Credit by Exam

Many students come to the CSU with some college-level learning already finished. Some of that college-level learning may not appear on your community college transcript but may be eligible for college credit. The CSU recognizes the following three nationally administered testing programs:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
    These are high school or self-study courses with college-level curricula culminating in a comprehensive qualifying exam administered by the College Board. Your score on the AP exam may be eligible for transfer credit.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    IB is a comprehensive curriculum that requires students to demonstrate knowledge and skills through both in-class and outside assessments in six academic areas for 11th and 12th grade students. The IB program is similar to the Advanced Placement (AP), resulting in a comprehensive subject specific examination. Your qualifying score on the IB exam may be eligible for transfer credit.
  • The College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    This series of subject-specific tests provide college credit based on qualifying scores. The CLEP examinations measure learning you have acquired through independent study, prior coursework or on the job.  The CLEP examinations are recommended for students whose military or employment history may have provided college-level educational experiences that do not appear on a transcript.

If you have taken one of these tests, or plan to take one of these tests, consult with your transfer center counselor or CSU admission counselor on how to apply for transfer credit.