Office for Prior Learning Assessment

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate LogoInternational Baccalaureate (IB) Credit at USM

IB Equivalencies and Passing Scores

The University of Southern Maine grants academic credit for students who have earned a 5 or higher on Higher-Level International Baccalaureate exams. Faculty have evaluated the following exams:

 

Students must receive a score of 5 or higher on a Higher Level (HL) IB exam. USM does not grant credit for Standard Level (SL) IB Examinations. 

IB: Subject 

USM Course Equivalencies

Credit Awarded  

Visual Arts

ART 1XX CE

3 credits

Biology

BIO 105, BIO 106, and BIO 107 SE

9 credits

Chemistry

CHY 113 SE, and CHY 114 SE

4 credits

Dance

THE 1XX CE

3 credits

English A (all HL exams)

ENG 1XX CI

3 credits

Geography

GEO 103 SC & INTL

3 credits

History

HTY 1XX SC + INTL

3 credits

Physics

PHY 111 SE and PHY 112 SE

8 credits

Psychology

PSY 100

3 credits

Classical Languages 

Language B 

Language ab initio 

Exams are reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis 

Credits are based on an individual review of the exam

If you have taken or will be taking a Higher-Level (HL) IB Exam that is not listed above, please contact the USM PLA Office at 207-780-4663 or priorlearningusm@maine.edu

Receiving Credit for your IB exams at USM

The PLA office must have an official transcript in order to evaluate your scores for college credit. Please have your transcript sent to:

Prior Learning Assessment
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300, Luther Bonney Hall 253
Portland, ME 04104

Once the PLA office has received your official IB transcript, your credits will be evaluated and posted to your USM academic transcript. You will be notified when we have evaluated and posted your credits.

Resources

International Baccalaureate Website
Official Transcript Request from IB