Credit by Exam

American University Credit by Exam

All exam scores must be received by the American University Office of Admissions no later than the end of the second enrolled term. Exam scores more than six years old will not be accepted for credit. A student whose exam scores articulate as credit for one or more courses in the General Education Program may apply up to 4 credit-by-exam courses to their General Education requirement. Additional courses may still be applied toward the major or minor, or as elective credit. AU will accept a maximum of 30 credit hours from one or a combination of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate, CLEP subject examinations, or other AU approved test credit. Eligibility to receive advanced credit for specific exams as well as course equivalencies are determined by American University faculty and are subject to change based on annual review.

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

Academic Year 2014-2015

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



Academic Year 2015-2016

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AP (Advanced Placement)

IB (International Baccalaureate)
A-levels (British Advanced-Level)
CLEP
Caribbean CAPE
International Option Baccalaureate (OIB)


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 Maturita 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.


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

Ways To Apply


Common Application

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The Common Application is one of two ways students can apply to AU.

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