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Advanced Placement & Credit by Exam

Advanced Placement, CLEP, DANTES, PLA, IB, Departmental Exam and Advanced A-Level

Advanced Placement Program (APP)

Andrews University cooperates with the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) in this organization’s Advanced Placement Program (APP). Some secondary schools offer selected students the opportunity to accelerate learning by taking one or more subjects at the college level during their senior year. In May of each year, the CEEB gives a set of Advanced Placement (AP) examinations which cover this advanced work.  Examinations are graded on a five-point scale as follows:  1 – no recommendation; 2 – possibly qualified; 3 – qualified; 4 – well qualified; 5 – extremely well qualified.  The faculty at Andrews University voted to give credit to the extent of the corresponding course offered on this campus if the score is 3 or better.  There are exceptions as noted below.

AP Test Required Score Equivalent  Course Awarded Course Awarded Credit
    Department GE  
Art History 3,4,5 ARTH 220 Arts/Humanities 3
*+Biology 3,4,5 BIOL 165 Life Science 5
Calculus AB 3,4,5 MATH 191 Mathematics 4
Calculus BC 4,5 MATH 191 & 192 Mathematics 8
*Chemistry 3,4,5 CHEM 131 Physical Science 4
Comparative Govt.   3,4,5 PLSC 225 Social Science, A 3
Computer Science A 3,4,5 CPTR 151   4
Computer Science AB 3,4,5 CPTR 152   3
English Lang/Comp 4,5 ENGL 115 Language/Communication 3
English Lit/Comp 4,5 ENGL 115 or 255 Language/Communication 3
European History 3,4,5 HIST 118 History 3
French 4,5 FREN 171   3
German 4,5 GRMN181   3
Govt./Pol. U.S. 3,4,5 PLSC 104 Social Science, A 3
Macroeconomics 3,4,5 ECON 225 Social Science, A 3
Microeconomics 3,4,5 ECON 226   3
Physics B 4 PHYS 141 Physical Science 4
Physics B 5 PHYS 141, 142 Physical Science 8
Physics  C – E & M 4,5 PHYS 242 Physical Science 4
Physics  C – Mech. 4,5 PHYS241 Physical Science 4
Psychology                       3 PSYC101              Social Science, A 3
Spanish 4,5 SPAN 171   3
Statistics 4,5 STAT 285 STAT 285 3
US History 3 HIST 204   3
US History 4,5 HIST 204, 205 6

*Not accepted for Science Majors  +Biology majors may receive credit for BIOL 165 if they get an AP Biology score of 5. The Biology Department, however,highly recommends that majors take BIOL 165. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Andrews University realizes that students who have achieved college-level proficiency on the basis of work experience and informal study ought to receive credit for what they know, regardless of when, where, how, or from whom they learned it.  The CLEP program of the CEEB has been set up for this purpose, and Andrews University is participating in the program. Only first year in residence students – freshmen, sophomores, and juniors – may earn credits by CLEP.  It would be to the student’s advantage when planning their college program to take the test before college registration.  No credit by examination of any type may be taken during the last semester immediately preceding graduation.

Course Course Number Credits Minimum Score
Financial Accounting ACCT 121 3 50
Intro to Educational Phycology  GDPC 302 3 50
Human Growth and Development GDPC 301 3 50
American Literature  ENGL 273 3 50
English Literature  ENGL 371 or 372 3 50
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature ENGL 267 3 50
College Algebra MATH 165 3 50
Precalculus MATH 168 4 50
Calculus I MATH 191 4 50
Modern Languages      
Intermediate French FREN 275 4 62
Intermediate Spanish SPAN 275 4 66
General Biology BIOL 165 5 50 (Not for premed majors).
General Chemistry CHEM 131 4 50 (Not for premed majors). 
Social Sciences      
American Government PLSC 104 3 50
US History I HIST 204 3 50
US History II HIST 205 3 50
Intro Psychology PSYC 101 3 50
Macroeconomics ECON 225 3 50
Microeconomics ECON 226 3 50
Intro Sociology SOCI 119 3 50
Western Civilization I HIST 117 3 50
Western Civilization II  HIST 118 3 50
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs), formerly only given to military personnel are now available to the general public through Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey.  DANTES is complementary to the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).  Andrews University now accepts the following DSSTs for college credit:

Course Course Number Credits
525 Principles of Accounting ACT 121 3
500 Astronomy PHYS 110 4
550 Meteorology and Climatology GEOG 245 3
Behavioral Sciences    
494 General Anthropology ANTH 124 3

Prior Learning Assessment

PLA is validated and granted through a prescribed portfolio presentation process.  This credit-granting option is available only to students 24 years of age or older.  It is for adult learners who desire tangible recognition through academic credit for their knowledge already acquired in subject areas as a result of on-the-job training, community service activities, non-credit courses, and/or special accomplishments.  For more information, contact the Student Success Center in Nethery Hall.

International Baccalaureate

Andrews University recognizes scores from the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam as follows:

  • For general education courses, a score of 4 (Higher level) is considered for general education credit.
  • For major-level courses, a score of at least 5 (Higher Level) will be considered through review by the department for credit towards major requirements.
  • The student may be allowed to enroll in a sophomore level major-level course with the purpose of validating the IB experience.  If a grade of at least B- is obtained in the sophomore level course, credit for the freshman level major course(s) would be given.
Advanced Level Credit

Students with A-level passes may be awarded up to 10 credits for each A-level pass.  These credits may be used as applicable toward graduation requirements, including general education, major, concentration, minor, and general electives, as approved by the respective academic departments.  A list of courses that may be given may be obtained from the Articulation and Transcript Evaluation Office, Room 204, in the Administration Building.

Transfer Students

Transfer students wishing to apply CLEP or DANTES credits to their Andrews degree must have a CLEP or DANTES transcript sent to the Andrews Counseling and Testing Center for score evaluation by Andrews University standards.  A fee is charged for this evaluation (see the financial section of the Bulletin).  Credit is allowed if the student scores at or above a 50 in a CLEP Subject Examination.  Selected DANTES Subject Standardized Tests have been approved as a basis for credit at Andrews University.

Other Testing

Nationally normed tests provided by professional organizations in specific subject matter fields may be used where CLEP tests are not available.  In fields in which no nationally normed tests exist, departmentally constructed tests may be used.  A fee will be assessed by the academic department.

  • Regardless of the method, the maximum amount of credit which may be applied to a baccalaureate degree is 32 semester credits from the areas listed except Advanced Level Credit.  
  • Credit by examination is never regarded the same as credit taken in residence.  No type of credit by examination may be used to replace failures or other low grades received at Andrews University.
  • Math CLEP: Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE) must have been taken within last two years.  The following MPE scores are required in order to take the CLEP: College Algebra, P4 or P5; Precalculus, P5; Calculus, P5 and a score of 35 out of 40 in the algebra/Precalculus sections.
  • NO credit will be granted for Freshman/English Composition and Computer Tools by CLEP.
  • This booklet replaces all previous booklets and publications.  It is an official supplement to the bulletin.
  • Costs: Please see the financial information section of the Academic Bulletin.


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