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Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI

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 4,5 BIOL 165 Life Science 5
Calculus AB 4,5 MATH 191 Mathematics 4
Calculus BC 4,5 MATH 191 & 192 Mathematics 8
*Chemistry 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                       3,4,5 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
World History 3,4,5 HIST 117 3
Human Geography 3,4,5 GEOG 110 3

*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 62
General Chemistry CHEM 131 4 62
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).  Visit the School of Distance Education to see a list of courses accepted by Andrews University along with their course equivalents.

International Collegiate Programs

The following apply to transfer credit from schools outside of the United States.

i. Evaluation of Transfer Credit
Transfer credits from schools outside of the United States are evaluated according to American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) recommendations. Students are required to submit official transcript in the original language accompanied by an authorized translation.

ii. Advanced Credit
Forms of education beyond the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary school in the United States may be awarded advanced credit. For example, 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.

European Advanced Standing. Andrews University may grant varying amounts of advanced standing credits (0 to 32 semester credits) in general education only, to students graduating from select European gymnasiums. Students must submit official transcripts in the native language accompanied by official English translations to Undergraduate Enrollment Management.

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

  • A score of 4 (Higher Level) or better will be accepted for general education credits.
  • A score of 5 (Higher Level) or better 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 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) will be given.

Credit For Prior Learning

Andrews University provides opportunities for prior learning by following the methods listed below. This applies only to matriculated students in good and regular standing. The maximum amount of credit for any combination of prior learning assessments to be applied to a degree program will be 30% of the total credit requirements to the degree program.

Advanced Placement Exams. Some secondary schools offer selected students the opportunity to accelerate learning by taking subjects at the college level during their junior and senior years. Credits for this advanced work, given certain minimum scores are earned, may be applied toward graduation requirements, including general education, major, concentration, minor, and general electives.

Two options are currently recognized by Andrews University. Additional options may be reviewed by the Undergraduate Articulation Committee.
AP College Board. Andrews awards college credit for AP Math, Science and English exams scores of 4 or 5. Credit may be awarded for any other AP exams with a score of 3 or higher.
Cambridge Pre-U. Andrews awards college credit for Cambridge Pre-U subject exams. Grades of M3 or higher are required for math, science and language course credits. Credit may be awarded for grades of P1 or higher in all other subject exams.

Standardized Exams. Some students have achieved college-level proficiency on the basis of work experience or informal study. Andrews University provides recognition for such learning through two types of credit-by-examination procedures: (1) recognized standardized tests such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST), or Excelsior College (UExcel/ECE) and (2) through examinations administered and/or prepared by an academic department within the university.
No credit by examination may be taken in the last 12 credits preceding graduation. 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.

i. CLEP – College Level Examination Program
Andrews awards course credit for CLEP scores of 62 or higher in science and language subject examination; and scores of 50 or higher in all other subject examinations. Transcripts should be sent to Undergraduate Admissions if exams are taken at any CLEP testing center other than the Andrews Counseling and Testing Center. CLEP exams administered at the AU Testing Center will count towards residency requirements.

ii. DSST – DANTES Subject Standardized Test
Andrews awards credit for DSST scores of 62 or higher in science and language subject exams; and scores of 50 or higher in all other subjects. Exams may be taken through any DSST testing center. Original transcripts should be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions. Visit the School of Distance Education website for a complete list of all exams and AU equivalents.

iii. UEXCEL/ECE – Excelsior College
Andrews awards credit for scores of B or higher on all UEXCEL/ECE language, and science exams; scores of C or higher will be accepted in all other subjects. Exams may be taken through any UEXCEL testing center. Original transcripts should be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions.

Departmentally Administered Assessments. A limited amount of credit may be earned through challenge or performance examinations within the individual departments of the University. These assessments of learning may be departmentally constructed written, oral or skill assessments, or nationally formed professional examinations administered by the individual departments. For further information, contact the dean of the respective school. You can also visit the School of Distance Education website for more information.

Validation or Proficiency Assessments. Special assessments may also be taken for reasons other than earning credit. Certain published curricular or degree requirements may be waived, or transfer credits from an unaccredited college or training program may be validated through special examinations. For further information, contact the dean of the respective school.

National Evaluations for Non-collegiate Programs. Andrews University may recognize college-level learning through professional development and training which led to certification or testing recognized by entities such as the American Council on Education (ACE) or the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Original transcripts should be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions.

Prior Learning Credit through Portfolio Assessment. Credit for prior learning assessment through portfolio is validated and granted through a prescribed portfolio presentation process through Andrews University or through CAEL. This credit-granting option is available only to student 24 years of age or older, who have completed a minimum of 12 credits through Andrews University in the past five years. It is for adult learners who desire tangible recognition through academic credit for learning in designated course subject areas as a result of on-the-job training, community/ministry service activities, non-credit courses, and/or special accomplishments. Please visit the School of Distance Education website for more informtation about Pror Learning Assessment (PLA).

Credit for Off-Campus Study/Experience - After Admission to AU

In keeping with the Andrews mission statement, many opportunities are available for students to engage in changing the world during their degree program. Academic credit is available for some of these experiential learning commitments.

Adventist Colleges Abroad Studies. Andrews University co-sponsors Adventist Colleges Abroad, a program in which qualified students study overseas while completing requirements for graduation at Andrews. This language and cultural immersion is available in eight locations: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Singapore, and Spain.

Andrews degree-seeking students earn Andrews University credit for courses listed in the current Andrews bulletin which are available on ACA campuses. Working with both Andrews and ACA advisors, students may be able to transfer additional credits offered by the ACA college which are not listed in the Andrews bulletin. More information is available at or

Educational Tours.Tours enrich required classes.

Internships/Practicum/Externships/OPT. Work opportunities may be offered for professional programs that require an internship for degree completion. They contribute to preparation to obtain a license. Externships may be arranged through departmental connections for new graduates. No grade is assigned.

Student missions. Students may volunteer to serve in another culture or state, breaking their full-time study for one or more semesters. In addition to co-curricular mission-preparation, students may arrange to complete one or more courses through distance learning or independent study at special tuition rates. Students may wish to discuss options with their academic advisor to maximize the global learning during this mission experience.

Transient credit. Students may take and transfer credit from another college or university after being admitted to an Andrews degree program. A transient form should be completed prior to taking courses elsewhere to ensure credits meet degree requirements.

Transferring Correspondence Courses from Another Institution. A maximum of 16 semester credits by correspondence, other than credits taken through Andrews School of Distance Education, is accepted toward a baccalaureate degree. However, correspondence credit may be applied on a major or a minor only with the approval of the department chair. Normally, students do not take correspondence courses while in residence. They may be allowed to do so because of a schedule conflict. Permission must be obtained in writing from the dean of the school in which the credit is to be accepted. Correspondence work is counted as part of the regular college load. Courses should be completed within six months from the time of enrollment.

Only 6 transfer credits, including correspondence credits, may be applied toward the last 36 semester credits of a baccalaureate degree. Correspondence courses cannot be used to replace failures or other low grades earned in residence. All transcripts for correspondence work must be in the Office of Academic Records at least 15 days prior to commencement weekend.

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