If you achieve a final AP grade of 4 or higher, you can receive Advanced Standing at the U of A through:
- Transfer credit
- Advanced placement
- Credit by special assessment (CSA)
The AP Advanced Standing Presentation provides more detailed information about this recognition, how to check your credit assessment, and transfer credit considerations. You can find the university-level equivalents for specific AP courses outlined in the AP Advanced Standing Chart.
Transfer Credit and Professional Programs
If you are planning to apply to a program that requires pre-professional study such as Business or Dentistry, your AP transfer credit may help you meet program prerequisites. Some programs will even use your AP grade when calculating a prerequisite average.*
For example, if you achieve a score of 4 or 5 in English (Literature and Composition), you will receive transfer credit for ENGL 100-level (★3), which is a prerequisite course for many professional programs such as Dentistry and Pharmacy. Earning transfer credit means you are not required to take these classes in university, which can free up time and money.
* Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science, and Radiation Therapy will factor in your AP scores when calculating your prerequisite admission average. An AP grade of 5 will be equated to a 4.0, and an AP score of 4 will be equated to a 3.7 on the UAlberta four-point scale.