College Board Programs Are Recognized Globally
College Board programs are among the most highly recognized credentials used by world-class higher education institutions globally. More than 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. and 85 countries have reported that they accept the SAT, SAT Subjects Tests™, and/or AP in admission and/or for credit/placement. For a list of U.S. higher education admission and credit policies, please visit BigFuture™ and AP Credit Policy Search.
To access the list of more than 650 universities outside the U.S. that recognize College Board programs, visit the international educator resource page. Recognition policies are primarily based on information reported by institutions through the International Annual Survey of Colleges (iASC) or sourced from the respective institutional website. Policies are subject to change, so we recommend that students visit the institution’s website and/or contact their admission office to confirm the most up-to-date information. For higher education institutions that would like to be included, please contact us.
The SAT Suite of Assessments
Most four-year universities in the United States require students to take an admission test such as the SAT. The tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments—the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9—make it easier to help students navigate a path from high school through college and career.
The tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels. As students progress, the tests keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work being done in the classroom.
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
The AP Program includes university-level courses and exams where students can earn college credit or placement while still in secondary school. AP is recognized by most colleges and universities in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries worldwide. Institutions in the U.S. give credit and/or placement for qualifying AP Exam scores of a 3, 4, or 5. This may allow students to skip some first-year university courses. Policies vary by institution so make sure your students verify with the college before they apply.
- Learn more about the AP Program.
- Find schools that offer authorized AP courses and exams.
- Search for universities in the U.S. that offer AP credit.
- Search for universities that recognize AP.
- Learn more about coordinating AP Exams.
- Learn about the AP Scholar Awards your students may qualify for.
Resources for International Counselors
Check out these resources to help you lead your students to university and career success.
- View our newly launched Educator Tools with resources on higher education recognition of SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP, financial aid for international students, and other helpful guides.
- Find Professional Development Events in the cities and countries near you.
- Stay updated with our monthly newsletter, the Counselor Connection, for international counselors. Sign up for a free College Board account to start receiving it!
Participate in Our Programs
The first step in participating with any of the College Board's programs such as the SAT®, the AP Program, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), and others is to establish a College Board school code.
A College Board School Code allows your secondary school to receive reports from the College Board and from other educational organizations, such as the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Common Application. It may also allow you to administer exams such as the SAT or offer the Advanced Placement Program at your school.
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