Credit by Examination

Students may receive credit for an ASU course by taking an examination in place of the actual course. Some exams can be taken prior to admission to ASU. Information is provided below for each type of exam, the courses that are equivalent and other conditions that may apply to credit being awarded .

  • A student may earn no more than 60 hours of credit by examination for any or all programs, including ASU comprehensive and proficiency exams.
  • Credit will not be awarded for any course in which the student has been given credit from any educational institution.
  • Credit will not be granted for a course taken at an educational institution after credit by examination has been awarded.
    Exception: Students who take the advanced placement exams, however, may choose either to have the credit earned by advanced placement kept in their cumulative university hours, or to complete the ASU course and have the credit and grade instead, regardless of in which order the test or course are taken. (See the advanced placement section, below, for additional details on the exam and its equivalent scores.)
  • Credit may not be received for a lower-level or prerequisite course when credit has already been received in a higher-level course within the same field.
  • Only credit earned by comprehensive examination will count toward the resident credit requirement for graduation.
  • Credit by exam is awarded based on the date the exam was taken. Students who take the exam during the current catalog year (August 2015 – July 2016) will earn credit based on the credit equivalency found in the current catalog. If the test was taken in a prior academic year, please refer to the catalog for that year or search the Transfer Credit Guide for more information.

College-level Examination Program (CLEP) can be taken before or during enrollment at ASU.
Advanced Placement (AP) is taken during secondary school or before enrollment at ASU.
DANTES or DSST(Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support Subject Standardized Test) is taken by military or approved government personnel before or during enrollment at ASU.
International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma/certificate is earned by students of an International Baccalaureate®-approved school before enrollment at ASU.
Cambridge International Exam is taken by students who have completed a Cambridge course in their secondary school.
Comprehensive examinations can be taken by current ASU students.
Proficiency examinations can be taken by current ASU students.

For information about placement testing for mathematics and English classes prior to orientation, please refer to the placement and testing requirements in the ASU Catalog.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students who have taken a College-Level Examination of the College Entrance Examination Board may receive university credit. The table of CLEP credit applies to all students enrolled in the university for the first time in August 1975 and any student enrolling thereafter. CLEP examination credit is not given where it duplicates credit previously earned by the student at the university or accepted by the university for work done elsewhere. All examinations are given monthly by University Testing and Scanning Services.

The General Studies requirement in natural science (SQ and SG) and literacy and critical inquiry (L) are not satisfied by CLEP. There is no limit to the number of CLEP credits that can be used to fulfill the other parts of the General Studies requirement. A student who has received ASU credit for a course due to Special Programs credit may not duplicate the credit by enrolling in the same class for credit at ASU or transferring it to another institution.

Subject Examinations

To obtain credit or placement for all subject exams except English, French, German, and Spanish, a student must receive a score of 50 (Computer Based Testing [CBT] scale) or higher. To obtain credit for College Composition, a student must receive a standard score of 610 (1978 scale), 500 (1986 scale), or 50 (CBT scale). For test scores for French, German, and Spanish, see the CLEP credit table, below.

All equivalency is subject to future review and possible catalog change. For more information, contact University Testing and Scanning Services at 480-965-7146, or visit 1130 E. University Dr., Suite 204, Tempe, AZ.

CLEP Credit (click to expand)

 

Examination

Semester Hours

Equivalency

 

American Government

3

POS 110

American Literature

3

Elective credit

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

3

Elective credit

Biology

8

BIO 181, 182

Calculus

3

4

MAT 265

MAT 270

Chemistry

4

CHM 113 (Students must score 50 or higher.)

College Algebra

3

MAT 117

College Composition

3

Placement into ENG 105 and Elective credit (3). ENG 101 (3) for students who already have credit for ENG 102. (Students must score 50 or higher.)

College Composition - Modular

0

No Credit

College Mathematics

3

MAT 142

English Literature

3

Elective credit

Financial Accounting

6

Elective credit

French Language

4

8

12

16

FRE 101 (Students must score 50–54.)

