Prepare for MIT
Advanced Classes & Credit
MIT does not require applicants to take advanced courses beyond what is commonly available in high school.
However, many of our students, either through their schools or on their own, have taken advanced coursework through programs like the AP, IB, PSEO, EPGY, and many more alphabet soups of advanced academic programs. And many of these students are interested to know how MIT will consider these courses during the admissions process and if admitted, whether they are likely to be awarded credit upon enrollment.
We love to see that students have challenged themselves in high school and have taken advantage of their opportunities (as admissions officers have written about here and here). If you are using your resources in high school, you're going to learn a lot, and we're going to think that when you come to MIT you will learn even more. So, it's always a good thing to push yourself past your comfort zone in classes that you really love in high school, for your sake and ours.
That said, MIT does not commonly award credit for advanced coursework, generally because we prefer to make sure that all of our students start with equal footing. Though most advanced coursework programs are "standardized" in theory, in reality they often differ substantially between regions, schools, teachers, and even individual classes.
We have provided a list of our credit policies for common advanced placement courses.
However, even if the above mechanisms for credit don't work out, there is still another path to show your prior learning: through the Advanced Standing Exams, or ASEs. If you are confident that you have been adequately prepared for introductory coursework at MIT, through your high school study or independent study, then you can always take an ASE to test out of it. It's essentially like sitting the final before the class begins. If you do well you get to keep your grade on the ASE as your grade in the class; if you do poorly, you can simply take the class and the bad grade disappears.
No one will ever hold your education back at MIT, and you will never exhaust our curriculum of hard, interesting classes.