Transferring to Bates

Bates Tech awards credit for prior learning and will evaluate each student’s record to determine transferability.


Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Bates Technical College grants credits to entering first-year students who have earned scores of three (3) or higher on the Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Advanced Placement Tests. Students who wish to receive advanced placement credits must provide the Bates credential evaluator with a copy of their ETS test score report for evaluation. The number of credits awarded will be noted on the student’s transcript, and a grade of ‘S’ recorded for all courses where credit is granted. Advanced placement credits will fulfill either distributive or elective requirements for an AAS degree.

The following college departments currently grant advanced placement credits:

  • Biology: A student scoring 3 or greater on the Biology examination will receive five credits for BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 175.
  • Chemistry: A student scoring 3 or greater on the Chemistry examination will receive five credits for CHEM& 121.
  • Physics: 
    • A student scoring 3 or greater on the Physics 1 examination will receive five credits for PHYS& 114.
    • A student scoring 3 or greater on the Physics C (Mechanics) examination will receive five credits for PHYS& 114.
  • English: A student scoring 4 or greater on the English Composition examination will receive five credits for ENGL& 101.
  • Statistics: A student scoring 3 or greater on the Statistics examination will receive five credits for MATH& 146.
  • Precalculus:
    • A student scoring 3 on the Precalculus examination will receive five credits for MATH& 141.
    • A student scoring 4 or greater on the Precalculus examination will receive ten credits for MATH& 141 and MATH& 142.
  • Calculus:
    • A student scoring 3 or greater on the Calculus AB examination will receive five credits for MATH& 151.
    • A student scoring 3 or greater on the Calculus BC examination will receive five credits for MATH& 151 or MATH& 152.
  • Computer Science: A student scoring 4 or greater on the Computer Science A examination will receive five credits for CS& 141.
  • U.S. History: 
    • A student scoring 3 or 4 on the U.S. History examination will receive five credits for HIST& 146, HIST& 147, or HIST& 148.
    • A student scoring 5 on the U.S. History examination will receive ten credits for HIST& 146, HIST& 147, or HIST& 148.
  • Economics: 
    • A student scoring 3 or greater on the Microeconomics examination will receive five credits for ECON& 201.
    • A student scoring 3 or greater on the Macroeconomics examination will receive five credits for ECON& 202.
  • Psychology: A student scoring 3 or greater on the Psychology examination will receive five credits for PSYC& 100.

Advanced placement credits may be granted in other subjects upon consultation with appropriate department heads and credential evaluators.

For more information regarding AP Exams, view the SBCTC AP Crosswalk.


Cambridge International (CI) Exams

A student who has tested in Cambridge International Exams may request college credit for their Test Score. Bates will evaluate each student’s record individually for credit. The Cambridge International (CI) scores chart represents course equivalencies awarded for each Cambridge International (CI) exam score and recognized by all community and technical colleges in Washington.  To be considered for College Credit, please have your test scores sent to Bates Technical College, Registration Office.


International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

International Baccalaureate (IB) – A student who has tested in IB may request college credit for IB higher-level work. Bates will evaluate each student’s record individually for credit and advanced placement. To be considered for College Credit, please have your test scores sent to Bates Technical College, Registration Office.

For more information regarding IB Program, view the SBCTC IB Crosswalk.


Note: Transfer schools are not required to accept courses transferred in by AP, IB or CI exams. Students should check with their intended transfer school as to its AP, IB or CI exam policy.

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