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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
Score
UA Course
Equivalent
CreditCore
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)
4ART 110, ART 130,
ART 131, and/or
ART 210
0–61
Biology 3BSC 108 & 109 8N
Biology4BSC 114, 115, 116 & 1178N
Calculus AB3MATH 1254MA
Calculus BC3 MATH 125 and
MATH 126
8MA
Chemistry 3CH 1044N
Chemistry4CH 1014N
Chemistry5CH 101 & 1028N
Comparative
   Government
    and Politics
3PSC 2033SB
Computer
    Science A
4CS 114:1164
Computer
    Science AB
4CS 1243
Economics (Micro)42EC 1103SB
Economics (Macro)42EC 1113SB
English3
4
EN 101
EN 101 and EN 102
3
6
FC
FC
European History3HY 101 and HY 1026HI
French Language33FR 1014FL
French Literature3FR 101 and FR 1028FL
German33GN 1034FL
German34GN 103 & GN 2017FL
German35GN 103, GN 201
& GN 202
10FL
Human Geography3GY 1103SB
Latin–Virgil33LA 1013FL
Latin–Catullus–Horace3LA 1023FL
MsicNo credit
Physics B3PH 101 and PH 1028N
Physics C–
    Mechanics
3 PH 1054N
Physics C–
    Electricity/Magnetism
3PH 1064N
Psychology3PY 1013SB
Spanish Language33 SP 1014FL
Spanish Literature3 SP 101 and SP 1028FL
Statistics3ST 2603C
World History3HY 101 and 1026HI

1Decision based on review of portfolio by Department of Art.
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
Score
UA Course
Equivalent
CreditCore
Designation
Art, Studio5ART 110, ART 2103, 3
Art, General—
    portfolio
5ART 130, ART 1313, 3
Biology (SL)5BSC 114:115,
BSC 116:117
4, 4N
General Chemistry5CH 101 and CH 1028N
Computing
Studies
5CS 114, CS 1163, 1
Economics5EC 110, EC 1116SB
English5 EN 101 and EN 1026FC
Appropriate World
History Exam
(HL/SL)
5HY 1013HI
Appropriate World
History Exam
(HL/SL)
5HY 1023HI
Appropriate U.S.
History Exam
(HL/SL)
5HY 2033HI
Appropriate U.S.
History Exam
(HL/SL)
5HY 2043HI
Mathematics5MATH 115 and
MATH 125
8MA
Philosophy5PHL 1003HU
Physics5PH 105 and PH 1068N
Psychology5PY 1013SB

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Beginning July 2001, CLEP examinations changed from a pencil-and-paper (P&P) format to a computer-based (CBT) format. The content of the exams was also changed; therefore, approved exams and their UA equivalents have been modified to reflect those changes.

CLEP scores must be available before the beginning of the semester in which the student wants them to be applied. A student may not have been enrolled in a comparable course for more than 30 days. In certain instances, a student may be permitted to take one or more of the examinations after an initial semester of enrollment in college. Applicability toward a degree is determined by the school or college in which the student is registered.

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.

CBT CLEP Subject Examinations. 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 science; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history

CBT CLEP
Subject
Examination
Min.
Score
UA Course
Equivalent
Credit Core Designation
History and Social Sciences
History of the United States I:
    Early Colonizations to 1865
52HY 203 3HI
History of the United States II:
    1865 to the Present
52HY 2043HI
Human Growth & Development52HD 1013SB
Principles of Macroeconomics50EC 111 3SB
Principles of Microeconomics50EC 1103SB
Introductory Psychology54PY 1013SB
Introductory Sociology52SOC 1013SB
Western Civilization I:
    Ancient Near East to 1648
52 HY 1013HI
Western Civilization II:
    1648 to Present
52 HY 1023HI
 
Foreign Languages
French, Level 1 and Level 2
    Score of 50–55FR 101 and FR 102*8FL
    Score of 56–61FR 20111
    Score of 62–80FR 20214
 
German, Level 1 and Level 2
    Score of 50–55GN 101 and GN 102*8FL
    Score of 56–62GN 20111
    Score of 63–80GN 20214
 
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2
    Score of 48–51SP 101 and SP 102*8FL
    Score of 52–55SP 20111
    Score of 56–80SP 20214
 
Science and Mathematics
Biology57BSC 108 and 109 or
    BSC 114, BSC 115,
    BSC 116, and BSC 117
8N
Chemistry52CH 101 and CH 1028N
Calculus with Elementaryy52MATH 1254MA
 
Business
 
Information Systems and
     Computer Applications
50CS 1023
Introductory Business Law50LGS 2003

*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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