Credit by Examination

Student may earn university credit through a variety of credit by examination options. A maximum of one-fourth of the credits required for graduation in the student’s total degree program may be earned by examination and applied toward graduation. Departments may restrict the total number of credits earned by examination applicable toward their majors and minors. In no case may more than half the requirements for a major or minor be fulfilled by means of examination for credit.

Advanced Placement Program

Students who achieve a minimum score of three (3) on any of the advanced placement examinations will receive at least three credits in the appropriate liberal education category. In addition, some academic departments have approved granting specific credit. (NOTE: Course equivalencies are subject to change. Students receive the course equivalency in effect when they matriculate.) Rather than a letter grade, students receive a mark of “CP.” For prerequisite purposes this is equivalent to “a grade of C or above.”

Exam Name Minimum Score Credits Granted
Art History 3 3 crs., LE-K4 (Fine Arts)
Art, Studio:
General Portfolio
3 3 crs., LE-S3 (Creativity)
Drawing
3 3 crs., LE-S3 (Creativity)
Biology: General 3 3 crs., LE-K1 (Natural Sciences)
4 4 crs., Biology elective LE-K1 lab (Natural Sciences)
Chemistry: General 3 3 crs., CHEM 100
4 4 crs., CHEM 103
5 8 crs., CHEM 103 and CHEM 104
Computer Science: A or AB 3 3 crs., CS 163
Economics:
Macroeconomics
3 3 crs., ECON 104
Microeconomics
3 3 crs., ECON 103
English:
Language & Composition
3 3 crs., General Elective*
4 5 crs., WRIT 116
Literature & Composition
3 3 crs., LE K4*
4 5 crs., WRIT 116
Literature & Composition AND Language & Composition (min. score 3)
4 5 crs., WRIT 116 and 3 crs., General Elective
Language & Composition AND Literature & Composition (min. score 3)
4 5 crs., WRIT 116 and 3 crs., LE-K4 (Fine Arts)
Environmental Science 3 3 crs., BIOL 180
French:
Language
3 16 crs., FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 201 and FREN 202
Literature
3 16 crs., FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 201 and FREN 202
Geography 3 3 crs., GEOG 111
German: Language 3 16 crs., GERM 101, GERM 102, GERM 201 and GERM 202
Government & Politics:
Comparative
3 3 crs., LE-K2 (Social Sciences)
United States
3 3 crs., LE-K2 (Social Sciences)
4 3 crs. POLS 110
History: European 3 3 crs., LE-K3 (Humanities)
4 3 crs., HIST 102 and three credits LE-K3 (Humanities)
History: United States 3 3 crs., LE-K3 (Humanities)
4 6 crs., HIST 114 and HIST 115
History, World 3 3 crs., LE-K3 (Humanities) and LE-R2 (Global Perspectives)
4 6 crs., HIST 124 and HIST 125
Italian:
Language & Culture
3 16 crs., Flg elective LE-K3 (Humanities)
Japanese:
Language & Culture
3 16 crs., JAPN 101, JAPN 102, JAPN 201 and JAPN 202
Latin:
Vergil
3 8 crs., LAT 101 and LAT 102
Literature
3 8 crs., Latin elective LE-K3 (Humanities)
Mathematics:
Calculus AB
3 4 crs., MATH 111
4 4 crs., MATH 114
Calculus BC
3 4 crs., MATH 114
4 8 crs., MATH 114 and MATH 215
Statistics
3 4 crs., MATH 246
Music Theory 3 3 crs., LE-K4 (Fine Arts)
Physics 1 3 5 crs., PHYS 211
Physics 2 3 4 crs., PHYS 212
Physics C:
Mechanics
3 3 crs., LE-K1 (Natural Sciences)
4 5 crs., PHYS 231 (can be granted upon completion of PHYS 232 with a grade of B or better)
Electricity & Magnetism
3 3 crs., LE-K1 (Natural Sciences)
Psychology: 3 3 crs., PSYC 100
Spanish:
Language or
3 8 crs., SPAN 101, SPAN 102
Literature
4 12 crs., SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201
5 16 crs., SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201, SPAN 202
Seminar 3 3 crs, general elective
Research 3 3 crs, general elective

Note: *WRIT 118 Also Required (2 crs.)

International Baccalaureate Examinations

The University grants credit for a score of four (4) or higher on all Higher Level International Baccalaureate examinations. Students receive the course equivalency in effect when they matriculate. Rather than a letter grade, students receive a mark of “CP.” For prerequisite purposes this is equivalent to “a grade of C or above.” For current equivalencies see the Academic Testing webpage: http://www.uwec.edu/Testing/creditbyexam/baccalaureate.htm or contact the Academic Testing Office.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The University grants credit for certain examinations offered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). These examinations are administered nationwide. At UW-Eau Claire, they are administered by the Academic Testing Office. Students receive the course equivalency in effect when they matriculate. Rather than a letter grade, students receive a mark of “CP.” For prerequisite purposes this is equivalent to “a grade of C or above.” For current equivalencies see the Academic Testing webpage.  CLEP exams fall into the following two categories.

CLEP General Examinations

The University awards credit for a satisfactory/passing score on the general examinations in Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Science/History, which will satisfy one experience in the appropriate LE outcome.

General Examinations should be taken before the student has completed initial enrollment in the University. They must be taken by the time the student has completed 15 semester credits of college work and before enrollment in any courses in the area to be tested. Exceptions to this rule may be made for older students with unique backgrounds. Requests for these exceptions should be directed to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

CLEP Subject Examinations

The University accepts certain subject examinations.  Subject (course equivalent) examinations should be taken before a student has enrolled in the equivalent course or in any higher level course for which it is a prerequisite. With departmental permission, however, the student may take an examination for a course in which he/she is enrolled provided it is taken before the end of the first week of classes. Examinations for credit may not be used to repeat courses already attempted at or transferred to UW-Eau Claire.

DANTES

The University accepts certain DANTES examinations. A score calculated as a "B-Grade Equivalent" or better on the exam will be awarded credit.  Students receive the course equivalency in effect when they matriculate. Rather than a letter grade, students receive a mark of “CP.” For prerequisite purposes this is equivalent to “a grade of C or above.”  Course equivalent examinations should be taken before a student has enrolled in the equivalent course or in any higher level course for which it is a prerequisite. Examinations for credit may not be used to repeat courses already attempted at or transferred to UW-Eau Claire.  For current equivalencies see the Academic Testing webpage: http://www.uwec.edu/Testing/creditbyexam/DANTES.htm.

Departmental Examinations

Certain departments offer departmentally based examinations for credit. Departments may limit the courses available for credit by examination. Departmental examinations may be taken for a grade or S/U. Departmental examinations should be taken before the student has enrolled in the equivalent course or in any higher level course for which it is a prerequisite. With departmental permission, however, the student may take an examination for a course in which he/she is enrolled provided it is taken before the end of the first week of classes. Examinations for credit may not be used to repeat courses already attempted at or transferred to UW-Eau Claire.

For information about application procedures and fees the student should consult with the chair of the department offering the course.