International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit

International Baccalaureate (IB) Transfer Policies:

  • You can receive a maximum of 32 exam credits from all sources (AP, IB, CLEP).
  • Credit is awarded only for Higher Level exams, with exam scores of 4 or 5 receiving 4 credits and exam scores of 6 or 7 receiving 8 credits.
  • SUNY General Education requirements can be satisfied by completing Higher Level exams in five of the ten areas of competency.
  • In addition, the General Education requirement for foreign language is satisfied by a score of 4-7 on either the Higher Level or Standard Level exams.

Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program may receive up to 32 credits. To receive the full 32 credits, the following conditions must be met:

  • The IB Diploma must be completed with a score of 30 or more points; and
  • The student must complete at least three Higher Level exams with a score of 5 or higher.

Diploma holders who meet these conditions receive credit for their individual exam scores plus additional liberal arts elective credit to total 32 credits. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Equivalencies:


Studies in Language and Literature

Language A: Language and Literature
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Humanities (H)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Humanities (H)
Language A: Literature
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Humanities (H)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Humanities (H)

Language Acquisition

For Classical  Greek, German, Italian, Latin or Mandarin (Chinese)
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
*Standard Level Scores of 4+ no credit earned - Foreign Language (FL3) waiver only
4, 5 elective credit 4 Foreign Language (FL3)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Foreign Language (FL3)
French and Spanish (for students entering prior to Fall 2019)
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
*Standard Level Scores of 4+ no credit earned - Foreign Language (FL3) waiver only
4, 5 elective credit 4 Foreign Language (FL3)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Foreign Language (FL3)
French (for students entering Fall 2019 or later)
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4 FREN 211 4 Foreign Language (FL3)
5 FREN 215 4 Foreign Language (FL3)
6, 7 FREN 241 & FREN 250 8 Foreign Language (FL3)
Spanish (for students entering Fall 2019 or later)
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 SPAN 250 4 Foreign Language (FL3)
6, 7 SPAN 250 & SPAN 251 8 Foreign Language (FL3)

Sciences

Biology
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4 elective credits (MSCI XXX) 4  
5 elective credits (MSCI XXX) 4  
6 BIOL 113 or BIOL 114 (4 credits) and MSCI XXX (4 credits) 8 Laboratory Science (L)
7 BIOL 113 and BIOL 114 8 Laboratory Science (L)
Chemistry (for students entering prior to Fall 2020)
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4 CHEM 101 4  
5 CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 4 Laboratory Science (L)
6, 7 CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 8 Laboratory Science (L)
Chemistry (for students entering Fall 2020 or later)
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4 CHEM 101 4  
5 CHEM 104 or 107 or 111 4 Laboratory Science (L)
6, 7 CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 8 Laboratory Science (L)
Computer Science
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4  
6, 7 elective credit 8  
Design Technology
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4  
6, 7 elective credit 8  
Environmental Studies
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4  
6, 7 elective credit 8 Laboratory Science (L)
Physics
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4  
6 elective credit 8  
7 elective credit 8 Laboratory Science (L)
Sports Exercise
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4  
6, 7 elective credit 8  

Mathematics

Mathematics HL
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Mathematics/Reasoning (M)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Mathematics/Reasoning (M)

The Arts

Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Aesthetics (A)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Aesthetics (A)

Individuals & Societies

Business Management
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4  

6, 7

elective credit 8  
Economics
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Social Science (N)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Social Science (N)
Global Politics
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Social Science (N)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Social Science (N)
Geography
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Social Science (N)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Social Science (N)
History*
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Social Science (N)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Social Science (N)

*Scores not used to determine proficiency in US History

History of Africa and the Middle East
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Social Science (N)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Social Science (N)
History of Asia and Oceania
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Social Science (N)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Social Science (N)
History of Europe
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Social Science (N)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Social Science (N)
Information Technology in a Global Society
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4  
6, 7 elective credit 8  
Philosophy
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4  
6, 7 elective credit 8  
Psychology
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 PSYC 111 4  
6, 7 PSYC 111 and MSCI XXX 8  
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Social Science (N)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Social Science (N)
World Religions
Higher Level Exam Score Equivalency Credits General Education
4, 5 elective credit 4 Humanities (H)
6, 7 elective credit 8 Humanities (H)
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IB contact information:

International Baccalaureate Organization
475 Riverside Drive, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10115
Phone: (212) 696 4464
Fax: (212) 889 9242
E-mail: ibna@ibo.org

All official exam scores should be sent to:

OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS
Binghamton University 
PO Box 6001 
Binghamton, NY 13902-6001