Earning a score of 3 or better on Advanced Placement exams is enough for college credit in Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Illinois streamlines AP test score requirements for college credit

High school seniors taking Advanced Placement exams this coming school year could have a better chance of earning college credit before they enter as freshmen. Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Illinois colleges and universities must provide course credit to students who score at least a 3 on an AP exam, according to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

How colleges grant credit for AP test scores has varied in the past, with some giving credit only to students who score at least a 4 on the 5-point scale, while others granted credit to students who scored as low as 2, according to the College Board, which offers the tests.

The change is designed to streamline the AP credit process across the state’s public universities, as well as make college more accessible and affordable.

“We didn’t hear any reason why there was such a hodgepodge” of AP score requirements, said state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill, who co-sponsored the bill after hearing from high school teachers in his district. “Yet we heard convincing evidence from experts from other states. Granting college credit for a 3 on an AP test actually promotes student achievement in college.”