The University's credit by examination program is designed to recognize superior learning experiences and translate that experience into college credit. It helps students gain recognition for what they know and can do irrespective of how, where, and when the knowledge was obtained. Credit may be earned through any one of five programs.
USI will grant credit for eligible Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Download information regarding AP exams, the minimum score required to receive credit at USI, and the courses/credit hours to be awarded. An official score report must be submitted directly from The College Board to USI.
USI will grant credit for eligible CLEP examinations. Download information regarding CLEP exam subjects, the minimum score required to receive credit at USI, and the courses/credit hours to be awarded. An official score report must be submitted directly from The College Board to USI.
USI will grant credit for eligible International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) coursework. Download information regarding IB exams, the minimum score required to receive credit at USI, and the courses/credit hours to be awarded. An official transcript must be submitted directly from IB to USI.
There are several departmental exams through which students can be awarded credit, provided the student demonstrates a level of proficiency satisfactory to the department involved. In order to be eligible for a departmental exam, the student must be in good standing and regularly enrolled at the University as a degree candidate. A department may adopt either a standardized examination available to the department from outside the University or may develop the appropriate exam for the subject area. Departmental exams may be written, oral, or both. A fee of $25 is required in advance of taking each examination. No refund is given if the student fails to qualify for credit. For further information about departmental examinations, contact the department involved.
To earn world languages departmental credit if advanced placement is recommended, students must earn a grade of "B" or better in the USI world language course into which they have been placed (ARAB, CHIN, FREN, GERM, JPN, LATN, or SPAN). After completing the course with a "B" or better, the student must visit the World Languages and Cultures department to initiate the Departmental Exam Credit form. A flat fee of $25 is required.
Students who are a native (or near native) speaker of a language other than English and were educated outside the U.S. where the main language of instruction was not English are not eligible to earn Departmental Exam Credit for courses in their native language. Students who have questions about the applicability of credit earned by departmental exam should speak with their academic advisor before completing the departmental exam credit form.
Additional Policies Concerning Credit by Examination
- Anyone may take examinations for credit; however, only a currently or previously enrolled student of USI may apply granted credit toward a degree.
- A student may not establish credit for auditing purposes; similarly, the student may not take a course for credit if the student has established credit by examination for that course.
- A student may not establish credit by examination for any course in which the student is currently enrolled.
- A student is eligible to receive credit by examination for a lower-level course while the student is enrolled in an advanced course until that semester's official mid-term date, at which time the student becomes ineligible to establish credit by examination for the lower-level course if the student successfully completes the advanced course. A lower-level course can be either a prerequisite for the advanced course or a course whose content overlaps that of the upper-level course.
- The credit by examination program is designed expressly for the student who intends to earn a degree at USI. The decision on whether the exam credit is transferable remains with the institution to which the student may intend to transfer.
- Upon successful completion of any examination, the student will be offered credit for the equivalent course(s). A letter grade will not be assigned; therefore, the credit will not affect the student's grade point average.
- After credit is granted to a student through any one of the credit by examination programs, there is no additional charge to the student. Earned credit is recorded automatically on the student's transcript.
- A request for an exception to the current policy may be made to the department chair responsible for the discipline covered by the exam. Such a request must be reviewed by the dean of the college and the Provost's Office.
- A maximum of 90 semester hours earned by examination may apply toward a student's baccalaureate degree, and a maximum of 42 semester hours earned by examination may apply toward the student's associate degree. For detailed information concerning the credit by examination program, contact the department of your major.