Credit by Exam

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AP (Advanced Placement)
IB (International Baccalaureate)
A-levels (British Advanced-Level)
CLEP
French Baccalauréat
German Abitur
Caribbean CAPE
Italian Maturita

Articulation information is reviewed annually by the academic units and is posted by March 1. The test articulation information provided below applies to students entering American University for academic years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

Admitted students should contact their academic advisor for help understanding how credits earned by examination fit with their overall degree program.

Special Note on University Requirements and General Education Requirements:

All undergraduate students must complete the College Writing requirement, which normally consists of a two-course sequence, for a total of 6 credits. Students who score 4 or 5 on the AP English Language exam, or a 5 or higher on the IB Higher Level English Exam, receive 3 credits toward the College Writing requirement. The remaining 3 credits are fulfilled through LIT-106 College Writing - Intensive or LIT-132 Honors English - Intensive (for students in the University Honors Program).

 

More information on the College Writing and Mathematics requirements.

Finally, students whose exam scores articulate as credit for one or more courses in the General Education Program may apply up to four credit-by-exam courses to their General Education requirement. Additional courses may still be applied toward the major or minor, or as elective credit.

More information on the General Education Program.


AP (Advanced Placement) Equivalencies

  • All AP exams meeting the minimum score requirement are eligible to receive between 3-10 credits at faculty discretion.
  • Overall credits cannot exceed 30. In this case, less credit may be awarded for a particular exam after consulting with student's academic advisor.

 

AP Exam AU Course 1 Credits AU Course 2 Credits Min. Score
Art: 2-D Design ARTS-1XX 3 N/A N/A 4
Art: 3-D Design ARTS-215 3 N/A N/A 4
Art: Drawing ARTS-205 3 N/A N/A 4
Art History ARTH-105 3 ARTH-1XX 3 4
Biology BIO-110 4 BIO-210 4 4
Calculus AB Math-Comp
0
Math-221 4 4
Calculus BC MATH-Comp
MATH-221

0
4

MATH-222 4 4
Chemistry CHEM-110 4 CHEM-210 4 4
Computer Science AB CSC-280 4 CSC-281 3 4
Computer Science A CSC-280 4 N/A N/A 4
Chinese Language
CHIN-212 3 CHIN-213 3 4
English Language Eng-Comp 3 N/A N/A 4
English Literature LIT-120 3 LIT-125 3 4
Environmental Science ENVS-250 3 N/A N/A 4
European History HIST-110 3 HIST-235 3 4
French Language FREN-222 3 FREN-223 3 4
French Literature* FREN-2XX 3 FREN-2XX 3 4
German Language GERM-232 3 GERM-233 3 4
Govt. & Pol: Comparative GOVT-130 3 N/A N/A 4
Govt. & Pol: United States GOVT-110 3 N/A N/A 4
Human Geography SIS-210 3 N/A N/A 4
Italian Language ITAL-218 3 ITAL-219 3 4
Japanese Language
JAPN-214 3 JAPN-215 3 4
Latin: Cato* LFS-1XX 3 N/A N/A 4
Latin: Literature* LFS-1XX 3 LFS-1XX 3 4
Latin: Vergil
LFS-1XX 3 LFS-1XX 3 4
Macroeconomics ECON-100 3 N/A N/A 4
Microeconomics ECON-200 3 N/A N/A 4
Music Theory PERF-1XX 3 PERF-1XX 3 4
Physics B PHYS-105 4 PHYS-205 4 4
Physics: Electrical PHYS-210 4 N/A N/A 4
Physics: Mechanical PHYS-110 4 N/A N/A 4
Psychology PSYC-105 3 N/A N/A 4
Spanish Language SPAN-252 3 SPAN-253 3 4
Spanish Literature SPAN-356 3 SPAN-357 3 4
Statistics Math-Comp 0 STAT-202 4 4
United States History HIST-205 3 HIST-215 3 4
World History HIST-1XX 3 HIST-1XX 3 4

* Exams discontinued by AP in 2008/2009.

 


IB (International Baccalaureate) Equivalencies

  • Only Higher Level (HL) subjects are eligible for advanced credit. Standard Level (SL) subjects are not eligible for credit.
  • Higher Level subjects with scores of 4 and above are granted credit.
    • Exceptions include IB Math - 6, IB English A1 or A2 - 5, IB Philosophy - 5
  • IB Diploma and IB Certificate students are eligible for advanced credit.
  • IB Film exam requires approval of a portfolio by the School of Communication before credit can be awarded.
  • IB English B does not receive credit because it is considered "English as a foreign language."
  • All IB exams meeting above requirements will receive between 3-10 credits at discretion of faculty, provided that overall credits do not exceed 30. In this case, less credit may be awarded for an exam after consulting with student's academic advisor.
  • Students must give the IB Organization permission to release final scores to AU.