FRE 101, 102 (Students must score 55–61.)

FRE 101, 102, 201 (Students must score 62–65.)

FRE 101, 102, 201, 202 (Students must score 66 or higher.)

German Language

4

8

12

16

GER 101 (Students must score 39–45.)

GER 101, 102 (Students must score 46–50.)

GER 101, 102, 201 (Students must score 51–59.)

GER 101, 102, 201, 202 (Students must score 60 or higher.)

History of the United States I—Early Colonization to 1877

3

HST 109

History of the United States II—1865 to the Present

3

HST 110

Human Growth and Development

3

CDE 232

Humanities

0

No credit

Information Systems and Computer Applications

0

No credit

Introduction to Educational Psychology

0

No credit

Introductory Business Law

3

Elective credit

Introductory Psychology

3

PGS 101 or PSY 101

Introductory Sociology

3

SOC 101

Natural Sciences

6

Elective credit (Students must score 56 or higher.)

Precalculus (replaces College Algebra/Trigonometry)

3

MAT 170

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECN 211

Principles of Management

0

No credit

Principles of Marketing

0

No credit

Principles of Microeconomics

3

ECN 212

Social Sciences and History

6

Elective credit

Spanish Language

4

8

12

16

SPA 101 (Students must score 50–54.)

SPA 101, 102 (Students must score 55–65.)

SPA 101, 102, 201 (Students must score 66–67.)

SPA 101, 102, 201, 202 (Students must score 68 or higher.)

Western Civilization I—Ancient Near East to 1648

3

HST 102 or 103

Western Civilization II—1648 to the Present

3

HST 104

 
 

Advanced Placement

Students who have taken an advanced placement course of the College Entrance Examination Board in their secondary school and who have taken an AP examination of the CEEB may receive university credit. No credit is given for any examination with a score of two or one. There is no limit to the number of AP credits that can be used to meet the General Studies requirement, including the requirements in natural sciences (SQ and SG) and literacy and critical inquiry (L).

When the scores are received by the university directly from the CEEB, credit is awarded as shown in the Advanced Placement Credit table below.

Advanced Placement Credit (click to expand)

 

Examination

Score

Semester Hours

Equivalency

 

Art—History

5 or 4

3

6

3

ARS 101, 102

ARS 101 or 102

Biology

5 or 4

3

8

4

BIO 181, 182

BIO 100

Calculus AB

5, 4, or 3

4

MAT 270

Calculus BC

5 or 4

3

8

4

MAT 270, 271

MAT 270

Chemistry

5

4

8

4

CHM 113, 116

CHM 113

Chinese Language and Literature

5

4

3

20

15

10

CHI 101, 102, 201, 202

CHI 101, 102, 201

CHI 101, 102

Comparative Government and Politics

5 or 4

3

POS 150

Computer Science A

5 or 4

3

CSE 110

Computer Science AB

5 or 4

6

CSE 110, 205

English Language & Composition

5 or 4

3

Placement into ENG 105 and Elective credit (3). ENG 101 (3) for students who already have credit for ENG 102.

English Literature & Composition

5 or 4

3

Placement into ENG 105 and Elective credit (3). ENG 101 (3) for students who already have credit for ENG 102.

