Quick Links

Advanced Level & Advanced Subsidiary Examinations

Bookstore Cafe

About Advanced Level & Advanced Subsidiary exams and transfer credit

Normally, advanced standing is granted for examinations taken through British, Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore and/or African Boards for:

- Advanced Level (AL) and/or Advanced Subsidiary (AS) board examinations with grades of "C" or better;
- CIE Pre-U Priniciapl Subject examinations with grades of "M3" or better;
- CXC CAPE examinations with grades of "III" or better.

If you receive an exemption for a course but decide to take it anyway, the McGill course will be flagged "not for credit". McGill reserves the right to change transfer credit recognition policy without notice.

The granting of transfer credit and advanced standing is subject to your faculty and program rules, and it is vital that you familiarize yourself with these. For example, unlike other McGill faculties, the Desautels Faculty of Management only grants equivalencies for AL and AS math examinations with grades of "B" or better, or for CIE Pre-U Mathematics examinations with "M2" or higher grades, or for CAPE Mathematics exams with grades of "II" or better.

All results must be sent directly to Enrolment Services from the appropriate Examination Board in order to be considered for advanced standing credit.

Faculty Names

The faculty and degree names have been shortened to fit the chart below — use this legend to interpret the acronyms:

  • AG = Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • AR = Faculty of Arts
  • AS = Bachelor of Arts and Science
  • BNUR = Bachelor of Nursing
  • BSC-ARCH = Bachelor of Science Architecture
  • ED = Faculty of Education
  • EN = Faculty of Engineering
  • MG = Desautels Faculty of Management
  • NU = School of Nursing
  • SC = Faculty of Science

Exams and Examination Boards that qualify

Use the tables below to determine whether your credentials are equivalent to a McGill course. If so, and if you meet the minimum grade requirement, you may be exempted from the McGill course and receive the number of transfer credits indicated in the tables below, in accordance with faculty-specific rules.

The tables below provide equivalences to McGill Courses for the following examinations:

AL Advanced Level examinations
AS Advanced Subsidiary examinations
CAPE Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations
HKALE Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations
H2 or H1 Singapore-Cambridge GCE (Advanced Level) Examination: Higher 2 or Higher 1
Principal Principal Subject examinations
ACSEE (Tanzania) Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination
UACE Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examination

 

As offered by the following examination boards:

AQA Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (UK)
CIE Cambridge International Examinations
CXC(CAPE) Caribbean Examination Council
EDEXCEL (Nuffield) EDEXCEL (Nuffield)
EDEXCEL/Pearson EDEXCEL (UK)
HKEAA Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
NECTA National Examinations Council of Tanzania
OCR Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations
OCR (Salters) Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations (S) (UK)
SEAB Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board
UNEB Uganda National Examination Board
WJEC Welsh Joint Examination Committee


List of exams and exam boards

In this section: 
Biology | Chemistry | Management | Mathematics | Physics

 

Biology

Exam Board GCE # (Units/ Papers/ Modules) McGill Equivalent Credits
 AQA
2010 - AL 2411 BIOL 111, 112 6
2009 - AS 1411 BIOL 112 3
pre-2010 AL 6411 or 6413 or 6416 BIOL 111, 112 6
pre-2009 AS 5411 or 5413 or 5416 BIOL 112 3
 CIE (Cambridge)
2010-2012 Pre-U Principal: 9790 BIOL 111,112 6
AL (AS + A2) BIOL 111, 112 6
AS BIOL 112 3
 Cameroon
2009 - AL 710 BIOL 111, 112 6
 CXC (CAPE)
2005 - CAPE: Unit 1+2 BIOL 111, 112 6
EDEXCEL (Nuffield)
AL (AS + A2) BIOL 111, 112 6
AS BIOL 112 3
HKEAA
HKALE BIOL 111, 112 6
OCR (Salters)
AL (AS + A2) BIOL 111, 112 6
AS BIOL 112 3
Singapore
Nov 2010 - H2 9648 BIOL 111, 112 6
2007 - H1 8875 BIOL 112 3
2007-2010 H2 9747 BIOL 111, 112 6
2005-2007 AL 9283 BIOL 111, 112 6
2002-2005 AL 9284 BIOL 111, 112 6
1997-2002 AL 9267 BIOL 111, 112 6
Tanzania
AL BIOL 111 3
 UNEB (Uganda)
2008-2013 Principal Subject: P 530 Biology BIOL 111, 112 6

 

