International Baccalaureate Higher-Level Exams

How higher-level International Baccalaureate exams transfer

If you are interested in receiving credit for International Baccalaureate exams, you should have an official score report sent to Undergraduate Admissions at SPU. If you completed an exam for a subject not listed below, alert Undergraduate Admissions and they will ensure that the subject is reviewed for transfer.

The chart below indicates how International Baccalaureate Higher-Level Exam scores presented on an official score report are accepted at SPU. (See SPU's credit granting policies for International Baccalaureate Standard-Level Exam scores here.) The numbers in parentheses indicate the score(s) required in order to receive credit. No score below 4 will result in credit. (LD) means lower-division credit, the level of courses primarily completed during the first two years of college.

View Exploratory Curriculum Requirements here to see how your exams may work toward fulfilling General Education requirements. Keep in mind that beyond General Education and major requirements you may need quite a few elective credits to complete your degree.

If you believe an exam for which you receive credit from SPU also may fulfill major requirements, contact the appropriate department for a review.

Note: Combined credit for all test programs and 13th year advanced standing cannot exceed 45 quarter credits.

IB exam subject Credit and Scores Exploratory Curriculum SPU acceptance
Anthropology 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Anthropology 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKSS,
CUE
ANT 2250
Arabic B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Arabic B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Arabic B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Arabic B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Art Design 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Biology 5 (for 4 or 5) None Elective (LD)
Biology 5 (for 6 or 7) WKFS  Fundamental Science
Business and
Management
5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Business Organization 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Chemistry 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Chemistry 5 (for 5) WKFS  CHM 1211
Chemistry 10 (for 6)  WKFS  CHM 1211 and 1212
Chemistry 15 (for 7) WKFS  CHM 1211, 1212, 1213 and 2213
Chinese, Mandarin B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Chinese, Mandarin B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Chinese, Mandarin B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Chinese, Mandarin B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Classical Languages 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Classical Languages 5 (for 5) None Elective (LD)*
Classical Languages 10 (for 6)  None Elective (LD)*
Classical Languages 15 (for 7) None Elective (LD)*
Computer Science 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Computer Science 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKAS Applied Science
Dance 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Dance 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKA Arts
Design Technology 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7)  None Elective (LD)
Economics 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Economics 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKSS ECN 2101
English A-1 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
English A-1 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKH Humanities
Environmental Systems and Societies 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Film 5 (for 4, 5, 6 7) None Elective (LD)
French B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
French B 5 (for 5) For Lang met FRE 1103
French B 10 (for 6) For Lang met FRE 1103
French B 15 (for 7) For Lang met FRE 1103
Geography 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Geography 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKSS Social Sciences
German B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
German B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
German B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
German B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Global Politics 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Global Politics 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKSS Political Science Elective
History 5 (for 4) None Elective
History 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKSS History Elective*
Indonesian B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Indonesian B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Indonesian B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Indonesian B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Italian B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Italian B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Italian B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Italian B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Info Tech Global Society 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Japanese B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Japanese B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Japanese B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Japanese B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Language A 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Language A 5 (for 5) None See ENGL Dept*
Language A 10 (for 6) None See ENGL Dept*
Language A 15 (for 7) None See ENGL Dept*
Language B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Language B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Language B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Language B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Malay B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Malay B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Malay B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Malay B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Mathematics 5 (for 4 or 5) None Elective (LD)
Mathematics 5 (for 6 or 7) WKQR Quantitative Reasoning
Mathematics, Further 5 (for 4, 5, 6 7) None Elective (LD)
Music 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Near East 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Philosophy 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Physics 5 (for 4 or 5) None Elective (LD)
Physics 5 (for 6 or 7) WKFS  Fundamental Science
Psychology 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Psychology 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKSS PSY 1180
Russian B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Russian B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Russian B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Russian B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Spanish B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Spanish B 5 (for 5) For Lang met SPN 1103
Spanish B 10 (for 6) For Lang met SPN 1103
Spanish B 15 (for 7) For Lang met SPN 1103
Sports, Exercise, & Health Sciences 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)
Swahili B 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Swahili B 5 (for 5) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Swahili B 10 (for 6) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Swahili B 15 (for 7) For Lang met Elective (LD)
Theatre 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD)
Theatre 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKA Arts
Visual Arts 5 (for 4) None Elective (LD) *
Visual Arts 5 (for 5, 6 or 7) WKA Arts *
World Religions 5 (for 4, 5, 6 or 7) None Elective (LD)

*Consult with the academic department regarding placement or major requirements.