Environmental Science

5 or 4

3

SOS 110

European History

5 or 4

6

HST 103 and 104

French Language and Culture

5

4

3

14

11

8

FRE 201, 202, 311, 312

FRE 201, 202, 311

FRE 201, 202

German Language and Culture

5

4

3

14

11

8

GER 201, 202, 311, 312

GER 201, 202, 311

GER 201, 202

Human Geography

5 or 4

3

GCU 102

Japanese Language and Culture

5

4

3

20

15

10

JPN 101, 102, 201, 202

JPN 101, 102, 201

JPN 101, 102

Latin: Vergil

5

4

3

16

12

0

LAT 101, 102, 201, 202

LAT 101, 102, 201

No Credit

Macroeconomics

5 or 4

3

ECN 211

Microeconomics

5 or 4

3

ECN 212

Music Theory

5 or 4

3

MTC 125

Physics – AP 1 Mechanics

5 or 4

4

PHY 111, 113

Physics – AP 2 Electricity and Magnetism

5 or 4

4

PHY 112, 114

Psychology

5 or 4

3

PGS 101 or PSY 101

Spanish—Language

5

4

3

11

8

0

SPA 201, SPA 202 and SPA 313

SPA 201 and SPA 202

No Credit

Spanish—Literature

5

4

3

15

12

8

SPA 111, 201, 202, 325

SPA 111, 201, 202

SPA 201, 202

Statistics

5, 4, or 3

3

STP 226

Studio Art: Drawing

5 or 4

3

ART 111

Studio Art: 2-D Design

5 or 4

3

ART 112

Studio Art: 3-D Design

5 or 4

3

ART 115

U.S. Government and Politics

5 or 4

3

POS 110

U.S. History

5 or 4

6

HST 109 and 110

World History

5 or 4

3

HST 101

 

DANTES/DSST

Students who have taken a DSST (DANTES [Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support] Subject Standardized Test) may receive university credit. Credit is awarded for score results at or above the American Council on Education’s recommended score if the subject examination is applicable to a program of study at ASU or may be assigned elective credit. To receive credit, a transcript showing the DSST results must be received by ASU directly from the Educational Testing Service.

Dantes/DSST (click to expand)

 

DSST Exam

ASU Credit

Score

Semester Hours

 

A History of the Vietnam War

No credit

   

An Introduction to the Modern Middle East

Elective credit

400

3

Art of the Western World

ARS 101 or 102

400

3

Astronomy

No credit

   

Business Ethics and Society

No credit

   

Business Mathematics

Elective credit

400

3

Criminal Justice

CRJ 100

400

3

Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet

Elective credit

400

3

Ethics in America

Elective credit

400

3

Foundations of Education

Elective credit

400

3

Fundamentals of College Algebra

MAT 117

400

3

Fundamentals of Counseling

Elective credit

400

3

General Anthropology

No credit

   

Here's to Your Health

No credit

   

Human Resource Management

No credit

   

Human/Cultural Geography

GCU 102

400

3

Introduction to Business

Elective credit

400

3

Introduction to Computing

Elective credit

400

3

Introduction to Law Enforcement

CRJ 230

400

3

Introduction to World Religions

No credit

   

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Elective credit

400

 3

Management Information Systems

Elective credit

400

3

Money and Banking

No credit

   

Organizational Behavior

Elective credit

400

3

Personal Finance

Elective credit

400

3

Physical Geology

No Credit

   

Principles of Finance

No Credit

   

Principles of Physical Science I

Elective credit

400

3

Principles of Public Speaking

Elective credit

400

3

Principles of Statistics

STP 226

400

3

Principles of Supervision

Elective credit

400

3

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

Elective credit

400

3

Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse)

No credit

   

Technical Writing

Elective credit

400

3

The Civil War and Reconstruction

Elective credit

400

3

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma/certificate

Students who present an International Baccalaureate diploma/certificate may qualify for university credit, depending on the level of the examination and the grade received. Arizona State University grants credit for higher-level courses only. A grade of five qualifies the student to receive credit for up to two introductory courses while a grade of four qualifies a student to receive credit for one introductory course. No credit is awarded for English as a second language (English B). Credit is awarded according to the International Baccalaureate diploma/certificate credit table below.