Chemistry

Exam Board GCE # (Units/ Papers/
Modules)
McGill Equivalent Credits
AQA
 2010 - AL 2421 (Units 1–6) CHEM 110+120 only 8
 2009 - AS 1421 (Units 1–3) CHEM 110+120 only 8
 pre-2010 AL 6421 (1 – 6) CHEM 110, 120, 212 12
 pre-2009 AS 5421 (1 – 3) CHEM 110 4
CIE (Cambridge)
 2010-2012 New Pre-U Principal: 9791 (Papers 1-4) CHEM 110, 120 only 8
 2010 - AL 9701 (1 - 5) CHEM 110, 120 only 8
 2007 - AS 9701 (1-3) CHEM 110, 120 8
 2007-2009 AL 9701 (1 - 5) CHEM 110, 120, 212, 222 16
 2005-2006 AL 9701 (1 - 6) (the options do not give further exemption) CHEM 110, 120 only 8
 2005-2006 AS 9701 (1 - 3) CHEM 110 4
 pre-2005 AL 9701 (1, 2A, 2B, 3A,3B) CHEM 110, 120, 212 12
 pre-2005 AL 9701 (1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B)+ spectroscopy and Biochemistry options. CHEM 110, 120, 212, 222 16
 pre-2005 AS 9701 (1, 2A, 3A) none 0
CAMEROON
 2009 -

AL 715
assessed August 2013

none 0
CXC (CAPE)
 2005 - CAPE: Unit 1+2 CHEM 110 4
 pre-2005 CAPE: Unit 1 or 2 none 0
EDEXCEL/PEARSON
 2010 - AL 9CH01 (6CH 01-6)
or AL 9CH07 (6CH 01,2,4,5,+7+8)
CHEM 110,120 only
CHEM 110,120 only
8
8
 2009 - AS 8CH01 (6CH 01-3)
or AS 8CH07 (6CH 01,2+7)
CHEM 110, 120
CHEM 110, 120
8
8
 2003-01/2010 AL 9080; 1 – 6 (6241-6246) CHEM 110, 120, 212 + (222 not prerequisite for further organic) 12 (16)
 2003-01/2010 AS 8080; 1 – 3 CHEM 110 4
 EDEXCEL (Nuffield)
 2003-01/2010 AL 9086; 1 – 6 (6251-6256) CHEM 110, 120, 212 12
 2003-01/2010 AL 9086; 1 – 4 (6251-6254) CHEM 110, 120 8
 2003-01/2010 AS: 8086; 1 – 3 (6251-6253) CHEM 110 4
HKEAA
HKALE CHEM 110, 120, 212, 222 16
AS none 0
OCR
2010 - AL H434 (F321 - 326) CHEM 110,120 only 8
2009 - AS H034 (F321-323) CHEM 110, 120 8
pre-2010 AL 7882 (2811–2816) CHEM 110, 120, 212 12
pre-2009 AS 3882 (2811-2813) CHEM 110 4
2010 - AL H435 (F331-336) CHEM 110, 120 only 8
2009 - AS H035 (F331-333) CHEM 110, 120 8
OCR (Salters)
pre-2010 AL 7887 (2850–2855) CHEM 110, 120, 211 & must take lab CHEM 224 11
pre-2009 AS 3887 (2850–2852) CHEM 110 4
SINGAPORE
Nov 2010 H2 9647 (Papers 1-4) CHEM 110,120 only 8
2007 - H1 8872 CHEM 110, 120 & must take labs CHEM 112, 122 6
2007-2010 H2 9746 CHEM 110, 120, 212 12
2005-2008 AL 9251 (plus BioChemistry option) CHEM 110, 120, 212, 222, 302 19
2005-2008 AL 9251 (or Private 9259) CHEM 110, 120, 212, 222 16
2005-2006 AL 9258 plus BioChemistry option CHEM 110, 120, 212, 222, 302 19
2005-2006 AL 9258 CHEM 110, 120, 212, 222 16
2003-2004 AL 9258 CHEM 110, 120, 234 11
up to & including 2003 AL 9255 CHEM 110, 120, 234 11
Tanzania
AL CHEM 110, 120, 212. If no labs, must take CHEM 112, 122, 224 12 (9 cr if no labs)
 UNEB (Uganda)
2008-2013 Principal Subject: P 525 (Papers 1-3) CHEM 110, 120 8
WJEC
2009 - AS none 0
2010 - AL CHEM 110, 120, 224 and must take lab CHEM 112+ 122; if CHEM 212 req’d must take 211 (AR,AS,SC,MG,ED,NU excl BNUR) 7
2010 - AL CHEM 110, 120 and must take lab CHEM 112+ 122 (EN incl Arch) 6

 

Management

Exam Board GCE # (Subject) McGill Equivalent Credits
AQA AS 5121 + AL 6121 (Accounting) ACCT 1XX 6
CIE (Cambridge) AL 9706 (Accounting) MGCR 211 3
  AS 9706 (Accounting) MGCR 211 3
EDEXCEL/PEARSON 2005-Jan. 2010 AL 9011 (Accounting) ACCT 1XX 6

 

Mathematics

A C E H O S U W

In addition to the required official Certifying Statement(s) to be sent directly from the Examination Board(s) we will also require additional information for all subjects marked with asterisk (*). Certain combinations of units/papers within some AS or AL math will provide different exemptions and the Statement of Results showing all units/module/papers taken, and grades achieved, will be required. A school-attested copy, or your original Statements of Results, may be presented to Service Point in order that your record may be evaluated for possible exemptions.

