Validation and Advanced Placement (AP)
Reference: Current Directorate of Admission, United States Military Academy, West Point Annual Catalog
"Cadets may be excused from (validate) certain core courses if they have sufficient knowledge of a subject to meet appropriate department’s standards. Credit earned in other colleges, Advanced Placement Examination scores, and tests administered at the Military Academy are considered in validation decisions. Advanced Placement Examination’s scores may be used in mathematics, physics, chemistry, history, social sciences, and foreign languages. Validation of core courses allows a cadet to substitute an additional elective in place of a core course. If a cadet shows unusual ability or has prior knowledge of the subject, but does not validate the course, he/she may be enrolled in an advanced or accelerated version."
Advice to Parents:
The AP test scores will be used by academic departments as one piece of information to determine advanced placement or validation for new cadets. USMA also provides its own testing for new cadets to determine if they will be scheduled for the standard course, the advanced course or if they can validate the course. Five different departments provide USMA placement testing/validation opportunities to new cadets during the month of July. Also an AP score of 5 in European, US, or World History is necessary to proceed to validation. An AP Calculus, AB or BC, score of 4 or 5 is important in validating Calculus. A Chemistry AP score of 4 or 5 can be important in validating chemistry. English requires an AP score of 4 or 5, and a high SAT-V score for consideration to validate English composition.
Students who are considering attending USMA will list USMA (code: 2924) as an AP score recipient. If the cadet has been accepted at USMA and did not list USMA as a score recipient, he/she can request their AP transcripts be sent to USMA (US Military Academy, ATTN: O/Dean – ORD, Bldg 600 Rm 112, Swift Road, West Point, NY 10996 – 1905) by phoning 1-888-CALL-4-AP. The cadet will need to provide his/her Soc Sec No., birth date, and home address. The processing fee is $25.00 and can be paid either by credit card or billed to the home address. Scores should arrive electronically within 2 business days. AP scores should be requested no later than the second week in July, if the cadet is beginning school in the fall term.
USMA does not transfer credits from other institutions of higher education except for West Point approval of a course taken while semester abroad. Official transcripts with a grade of “B” or better from other colleges will be reviewed for validation credit. Cadets who validate courses may choose to take additional electives or request consideration for the advanced course in the respective subject. The final decision for validated credit is determined by the appropriate department.
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Updated as of: 31 March 2014