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What if my AP, IB, CAIE, or other advanced exams were cancelled or changed due to COVID-19?

As of March, the College Board, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge Assessment International Education have modified or cancelled their respective final exams for spring 2020. Since then, many other advanced and/or national education programs have changed or cancelled their capstone examinations.

As always, students will not be penalized in the application process for disruptions outside of their control. We will work closely with secondary schools and educational organizations to understand any modifications to the exams and interpret them accordingly. We will also rely on your letters of recommendation, prior coursework and grades, and other aspects of academic context to help evaluate your preparation.

MIT has always awarded relatively limited credit for advanced placement exams offered by third-party organizations. Instead, most MIT students who wish to accelerate their learning do so via our own Advanced Standing Examinations (ASEs), which allow students to demonstrate competency in several core subjects during their orientation.

Our colleagues in the Office of the First Year (OFY) maintain the comprehensive guide for AP, IB, transfer, and ASE credit, and are updating it as events warrant, so you should check back there as things continue to develop.

This FAQ was last updated on 5/26/2020. We will update this and/or other FAQs as events warrant. 

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