Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)
Find out which high school courses can get you university credit at Alberta post-secondary institutions
Get Credit for High School Learning
If you took Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in high school, you may get credit(s) toward your post-secondary program.
What is Advanced Placement (AP)?
AP is a program run by the College Board, a non-profit organization that works to increase access to higher education. You can take AP classes in high school to earn post-secondary credit or qualify for more advanced college or university classes.
What are AP courses?
AP courses give you the experience of an introductory level college or university class while you’re in high school. You might also get post-secondary credit for the class if you pass the AP exam and if it meets your post-secondary institution’s admission requirements.
How to Sign Up for AP Courses
You can sign up for AP courses through your normal high school registration process. You may need to take prerequisite courses first, making it important to talk to your high school guidance counselor if you have questions. You can also research participating Alberta schools.
Receiving AP Credit
To receive post-secondary credit for AP courses, you must:
Write the final AP exam by signing up for the test through your school’s designated AP coordinator (often a guidance counselor)
What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) program?
Founded more than 40 years ago by the International School of Geneva in Switzerland, the IB diploma programs operates in more than 3,800 schools in 146 countries.
Taking IB Courses
Use the IBO search tool to find a school in your area. Schools admit students to the program in different ways. Some schools conduct a series of personal interviews and require entrance essays (completed at home or under supervision). Talk to your junior high school guidance counsellor for more information.
You might also get post-secondary credit for the class if you pass the IB exam and if it meets your post-secondary institution’s admission requirements.
Receiving Post-Secondary Credit for IB Courses
To receive post-secondary credit for IB courses, you need to:
Before you apply for post-secondary study, ask admissions staff at the post-secondary institution you want to attend about how they recognize AP or IB credit. Your program or institution may offer some flexibility in how you use your AP or IB credits. For example, if you earned first-year AP or IB credits for certain subjects (like biology), some post-secondary institutions give you two options:
Use your credits to take the second-year level course
Waive your AP or IB credit and enroll in the first-year level course
If you accept the credit, you could graduate sooner, saving time and money, so why would you want to waive your credit? You might want to continue to build your skills in that course before moving up to the next level. This way, you can design the learning path that makes the most sense for you.