Credit by Examination
There are two ways undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, may establish undergraduate credit by examination in courses offered by the university: either through the University of Arkansas Credit by Examination Program (see the next section), or through approved national testing programs, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement Program (AP), or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
Credit established by examination must be evaluated in terms of the specific program the student wishes to pursue. The decision regarding the appropriate application of such credit to a degree program will be made in each college or school. Credit established by examination will be applied to a degree program in the same manner as credit established in any other way. If credit is earned by examination, the mark of CR will be entered in the student’s record. Grades are not assigned.
In certain instances, however, instead of actually receiving credit in semester hours, a student may receive advanced standing and be authorized to enroll for advanced courses in the subject matter area.
Credit by examination may not be used to satisfy minimum residency requirements as established by each college or school. Credit by examination is recorded only for students currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
University of Arkansas Program
The following conditions apply to the departmental programs for credit by examination:
- The student must apply for such examination using forms available in the academic dean or department office. Permission to take the examination must be obtained from the faculty of the department offering the course. The faculty of each department is responsible for designating the courses in that department that may be challenged by examination.
- The appropriate department or college offering the course will designate and administer the examination.
- A passing grade on the examination must be “B” or above. A second trial for credit by examination in that course will not be permitted.
- A $25 credit by examination fee will be assessed per course.
National Testing Programs
When credit by a national examination is granted, the student’s academic record will list the score used as a basis for credit as well as the type of examination used to establish credit, such as CLEP subject examination or general examination, AP examination or IB examination.
Credit is awarded on the basis of official score reports, which must be sent by the national testing service directly to the Office of the Registrar, 141 Uptown East, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Minimum score requirements as established by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, must be met to receive credit.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The University of Arkansas is a CLEP testing center and is authorized to administer CLEP examinations both on a national basis and on an institutional basis. However, CLEP examinations may be taken at scheduled times at any national test center, and the results sent to the University of Arkansas. The test center code number and score recipient code number for the University of Arkansas is 6866. For information or to make application, write to the Office of Testing Services, 97 N. Razorback Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701, or telephone 479-575-3948.
Approval has been granted by the appropriate governing body, upon recommendation of the academic department, to award credit in the following courses by the use of CLEP examinations. Minimum scores for the paper-based version and the new computer-based version were established by the departments of the subject areas concerned.
Please note that minimum scores for credit for computer-based CLEP exams may differ from paper-based CLEP examinations.
|CLEP Examination||UA Course||Paper-based text (pre July 2001)||Computer-based test (Effective July 2001)||Maximum Credit Allowed|
|College Composition||ENGL 1013||490||50||3|
|Approved Subject Examinations|
|American Government||PLSC 2003||47||50||3|
|Biology||BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L||49||50||4|
|College Algebra||MATH 1203||50||54||3|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1103/ CHEM 1101L & CHEM 1123/CHEM 1121L||50||55||8|
|History of United States I||HIST 2003||50||50||3|
|History of United States II||HIST 2013||50||50||3|
|Human Growth & Development||HDFS 1403||63||3|
|Introduction to Educational Psychology||PSYC 4033||55||3|
|Introductory Psychology||PSYC 2003||47||55||3|
|Introductory Sociology||SOCI 2013||59||59||3|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||ECON 2013||48||54||3|
|Principles of Microeconomics||ECON 2023||48||54||3|
|Principles of Marketing||MKTG 3433||48||50||3|
|Western Civilization I||HIST 1113||50||60||3|
|Western Civilization II||HIST 1123||50||60||3|
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Entrance Examination Board gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still in high school and, with an appropriate score on an AP exam, to receive advanced placement and/or credit upon entering the University. The AP examinations are offered annually by high schools that participate in this program. The appropriate UA governing body, upon recommendation of the academic department, has authorized credit and/or placement for students who present qualifying scores in the AP courses listed below.
Note: While changes surrounding the administration of AP exams occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Arkansas has not changed its policies regarding course credit for these exams. All AP exams, whether taken online or onsite, are accepted.
