Literature:  4

5 elective credits, use another method for placement

English B

No credit awarded, use another method for placement

IB SL or HL Score (Grade) Shoreline Placement/Credit
Mathematics:  7 5 credits equivalent to MATH& 151, placement into MATH& 152
Mathematics:  5 or 6 5 credits equivalent to MATH& 142, placement into MATH& 151
Further Mathematics:  5, 6, 7 5 credits equivalent to MATH& 151, placement into MATH& 152
4 5 elective credits, use another method for placement

IB SL or HL Score (Grade) Score (Grade) Course(s) and Credits
Language A:  Arabic A, Chinese A, 
French A, Japanese A, Russian A, Spanish
4 Elective (5 credits)
Language A:  Arabic A, Chinese A, 
French A, Japanese A, Russian A, Spanish
5, 6, 7 Humanities distribution (5 credits)
Language B:  Arabic B, Chinese B, 
French B, Japanese B, Russian B, Spanish B
4 Elective (5 credits)
Language B:  Arabic B, Chinese B, Russian B 5, 6 Humanities distribution:  
World Language (5 credits)
Language B:  Arabic B, Chinese B, Russian B 7 Humanities distribution:  
World Language (10 credits)
Language B: French B, Japanese B, Spanish B 4 Elective (5 credits)
French B 5 FRCH &121 (5 credits)
French B 6 FRCH &121, 122 (10 credits)
French B 7 FRCH &121, &122, &123 (15 credits)
Japanese B 5 JAPN &121 (5 credits)
Japanese B 6 JAPN &121, & 122 (10 credits)
Japanese B 7 JAPN &121, & 122, &123 (15 credits)
Spanish B 5 SPAN &121 (5 credits)
Spanish B 6 SPAN &121 and &122 (10 credits)
Spanish B 7 SPAN &121, &122, &123 (15 credits)

IB SL or HL Examination Score (Grade) Course(s) and Credits
ANY EXAMINATION 4 Elective (5 credits)
American History 5, 6, 7 HIST& 136, HIST& 137, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, or HIST& 148 (5 credits)
Art/Design 5, 6, 7 ART& 100 or ART 109 (5 credits)
Biology 5, 6, 7 5 biology credits, noted on transcript, counts toward Natural Science (Lab) distribution requirement
Business & Management 5, 6, 7 Elective (5 credits)
Chemistry 5, 6, 7 CHEM &121 (5 credits)
Computer Science 5, 6, 7 Elective (5 credits)
Design Technology 5, 6, 7 ENGR& 104 (5 credits)
East/Southeast & Oceania History 5, 6, 7 EASIA 218 (5 credits)
Economics 5 ECON& 201 (5 credits)
Economics 6, 7 ECON& 201 and ECON& 202 (10 credits)
European History 5, 6, 7 HIST& 116, HIST& 117, OR HIST& 118 (5 credits)
Geography 5, 6, 7 GEOG& 200 (5 credits)
Global Politics 5, 6, 7 Elective (5 credits)
Information Technology in a Global Society 5, 6, 7 Elective (5 credits)
Music 5, 6, 7 MUSC &105 (5 credits)
Philosophy 5, 6, 7 PHIL& 101 (5 credits)
Physics 5, 6, 7 PHYS&114, PHYS&115 and PHYS&116 (15 credits)
Psychology 5, 6, 7 PSYC &100 (5 credits);  Placement into PSYC 202, 209, 236, and &220
Social & Cultural Anthropology 5, 6, 7 ANTH& 206 (5 credits)
Sports, Exercise & Health Science 5, 6, 7 Elective (5 credits)
Theatre 5, 6, 7 DRMA &101 (5 credits)
Visual Arts 5, 6, 7 ART& 100 (5 credits)

What do I do next?

If you need to meet prerequisites to register for a class, choose one of the following options:

  • Bring a printed copy of your AP scores or unofficial IB transcript when you meet with an advisor to plan your classes. "Predicted grades" from your instructor are also acceptable.
  • If you are an online student, you can email a scanned copy of your scores to advising@shoreline.edu and schedule a virtual meeting.
  • Contact the relevant department for the Shoreline class you want to enter.