International Baccalaureate Diploma/Certificate Credit (click to expand)

 

Examination*

Score

Semester Hours

Equivalency

 

Art/Design

7, 6 or 5

4

6

3

ART 111, 112

ART 112

Biology

7, 6 or 5

4

8

4

BIO 181, 182

BIO 100

Business and Management

7, 6 or 5

4

3

0

Elective (3)

No Credit

Chemistry

7, 6 or 5

4

8

4

CHM 113, 116

CHM 113

Classical Languages (Latin)

7, 6 or 5

4

8

4

LAT 101, 102

LAT 101

Economics

7, 6 or 5

6

ECN 211, 212

English A

7, 6 or 5

4

6

3

ENG 101, 214

ENG 214

English B

No credit

0

None

Geography

7, 6, 5 or 4

3

GCU 102

History—American

7, 6 or 5

4

6

3

HST 109, 110

HST 109

History—East and Southeast and Oceania

7, 6 or 5

4

6

3

HST 107, 240

HST 107

History—European

7, 6 or 5

4

6

3

HST 103, 104

HST 103

Mathematics

7, 6 or 5

4

4

0

MAT 270

No Credit

Music

7, 6 5, or 4

3

MTC 125

Modern Languages: Chinese

7

6

5

15

10

5

CHI 102, 201, 202

CHI 102, 201

CHI 102

Modern Languages: French

7, 6 or 5

4

8

8

FRE 201, 202

FRE 101, 102

Modern Languages: German

7, 6 or 5

4

8

8

GER 201, 202

GER 101, 102

Modern Languages: Japanese

7

6

5

16

15

10

JPN 201 and JPN 202, JPN 301 and JPN 302

JPN 102, 201, 202

JPN 102, 201

Modern Languages: Spanish

7, 6 or 5

4

8

8

SPA 201, 202

SPA 101, 102

Philosophy

5 or 4

0

No Credit

Physics

7, 6

5

8

4

PHY 111, 112, 113, 114

PHY 111, 113

Psychology

7, 6, 5

3

PGS 101 or PSY 101

Social and Cultural Anthropology

7, 6, 5 or 4

3

ASB 102

Theatre

7, 6, 5 or 4

3

THE 100

Visual Arts

7, 6 or 5

4

6

3

ART 111, 112

ART 112

 

* No credit is awarded if the language is the student’s native language.

Cambridge International Exam

Students who have completed a Cambridge course in their secondary school and who have taken a Cambridge International AS or A level examination may receive university credit. When the scores are received by the university, credit is awarded as shown in the Cambridge International Exam table below.

Cambridge International Exam (click to expand)

 

Examination

Score

Semester Hours

Equivalency

 

