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International Baccalaureate Test Scores

American River College may award college credit for international baccalaureate (IB) higher-level (HL) course completion, if the course work is compatible with the college's curriculum. IB test scores may be used to meet American River College AA/AS general education requirements, California State University (CSU) general education requirements, and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). No credit will be granted for lower-level course work completed in the IB program.

A student may receive credit for IB tests they have successfully passed once the following requirements are met:

  • Official copies of test scores are on file with Admissions and Records
  • Student has completed twelve (12) units of credit and has a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)

Students should be aware that other colleges and universities have the right to accept, modify, or reject the use of IB scores towards their graduation requirements. Check with your counselor to determine whether these test results will be accepted at the transfer institution of your choice.

Students who have earned credit from an IB exam should not take a comparable college course because transfer credit will not be granted for both.

American River College General Education International Baccalaureate Credit

The use of IB exam scores for American River College course credit and general education is determined by American River College policy.
IB Exam Passing Score ARC Course Credit ARC GE Area Units for ARC GE Semester Units
Biology HL 5 N/A IV 3 3
Chemistry HL 5 CHEM 305 or CHEM 310 1 IV 5 5
Chemistry HL 6 CHEM 400 1 IV 5 5
Economics HL 5 ECON 302 and ECON 304 V(b) 3 6
Geography HL 5 N/A V(b) 3 3
History (any region) HL 5 N/A I or V(b) 3 3
Language A (any language) HL 5 N/A I 3 3
Language A: Language and Literature HL (any language) 5 N/A I 3 3
Language A: Language and Literature HL (any language except English) 5 N/A I 3 3
Language A: Language and Literature HL (English) 5 ENGWR 300 II(a) 3 3
Language A: Literature HL (any language except English) 5 N/A I 3 3
Language A1 (any language) HL 5 N/A I 3 3
Language A2 (any language) HL 5 N/A I 3 3
Mathematics: Further Mathematics SL (taken before 2012) 5 MATH 400 II(b) 5 5
Mathematics HL 5 MATH 400 II(b) 5 5
Physics HL 5 N/A IV 3 3
Psychology HL 5 PSYC 300 V(b) 3 3
Theatre HL 5 N/A I 3 3
  • 1 With department approval upon review of lab reports.

CSU IB Credit

Visit CSU's IB webpage to find information on how credit is granted for admission and general education. Please note that each campus in the CSU system individually determines how it will apply external examination credit in the major. For more information about IB credit, consult a counselor.

IGETC International Baccalaureate Credit

This table describes how credit is granted for admission and general education using the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. For more information about transferring to the University of California (UC), see how UC awards credit for IB.
IB Test Passing Score IGETC Area Semester Units for IGETC Certification
Biology HL 5 5B (no lab) 3
Chemistry HL 5 5A (no lab) 3
Economics HL 5 4 3
Geography HL 5 4 3
History (any region) HL 5 3B or 4 3
Language A: Language and Literature HL (any language) 5 3B 3
Language A: Language and Literature HL (any language except English) 5 3B and 6A 3
Language A: Literature HL (any language except English) 5 3B and 6A 3
Language A: Literature HL (any language) 5 3B 3
Language B (any language) HL 5 6A 3
Mathematics HL 5 2A 3
Physics HL 5 5A (no lab) 3
Psychology HL 5 4 3
Theatre HL 5 3A 3