Qualifications not listed: If the qualification you completed is not listed below, please contact Service Point for information regarding credit and exemption.

McGill Placement Exams: If you feel that you’ve have completed more than the exemption awarded, then you may be eligible to write a McGill Placement Exam.  Information can be found at www.mcgill.ca/students/exams/science/

Note regarding Statistics: For all Boards (other than CIE), students must complete three or four statistics units (over the course of AL Maths and AL Further Maths) in order to qualify for the statistics exemption.

 

Exam Board & Syllabus #

Units/Papers/Modules

McGill Exemptions

Credits
Granted

Applicable for these Faculties/Programs

AQA
2005 to present

* 6361 AL Math

MPC1, MPC2, MPC3, MPC4, and
two additional units

MATH 140

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

* 6361 AL Math

MPC1, MPC2, MPC3, MPC4, and
(MS1A or MS1B) and MS2B

MATH 140 and MATH 203

6

AG, AR, AS, ED, SC

6371 AL Further Math

Two of MFP1, MFP2, MFP3, or MFP4, and
four additional units

(requires AL Maths)

No additional exemptions (unless (MS1A or MS1B) and MS2B)

0

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

CIE (Cambridge)
2010 to present

9794 Pre-U Math
(Principal Subject) 

Components 1, 2 and 3

MATH 140

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

9795 Pre-U Further Math
(Principal Subject)

Components 1 and 2

(requires Pre-U Maths)

No additional exemptions

0

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

9794 + 9795 Pre-U

All five components above

MATH 140 and 203

6

AG, AR, AS, ED, SC

2005 to present

* 9709 AL Math

P1 and P3, and
(M1 and S1) or (M1 and M2)

MATH 122

3

MG,AR,ED

* 9709 AL Math

P1 and P3, and S1 and S2

MATH 122 and 203

6

AR, ED

* 9709 AL Math

P1 and P3, and S1 and S2

MATH 203

3

AG, AS, SC

* 9709 AS Math

P1, and one additional unit

none

0

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

* 9709 AS Math

P1 and P2

MATH 122

3

MG, AR, ED

9231 AL Further Math 

Paper 1 and Paper 2

(requires AL Maths)

MATH 140

(replacing MATH 122, if awarded)

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

Cameroon 

 

 

 

 

2009 to present

 

 

 

 

Pure Mathematics with Mechanics (765)

MATH 140 or (122+123) 

    3 or
    6

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC 

Pure Mathematics with Statistics (770)

MATH 140 or (122+123) 

    3 or
    6

AR, AS, ED, MG, SC 

Pure Mathematics with Statistics (770)

 MATH 140 only

 3

 ARCH, AG, EN, NU

Further Mathematics (775)

 MATH 141

 4

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC 

CXC

2008 to present

 

 

 

 

CAPE Pure Maths

Units 1 and 2 (3 modules in each unit)

Minimum grade ‘B’ required in each module

MATH 140

(replacing MATH 122, if awarded)

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

CAPE Pure Maths 

Unit 1 (3 modules)

Minimum grade ‘B’ required in each module

MATH 122

3

AR, ED, MG

CAPE Applied Math

Unit 2 (3 modules)

Minimum grade ‘B’ required in each module

No additional exemptions

0

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

CAPE Applied Math

Unit 1 (3 modules)

Minimum grade ‘B’ required in each module

MATH 203

3

AG, AR, AS, ED, SC

EDEXCEL

2009 to present

 

 

 

 

9371 AL Math

C1, C2, C3, C4 and two additional units

MATH 140

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

9373 AL Pure Math

C1, C2, C3, C4 and FP1 and (FP2 or FP3)

MATH 140

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

9372 AL Further Math

FP1 and (FP2 or FP3) and
four additional units

(requires AL Maths)

No additional exemptions

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

* 9372 AL Further Math 

FP1, FP2, FP3 and
three additional units

(requires AL Maths)

MATH 141

4

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

* 9372 AL Further Math 

FP1 and (FP2 or FP3) and S1,S2,S3, S4

(requires AL Maths)

MATH 203

3

AG, AR, AS, ED, SC

8371 and 8372
AS Math and AS Further Math

8371 (C1 and C2 and one other unit) and

8372 (FP1 and two other units)

MATH 140

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

HKEAA

2005 to 2013

 

 

 