Accounting AS-Level

Accounting A-Level

E or better

E or better

3

6

Elective

Elective

Art and Design AS-Level*

Art and Design A-Level*

E or better

E or better

3

6

ART 194

ART 194

Biology AS-Level

Biology A-Level

D or better

D or better

4

8

BIO 100

BIO 181 and 182

Business Studies AS-Level

Business Studies A-Level

E or better

E or better

3

6

Elective

Elective

Chemistry AS-Level

Chemistry A-Level

D or better

D or better

4

8

CHM 101

CHM 101 and CHM 113

Chinese AS-Level

Chinese A-Level

C or better

C or better

5

10

CHI 101, CHI 102 and CHI 201

CHI 101, CHI 102, CHI 201 and CHI 202

Design and Technology AS-Level

Design and Technology A-Level

E or better

E or better

0

0

No credit

No credit

Economics AS-Level

Economics A-Level

E or better

D or better

0

6

No credit

ECN 211 and ECN 212

English Literature and English Language A-Level

English Literature and English Language AS-Level

E or better

E or better

6

3

Placement into ENG 105
and six elective credits

Placement into ENG 105
and three elective credits

English Language A-Level

English Language AS-Level

E or better

E or better

6

3

Placement into ENG 105
and six elective credits

Placement into ENG 105
and three elective credits

Literature in English A-Level

Literature in English AS-Level

E or better

E or better

6

3

Placement into ENG 105
and six elective credits

Placement into ENG 105
and three elective credits

Environmental Management AS-Level

D or better

4

BIO 130

Food Studies A-Level

E or better

6

NTR 110 and NTR 142

French AS-Level

French A-Level

C or better

C or better

4

8

FRE 101

FRE 101 and FRE 102

General Paper (Writing) AS-Level

E or better

3

Placement into ENG 105
and an elective

Geography AS-Level

Geography A-Level

E or better

E or better

3

6

GCU 194

GCU 194

Global Perspectives AS-Level

E or better

3

Placement into ENG 105
and an elective

History AS-Level

History A-Level

E or better

E or better

3

6

Elective credit

Elective credit

Marine Science AS-Level

Marine Science A-Level

D or better

D or better

4

8

BIO 100

BIO 100 and BIO 130

Mathematics AS-Level

Mathematics A-Level

E or better

E or better

3 to 4

3 to 4

MAT 170 or 171

MAT 170 or 171

Mathematics-Further AS-Level

Mathematics-Further A-Level

E or better

E or better

4

8

MAT 270

MAT 270 and MAT 271

Music AS-Level

Music A-Level

E or better

E or better

3

6

MUS 194

MUS 194

Physical Science AS-Level

E or better

3

Elective credit

Physics AS-Level

Physics A-Level

E or better

E or better

4

8

PHY 101

PHY 111, PHY 113,
PHY 112 and PHY 114

Psychology AS-Level

Psychology A-Level

E or better

E or better

3

6

PSY 101

PSY 101 and PSY 294

Sociology AS-Level

Sociology A-Level

E or better

E or better

3

6

SOC 101

SOC 101 and SOC 294

Spanish AS-Level

Spanish A-Level

C or better

C or better

4

8

SPA 101

SPA 101 and SPA 102

Travel and Tourism AS-Level

Travel and Tourism A-Level

E or better

E or better

3

6

TDM 205

TDM 294

*Credit awarded depends on content of course completed; see advisor once admitted.

Comprehensive Examinations

A comprehensive examination is intended to permit a student to establish academic credit in a field in which the student has gained experience or competence equivalent to an established university course. Applications are given only for courses listed in the current catalog and only for courses in which a comprehensive examination can serve as a satisfactory measure of accomplishment.

A number of restrictions apply. To be eligible to apply to take a comprehensive examination to establish undergraduate course equivalence, a student must:

  1. have earned not more than 60 semester hours of credit through comprehensive, CLEP, international baccalaureate and advanced placement examinations
  2. have earned no credit for a duplicate course
  3. have earned no credit for a course for which this course is a prerequisite

The decision on the suitability of course material for a comprehensive examination, the development of a comprehensive examination and the administration of an examination are strictly departmental functions. An application is for one course only. The student should complete an application form with the number, title and number of semester hours for the course. When completed, the application must be approved by the student’s advisor and the chair of the department responsible for offering the course.

The student must then pay the stated fee for such examinations at cashiering services. The receipt must be taken to the departmental office.

The examination is prepared by the instructor who normally conducts the course, and it is comprehensive in nature and scope. The instructor and other experts designated by the chair grade the examination, using letter grades “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “D” or “E.” If the grade is “C” or higher, a mark of “Y” is entered on the student’s permanent record; otherwise, no entry is made. Credit by examination is indicated as such on the record. The student is notified by mail of the result of the examination. In cases of failure (“D” or “E”), the student is not given an opportunity to repeat the examination.

A student pursuing a second baccalaureate degree may not receive credit by comprehensive examination, but with prior approval of the college, the student may use the examination to waive a course requirement if a grade of “C” or higher is earned.

Proficiency Examinations

Proficiency examinations and auditions are given:

  1. to waive a course requirement
  2. to validate certain transfer credits in professional programs
  3. to determine a student’s ability in a field where competence is an important consideration

Detailed information may be obtained from the dean’s office of the college in which the student is registered.