Symbols for placement and credit:
- P = placement;
- Pq = qualified placement (student may be placed in an advanced course, with credit awarded for prerequisite courses upon satisfactory completion, subject to departmental review.);
- C = credit;
- Cq = qualified credit (placement and credit subject to departmental review);
- E = Exempt.
|AP Examination||UA Course||Minimum Score|
|Art History||ARHS 1003||3C|
|Art History||ARHS 1003H or ARHS 2913||4C|
|Art History||ARHS 1003H or ARHS 2913 & ARHS 2923||5C|
|Biology||BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L||4C|
|Biology||BIOL 1543H/BIOL 1541M||5C|
|Calculus AB||MATH 2554||3C|
|Calculus AB||MATH 2554H||5C|
|Calculus BC||MATH 2554 & MATH 2564||3C|
|Calculus BC||MATH 2554H & MATH 2564H||5C|
|AB Subscore||MATH 2554||3C|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1053/CHEM 1051L||3C|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1103/CHEM 1101L & CHEM 1123/CHEM 1121L||4C|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1103/CHEM 1101L & CHEM 1123H/CHEM 1121M||5C|
|Computer Science A||CSCE 2004||3C|
|Environmental Sciences||GEOS 1133/GEOS 1131L||3C|
|European History||HIST 1123||3C|
|French Language||FREN 1013 & FREN 2003||3C|
|French Language||FREN 1013, FREN 2003 & FREN 2013||4C|
|French Language||FREN 1013, FREN 2003, FREN 2013, & FREN 3003||5C|
|German Language||GERM 1013 & GERM 2003||3C|
|German Language||GERM 1013, GERM 2003 & GERM 2013||4C|
|German Language||GERM 1013, GERM 2003, GERM 2013, & GERM 3003||5C|
|Government and Politics: Comparative||PLSC 2013||3C|
|Human Geography||GEOS 1123||3C|
|Latin: Virgil||LATN 1013 & LATN 2003||3C|
|Latin: Virgil||LATN 1013, LATN 2003 & LATN 2013||4C|
|Latin: Virgil||LATN 1013, LATN 2003, LATN 2013 & LATN 3003||5C|
|Language and Composition||ENGL 1013||3C|
|Language and Composition||ENGL 1013H||5C|
|Literature and Composition||WLIT 1113||3C|
|Literature and Composition||WLIT 1113H||5C|
|Music Theory||MLIT 1003||3C|
|Music Theory||MUTH 1631 & MUTH 2603||4Cq, 5C|
|Physics 1: Algebra-Based||PHYS 2013/PHYS 2011L||3C|
|Physics 1: Algebra-Based with Cal AB or BC score of 3||PHYS 2054||4C|
|Physics 1: Algebra-Based with Cal AB or BC score of 3||PHYS 2054H||5C|
|Physics 2: Algebra-Based||PHYS 2033/PHYS 2031L||3C|
|Physics B||PHYS 2013/PHYS 2011L & PHYS 2033/PHYS 2031L||3C|
|Physics B with Calculus AB or BC score of 3||PHYS 2054 & PHYS 2033/PHYS 2031L||3 Cq**, 4C**|
|Physics B with Calculus AB or BC score of 3||PHYS 2054H & PHYS 2033/PHYS 2031L||5C**|
|Physics C: Mechanics||PHYS 2054||3C|
|Physics C: Mechanics||PHYS 2054H||5C|
|Physics C: E & M||PHYS 2074||3C|
|Physics C: E & M||PHYS 2074H||5C|
|Spanish Language||SPAN 1013 & SPAN 2003||3C|
|Spanish Language||SPAN 1013, SPAN 2003 & SPAN 2013||4C|
|Spanish Language||SPAN 1013, SPAN 2003, SPAN 2013, & SPAN 3003||5C|
|Spanish Literature||SPAN 2013H||3C|
|Spanish Literature||SPAN 3103||5C|
|Studio Art: Drawing||ARTS 1013||3C|
|Studio Art: 2D Design||ARTS 1313||3C|
|Studio Art: 3D Design||ARTS 1323||3C|
|U.S. Government and Politics||PLSC 2003||3C|
|U.S. Government and Politics||PLSC 2003H||5C|
|U.S. History||HIST 2003 or HIST 2013||3C|
|U.S. History||HIST 2003 & HIST 2013||5C|
|World History||HIST 1113 or HIST 1123||3C|
|World History||HIST 1113 & HIST 1123||5C|
Students must pass a departmental test to receive credit
To receive credit for courses preceding the course for which AP credit has been granted, students must enroll in and complete with a grade of “C”or higher, that course which follows in sequence the course for which AP credit was granted.
At most, 3 hours credit allowed for AP Statistics.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year high school curriculum offered in the United States and in 72 countries around the world. The IB program provides students with a balanced education, facilitates geographic and cultural mobility, and promotes international understanding through a shared academic experience. The IB program gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while in upper secondary school and to receive credit for final examinations upon entering the University.