 

HKALE Pure Math

Paper 1 and Paper 2

MATH 140,141 and 133

10

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

HK AS Maths &Stats

Paper 1 and Paper 2

No exemptions

0

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

OCR

2005 to present

 

 

 

 

7890 AL Math

C1, C2, C3, C4 and two additional units

MATH 122

3

AR, ED, MG

* 7892 AL Further Math 

FP1 and FP2 and four additional units

(requires AL Maths)

MATH 140

(replacing MATH 122, if awarded)

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

* 7892 AL Further Math 

FP1 and FP3 and four additional units

(requires AL Maths)

No additional exemption

0

AR, ED, MG

* 7892 AL Further Math 

FP1 and FP2 and S1, S2 and S3 and one additional unit

(requires AL Maths)

MATH 140 and 203

(replacing MATH 122, if awarded)

6

AG, AR, AS, ED, SC

* 7892 AL Further Math 

FP1 and FP3 and S1, S2 and S3 and one additional unit

(requires AL Maths)

MATH 122 and 203

6

AR, ED

OCR MEI

2005 to present

 

 

 

 

7895 AL Math

C1, C2, C3, C4 and two additional units

MATH 140

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

* 7896 AL Further Math

FP1 and FP2 and four additional units 

(requires AL Maths)

MATH 141

4

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

* 7896 AL Further Math

FP1 and FP2 and S1, S2 and S3 and
one additional unit

(requires AL Maths)

MATH 141 and 203

7

AG, AR, AS, ED, SC

SEAB (Singapore)

2007 to present

 

 

 

 

9740 H2 Maths

Paper 1 and Paper 2

MATH 140, 141 and 203

10

AG, AR, AS, ED, SC

9740 H2 Maths

Paper 1 and Paper 2

MATH 140 and 141

7

ARCH, EN, MG, NU

2010 to present

8864 H1 Maths

Paper 1 and Paper 2

MATH 122

3

AR, ED, MG

UNEB (Uganda)

2008 to 2013

 

 

 

 

P425 Principal Maths

Paper 1 and Paper 2

MATH 140 and 141

7

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

S475 Subsidiary Maths

Paper 1 and Paper 2

(may not be taken with P425 Maths)

No exemptions

0

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC

WJEC (Wales) 

 

 

 

 

2013 -  

 

 

 

 

AL Mathematics

Units C1, C2, C3, C4, M1, M

MATH 140 only

3

ARCH, AG, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC 

 

Units C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, S2

 MATH 140 + 203

6

AR, AG, AS, ED, SC 

 

 Units C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, S2

 MATH 140 only

3

ARCH, EN, MG, NU 

Physics

Exam Board GCE# (Units/ Papers/ Modules) McGill Equivalent Credits
AQA
2009 - 2014 Physics A (2450): AL 2451 (1-6) PHYS 101, 102 8
Physics A (2450): AS 1451 (1-3) none 0
Physics B (2455): AL 2456 (1-6) PHYS 101 4
Physics B (2455): AS 1456 (1-3) none 0
pre-2010 AL PHYS 101, 102 8
pre-2009 AS none 0
Cameroon
2009 to present

AL Physics 780
assessed August 2013

PHYS 101+102 8
CIE (Cambridge)
2010-2012 Pre-U Principal: 9792 PHYS 131, 142 8
AL PHYS 131, 142 8
AS PHYS 101 4
CXC 
2005 - CAPE Unit 1 PHYS 101 4
2005 - CAPE Unit 2 PHYS 102 4
 EDEXCEL/PEARSON
2010 - AL 9PH01 (6PH 01-6)
or AL 9PH07 (6PH 01,2,4,5,+7+8)
PHYS 131, 142 8
2009 - AS 8PH01 (6PH 01-3) or
AS 8PH07 (6PH 01, 2+7)
PHYS 101 4
pre-2010 AL PHYS 131, 142 8
pre-2009 AS none 0
HKEAA HKALE~ PHYS 131, 142 8
AS none 0
OCR
AL PHYS 101, 102 8
2009 - AS PHYS 101 (missing Optics) 4
pre-2009 AS PHYS 101 (missing Optics) 4
Singapore
2010 - H2 9646 PHYS 101, 102 8
2007 - H1 8866 none 0
2007-2010 H2 9745 PHYS 101, 102 8
2005-2009 9246 PHYS 101, 102 8
2005-2009 9246 + Optional Math Paper (Paper O) PHYS 131, 142 8
Pre-2005 AL 9245 or 9248 PHYS 101, 102 8
Tanzania
AL PHYS 101, 102 8
UNEB (Uganda)
2008-2013 Principal Subject: P 510 Physics PHYS 101 + 102 8
WJEC
2009 - AS none 0
2010 - AL PHYS 101 + 102 8