AP, IB and CLEP - you took the tests!

Now get the credit!

Utilize Your Accomplishments

Cabrillo accepts external exams from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

See If Your Scores from AP-IB-CLEP External Exams Can Be Used to Your Advantage.

Meet with an Academic Counselor to review and see where your scores could integrate into your education plan. There are limits - one example: some tests can be applied to more than one GE area but can only be used once. An Academic Counselor can help you to understand all your options and what's best for your education plan.

External Exams Accepted

AP charts
IB charts
CLEP charts
How each score is used depends on your goal

You can receive credit for the following external examinations toward a Cabrillo A.A./A.S. degree:

  1. Advanced Placement (AP) exams given by the College Entrance Examination Board with scores of 3, 4, or 5

  2. International Baccalaureate (IB) exams taken at the HL (High Level) with scores 5, 6, or 7

  3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores, credit depends on discipline, refer to CLEP charts

To use external examination results with either the IGETC or CSU GE patterns, see an Academic Counselor to request GE Certification from Cabrillo upon transfer.

To determine how credits will be used at a university for major preparation, please consult the Course Catalog of the transfer school or see an Academic Counselor.

Credit will be granted for GE certification according to charts listing accepted exams; work with an Academic Counselor to request GE certification using an external exam(s).

How do I get the credit?

and other FAQs

  1. Review your scores with an Academic Counselor. Unofficial scores are fine to get started. Before you incur the cost of official exam transcripts find out if your scores can be applied to your education plan in a way that advantages you.

  2. Then, request Official Results from the Examination Organizations:

    1. AP College Board

    2. IB

    3. CLEP

  3. Make an appointment with an Academic Counselor to officially request to use the scores toward your degree.

Timing: after you submit your documents it takes ten (10) work days to process. Schedule your appointment allowing time for your documents to be processed and put into your file.

This is a student initiated process, it is not automatic; you must request the use of AP, IB or CLEP credit toward your degree. Your scores must be on file at Cabrillo on order for Cabrillo to use the scores. Students must send an official copy of the AP, IB or CLEP results to Cabrillo. Your scores may be posted on your high school transcript, if so, please submit your official high school transcript. Then, see an Academic Counselor to review the scores and start the process to apply scores to your education plan for credit.

  • Advanced placement (AP) test with scores of 3, 4, or 5 in English Language or English Literature
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) test: English High Level with scores of 5, 6 or 7

Advanced Placement (AP) tests with scores of 3, 4, or 5:

  • Calculus AB 
  • Calculus BC 
  • Statistics 

International Baccalaureate (IB) test with score of 5, 6 or 7:

  • Mathematics High Level

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests with a score of at least 50:

  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • College Algebra-Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry 

How your credit will be applied depends on your major, your GE pattern and your transfer institution.

  1. See these list of accepted exams for complete information.

  2. Then make an appointment with an Academic Counselor to see what program requirements your scores will satisfy and what courses you still need to take.

Official transcripts and score reports are required for transcript annotation, degree and GE certification.

All official documents, including transcripts and test scores, must be sent directly from the originating institution. Once we receive your documents, allow ten business (10) to process.

  1. In Person drop off locations:

The Welcome Center

Academic Counseling

Student Resource Center, Watsonville Center

  1. Via email: evaluator@cabrillo.edu

  2. Via regular mail:

Cabrillo College, Admissions &Records

Welcome Center, SAC East

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003

attention: Evaluator