The IB examinations are offered annually, usually in May, by high schools participating in this program. Students seeking credit for examinations must request that a final, official IB transcript of certificate or diploma results be sent by mail to the Office of the Registrar, 146 Silas H. Hunt Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR 72701. These materials may be requested from International Baccalaureate North America, 200 Madison Avenue, Suite 2007, New York, NY 10016, telephone: 212-696-4464.
Approval has been granted by appropriate academic departments to award credit in the following courses. The minimum scores were established by the departments of the subject areas concerned.
Note: While changes surrounding the administration of IB exams occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Arkansas has not changed its policies regarding course credit for these exams. All IB exams, whether taken online or onsite, are accepted.
|International Course||UA Course||Score|
|Anthropology||ANTH 1023||4-7 SL or HL|
|Biology||BIOL 1524||4-7 SL|
|Biology||BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L||4-5 HL|
|Biology||BIOL 1543H/BIOL 1541M||6-7 HL|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1053/CHEM 1051L||4-7 SL|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1103/CHEM 1101L & CHEM 1123/CHEM 1121L||5-7 HL|
|Computer Science||CSCE 2004 (Pending Department Exam)||4-7 SL|
|Computer Science||CSCE 2004 & CSCE 2014 (Pending Department Exam)||4-7 HL|
|Economics||ECON 2013 or ECON 2023||4-7 SL|
|Economics||ECON 2013 & ECON 2023||5-7HL|
|English||ENGL 1013||4-7 SL or 4-5 HL|
|English||ENGL 1013 & ENGL 1023||6-7 HL|
|Environmental Systems||GEOS 1133/GEOS 1131L||4-7 SL or HL|
|French||FREN 1013 & FREN 2003||4-7 SL|
|French||FREN 1013, FREN 2003, & FREN 2013||4-5 HL|
|French||FREN 1013, FREN 2003, FREN 2013, & FREN 3003||6-7 HL|
|German||GERM 1013 & GERM 2003||4-7 SL|
|German||GERM 1013, GERM 2003, & GERM 2013||4-5 HL|
|German||GERM 1013, GERM 2003, GERM 2013, & GERM 3003||6-7 HL|
|Geography||GEOS 1123||4-7 SL or HL|
|Global Politics||PLSC 2013||4-7 SL or HL|
|History (U.S.)||HIST 2003 or HIST 2013||4-7 SL|
|History (U.S.)||HIST 2003 or HIST 2013||4 HL|
|History (U.S.)||HIST 2003 & HIST 2013||5-7 HL|
|Hisory (World)||HIST 1113||4-7 SL|
|History (World)||HIST 1113 & HIST 1123||4-5 HL|
|History (World)||HIST 1113H & HIST 1123H||6-7 HL|
|Humanities||HUMN 2213||3-7 SL or HL|
|Latin||LATN 1013||4-7 SL|
|Latin||LATN 1013 & LATN 2003||4-5 HL|
|Latin||LATN 1013, LATN 2003, & LATN 2013||6-7 HL|
|Mathematics||MATH 2554||4-7 SL|
|Mathematics||MATH 1284C and MATH 2554||5 HL|
|Mathematics||MATH 1284C and MATH 2554H||6-7 HL|
|Music||MLIT 1003||4-7 SL|
|Music||MUTH 1631 & MUTH 2603||4-7 HL|
|Philosophy||PHIL 2003||4-7 SL or 4-5 HL|
|Philosophy||PHIL 2003H||6-7 HL|
|Physics||PHYS 2013/PHYS 2011L||4-7 SL|
|Physics||PHYS 2013/PHYS 2011L & PHYS 2033/PHYS 2031L||4-5 HL|
|Physics||PHYS 2054 & PHYS 2033/PHYS 2031L||6-7 HL|
|Psychology||PSYC 2003||4-7 SL or HL|
|Spanish||SPAN 1013 & SPAN 2003||4-7 SL|
|Spanish||SPAN 1013, SPAN 2003 & SPAN 2013||4-5 HL|
|Spanish||SPAN 1013, SPAN 2003, SPAN 2013, & SPAN 3003||6-7 HL|
|Theatre||THTR 1223||4-7 SL or HL|
|Visual Arts||ARHS 1003||4-7 SL|
|Visual Arts||ARHS 1003H & ARHS 2913||4-5 HL|
|Visual Arts||ARHS 1003H, ARHS 2913, & ARHS 2923||6-7 HL|