Harvard Changes its Policy on AP College Credit and Advanced Standing Program

You may not have even known this, but in the past, it had been possible to graduate from Harvard with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in four or five years through its Advanced Standing Program. Whether it was four or five was determined by how many pre-matriculation AP credits you were granted and how quickly you could earn college credits once you were there. Harvard had allowed as many as 32 college graduation credits on AP exams on which is student earned a score of five. Eight credits were granted for full-year courses and four credits were granted for half-year courses. Now, however, Harvard no longer grants any credit for AP tests, and has effectively canceled its Advanced Standing Program. According to Harvard, “these examinations will continue to serve as valuable placement tools, and certain examinations may still fulfill the College’s language requirement.” 

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