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CREDIT FOR EXAMINATION PERFORMANCE AND EXPERIENCE

Credit by examination and credit for several types of out-of-class experiences are recognized by The University of Alabama. The maximum credit obtainable through all programs by placement is 45 semester hours, including, but not limited to, Advanced Placement (AP); College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General and Subject Examinations; placement in English; placement/performance in foreign languages; credit for prior military service; United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI); and Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) credit. Applicants must have their test scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate testing agency. No credit is awarded for performance on the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). See the following tables for specific information on AP and CLEP credit.

Transfer of credit by exam. All credit by exam presented by transfer students will be evaluated using the same standards that apply to students enrolled at this University. All transfer students who wish to transfer credit by exam must submit official scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation before the credit may be awarded.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social and behavioral sciences; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FC=freshman composition; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history; FA=fine arts

ExaminationMinimum ScoreUA Course EquivalentCreditCore Designation
American History3HY 203 and HY 2046HI
American Gov.
and Politics
3PSC 1013SB
Art History3
4
ARH 252,
ARH 252 and
ARH 253
3
6
FA
FA
Art, Studio
(General or Drawing Portfolios)
4 ART 110, ART 130,
ART 131, and/or
210
0–6¹
Biology3 BSC 108 and 109 8 N
Biology 4 BSC 114, 115, 116 and 117 8 N
Calculus AB3 MATH 125 4 MA
Calculus AC3 MATH 125 and MATH 126 8 MA
Chemistry 3 CH 104 4 N
Chemistry 4 CH 101 4 N
Chemistry 5 CH 101 and 102 8 N
Comparative Government and Politics 3 PSC 203 3
Computer Science A 3 CS 150:160:250 5
Computer Science AB 4 CS 260 3
Economics (Micro) EC 110 3 SB
Economics (Macro) EC 111 3 SB
English 3
4
EN 101
EN 101 and EN 102
3
6
FC
FC
European History 3 HY 101 and HY 102 6 HI
French Language³ 3 FR 101 4 FL/HU
French Literature 3 FR 101 and FR 102 8 FL/HU
German³ 3 GN 103 4 FL/HU
German³ 4 GN 103 and GN 201 8 FL/HU
German³ 5 GN 103, GN 201 and GN 202 10 FL/HU
Human Geography 3 GY 110 3 SB
Latin–Catullus–Horace 3 LA 102 3 FL/HU
Music   No credit  
Physics B 3 PH 101 and PH 102 8 N
Physics C – Mechanics 3 PH 105 4 N
Physics C – Electricity/Magnetism 3 PH 106 4 N
Psychology 3 PY 101 3 SB
Spanish Language³ 3 SP 101 4 FL/HU
Spanish Literature 3 SP 101 and SP 102 8 FL/HU
Statistics 3 ST 260 3 C
World History 3 HY 101 and 102 6 HI
¹Decision based on review of portfolio by Department of Art and Art History.
²Students scoring 3 must successfully complete the appropriate intermediate economics course (EC 308, EC 309) in order to receive credit for EC 110 and/or EC 111.
³Students may not receive credit for AP courses and placement credit for language study in high school.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The University of Alabama recognizes International Baccalaureate credit with a grade of 5, 6, or 7 on the higher-level examinations (HL). Credit will be awarded on a course-by-course basis as approved by the department [some departments will award credit based on the subsidiary examination (SL)]. A list of approved courses and the required IB exam grade follows. The maximum credit obtainable by examination through all programs is 45 semester hours.

Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social and behavioral sciences; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FC=freshman composition; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history

ExaminationMinimum ScoreUA Course EquivalentCreditCore Designation
Art, Studio 5 ART 110, ART 210 3, 3
Art, General—portfolio 5 ART 130, ART 131 3, 3

Biology (SL) 5 BSC 114:115,
BSC 116:117
4, 4 N
General Chemistry 5 CH 101 and CH 102 8 N
Computing Studies 5 CS 150, CS 160 2, 1
Economics 5 EC 110, EC 111 6 SB
English 5 EN 101 and EN 102 6 FC
Appropriate World History Exam (HL/SL) 5 HY 101 3 HI
Appropriate World History Exam (HL/SL) 5 HY 102 3 HI
Appropriate U.S. History Exam (HL/SL) 5 HY 203 3 HI
Appropriate U.S. History Exam (HL/SL) 5 HY 204 3 HI
Mathematics 5 MATH 115 and MATH 125 7 MA
Philosophy 5 PHL 100 3 HU
Physics 5 PH 105 and PH 106 3 N
Psychology 5 PY 101 3 SB

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The University welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds and learning experiences. Many students come to our institution with a firm grounding in a particular discipline. We recognize their prior learning by accepting a full range of College-Level Examination Programs® (CLEP®) exams, which measure mastery of college-level, introductory course content.

The University recognizes CLEP examinations taken at any national CLEP test center. Examinations are administered on campus at Testing Services, 205 Student Services Center, (205) 348-6760. To schedule an exam, go to testing.ua.edu.

All divisions of the University may grant credit for CLEP Subject Examinations in lieu of enrollment in an equivalent course, provided that such credit is applicable to the degree program in which the student is enrolled. Students may take CBT CLEP Subject Examinations at any time during their college careers, provided they have not been enrolled in the equivalent courses for more than 30 days. Credit may not be received for both the subject examination and its equivalent (either another examination or a course taken for credit). Approved CBT subject examinations and their UA course equivalents appear in the table below.

Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social sciences; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history

CBT CLEP Subject Examination Min. Score UA Course EquivalentCreditCore Designation
History and Social Sciences
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 52 HY 203 3

HI

History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 52 HY 204 3 HI
Human Growth & Development 52 HD 101 3 SB
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 EC 111 3 SB
Principles of Microeconomics 50 EC 110 3 SB
Introductory Psychology 54 PY 101 3 SB
Introductory Sociology 52 SOC 101 3 SB
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 52 HY 101 3 HI
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 52 HY 102 3 HI
Foreign Languages
French, Level 1 and Level 2
Score of 50-55 FR 101 and FR 102* 8 FL/HU
Score of 56-61 FR 201 11
Score of 62-80 FR 202 14
German, Level 1 and Level 2
Score of 50-55 GN 101 and GN 102* 8 FL/HU
Score of 56-62 GN 201 11
Score of 63-80 GN 202 14
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2
Score of 48-51 SP 101 and SP 102* 8 FL/HU
Score of 52-55 SP 201 11
Score of 56-80 SP 202 14
Science and Mathematics
Biology 57 BSC 108 and 109 or
BSC 114, BSC 115,
BSC 116, and BSC 117
8 N
Chemistry 52 CH 101 and CH 102 8 N
Calculus with Elementary Functions 52 MATH 125 4 MA
Business
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 CS 102 3
Introductory Business Law 50 LGS 200 3
*FR 101/102, GN 101/102, and SP 101/102 must be considered as units. No credit is given for FR 101, GN 101, or SP 101 alone, or for scores less than those listed above.

Transfer Credit for Service Experiences

A variety of educational opportunities available through formal military service, school training programs and off-duty educational activities are recognized as sources of college credit. Academic divisions of The University of Alabama may accept such credit for transfer, subject to any restrictions established by each division.

The United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI), the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) and other agencies report activities that may provide college credit. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (American Council on Education) is an additional guide to determining whether a service-related activity may provide college credit.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students enrolled in the External Degree Program of New College in the College of Arts and Sciences may be eligible for a limited amount of credit for prior learning.

Foreign Language Credit

Students may receive credit or higher placement for prior foreign language experience. Detailed explanations are available from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

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