 

IB Exam AU Course 1 Credits AU Course 2 Credits Min. Score
Arabic A1 or A2 ARAB-302 4 ARAB-303 4 4
Arabic B ARAB-102 5 ARAB-103 5 4
Art Design (Visual)
ARTS-1XX 6      
Biology BIO-110 4 BIO-210 4 4
Business & Management KSB-196 3 IBUS-196 3 4
Chemistry CHEM-110 4 CHEM-210 4 4
Computer Science CSC-100 3 CSC-280 3 4
Dutch B LFS-100 3 LFS-100 3 4
Economics ECON-100 3 ECON-200 3 4
English A1 or A2 IB-LIT 3 N/A N/A 5
Film COM-105 3 N/A N/A 4
French A1 or A2 FREN-322 3 FREN-323 3 4
French B FREN-122 4 FREN-123 4 4
Geography SIS-210 3 N/A N/A 4
German A1 or A2 GERM-332 3 GERM-333 3 4
German B GERM-132 4 GERM-133 4 4
Hebrew B HEBR-116 3 HEBR-117 3 4
History: Americas HIST-235 3 HIST-241 3 4
History: Europe HIST-235 3 HIST-110 3 4
History: Islamic World SIS-245 3 SOCY-225 3 4
Indonesian B LFS-100 3 LFS-100 3 4
Italian B ITAL-118 4 ITAL-119 4 4
Japanese B JAPN-114 5 JAPN-115 5 4
Mandarin B CHIN-112 5 CHIN-113 5 4
Mathematics MATH-221 4 N/A N/A 6
Modern Greek A1/A2 LFS-300 3 LFS-300 3 4
Music PERF-110 3 PERF-205 3 4
Philosophy PHIL-105 3 PHIL-220 3 5
Physics PHYS-105 4 PHYS-205 4 4
Portuguese B PORT-102 3 PORT-103 3 4
Psychology PSYC-115 3 PSYC-200 3 4
Russian B RUSS-144 5 RUSS-145 5 4
Social & Cult. Anthro. ANTH-110 3 ANTH-215 3 4
Spanish A1 or A2 SPAN-352 3 SPAN-353 3 4
Spanish B SPAN-152 4 SPAN-153 4 4
Theatre PERF-115 3 PERF-450 3 4
Turkish A1 or A2 TURK-102 4 TURK-103 4 4

 


A-levels (British Advanced-Level) Equivalencies

  • An Advanced Level subject exam may be given between 3-10 credits if student receives a grade of A*, A, B or C.
    • Exception A-level Mathematics and Mathematics Further must receive an A or B.
  • Advanced Subsidiary Exams and GCSE Exams will not receive advanced credits.
  • Final certificates must be received from the examination board or sixth form college for credit to be awarded.

 

A-Level Exam AU Course 1 Credits AU Course 2 Credits
Accounting ACCT-196 3 ACCT-196 3
Arabic ARAB-102 5 ARAB-103 5
Art & Design ARTS-100 3 ARTS-210 3
Art History ARTS-105 3 ARTS-210 3
Biology BIO-110 4 BIO-210 4
Business Studies KSB-196 3 N/A N/A
Chemistry CHEM-110 4 CHEM-210 4
Chinese CHIN-112 5 CHIN-113 5
Communication Studies COMM-100 3 N/A N/A
Drama & Theatre PERF-115 3 N/A N/A
Economics ECON-100 3 ECON-200 3
English - Language Pending   Pending  
English - Literature LIT-120 3 LIT-270 3
Environmental Science BIO-250 3 N/A N/A
French FREN-122 4 FREN-123 4
Geography SIS-210 3 N/A N/A
Geology CHEM-230 3 CHEM-230 3
German GERM-132 4 GERM-133 4
History HIST-110 3 HIST-240 3
Law JLS-100 3 N/A N/A
Mathematics* MATH-211 4 N/A N/A
Mathematics - Further* MATH-221 4 MATH-222 4
Music PERF-110 3 N/A N/A
Philosophy PHIL-105 3 PHIL-220 3
Psychology PSYC-115 3 PSYC-200 3
Physics PHYS-105 4 PHYS-205 4
Religion RELG-105 3 RELG-220 3
Sociology SOCY-100 3 SOCY-210 3
Spanish SPAN-152 4 SPAN-153 4

 


CLEP Equivalencies

Students who complete CLEP exams are eligible for advanced credit at American University. Each exam generally receives 3 credits per qualifying exam, at the discretion of the AU Faculty.

Advanced credits will be given to exam subjects meeting all requirements below:

  • Each exam must receive a minimum score of 60 out of 80

 

CLEP Exam AU Course Equivalent Credits Awarded Min. Score
American Government GOVT-110 3 60
Calculus MATH-221 3 60
Human Growth & Development REG-1XX 3 60
Info Systems & Computer Applications REG-1XX 3 60
Macroeconomics ECON-100 3 60
Microeconomics ECON-200 3 60
Sociology SOCY-210 3 60

 


French Baccalauréat

Updated information coming soon.

 


German Abitur

Updated information coming soon.

 


Caribbean CAPE

Updated information coming soon.

 


Italian Maturita

Updated information coming soon.

 

Admissions Deadlines

Freshmen (First-Year) Fall Deadlines:
Early Decision: November 15
Regular Decision (Students living in the US): January 15
Regular Decision (Students living outside the US): January 15

Transfer Fall Deadlines:
Students living in the US: July 1
(March 1 is the deadline to be considered for scholarships/financial aid)
Students living outside the US: May 1

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