Credit by Exam

Recognizing the wealth of knowledge students bring to their college experience, KSU affords students many opportunities to earn and apply credit toward a degree. These opportunities include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST), Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS), and Departmental Challenge Exams for Advanced Standing (Credit by Exam).

Policies regarding exam options for credit are published in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog.

  • KSU awards credit for the Advanced Placement Program (AP) tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students should contact CollegeBoard.org to request electronic submission of official AP scores to KSU or call 1-888-225-5427. Credit is not awarded based upon high school or college transcripts.

    Refer to the table below for Course Equivalents for your Advanced Placement test scores. For AP scores, please call 1-888-225-5427 or visit www.collegeboard.com.

    • AP Subject
      AP Score
      KSU Exemption
      Credit
    • Art History 
      4-5
      ARH 2750 & 2850
      6
    • Art: Drawing
      4-5
      ART 1150*
      3
    • Art: 2D Design
      4-5
      ART 1000*
      3
    • Art: 3D Design
      4-5
      ART 1200*
      3
    • Biology 
      3
      BIOL 1107/L
      4
    • Biology 
      4-5
      BIOL 1107/L & 1108/L
      8
    • Calculus AB
      3
      MATH 1113
      3
    • Calculus AB
       
      4-5
       
      MATH 1113 & 1190 
      7
    • Calculus BC
      3
      MATH 1113 & 1190
      7
    • Calculus BC
       
      4-5
      MATH 1113, 1190 & 2202
      11
    • Chemistry
       
      3-4
      CHEM 1211/L
      4
    • Chemistry
      5
      CHEM 1211/L & 1212/L
      8
    • Chinese Language and Culture
      3
      CHNS 1001 & 1002
      6
    • Chinese Language and Culture
      4-5
      CHNS 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Comparative Government & Politics
      3-5
      POLS 2240
      3
    • Computer Science A
      3-5
      CSE 1321/L
      4
    • Computer Science AB
      3-5
      CSE 1321/L
      4
    • Computer Science Principles

      3-5
      CSE 1300
      3
    • English Language 
      3-4
      ENGL 1101
      3
    • English Language
      5
      ENGL 1101 & 1102
      6
    • English Literature
      3-4
      ENGL 1101
      3
    • English Literature
      5
      ENGL 1101 & 1102
      6
    • Environmental Science
      3-5
      BIOL 1T00
      3
    • European History
      4-5
      HIST 1T00
      3
    • French Language 
      3
      FREN 1001 & 1002
      6
    • French Language
      4-5
      FREN 2001 & 2002
      6
    • French Literature
      3
      FREN 1001 & 1002
      6
    • French Literature
      4-5
      FREN 2001 & 2002
      6
    • German Language
      3
       
      GRMN 1001
      3
    • German Language
      4
      GRMN 1001 & 1002
      6
    • German Language
      5
      GRMN 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Human Geography
      3-5
      GEOG 1101
      3
    • Italian Language & Culture
      3
      ITAL 1001 & 1002
      6
    • Italian Language & Culture
      4
      ITAL 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Japanese Language & Culture
      3
      JPN 1001 & 1002
      6
    • Japanese Language & Culture
      4
      JPN 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Latin: Vergil 
       
      3
      LATN 1002 & 2001
      6
    • Latin: Vergil
       
      4-5
      LATN 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Latin Literature
      3
      LATN 1001 & 2001
      6
    • Latin Literature
      4-5
      LATN 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Macroeconomics
      3-5
      ECON 2200
      3
    • Microeconomics
      3-5
      ECON 2100
      3
    • Music Theory
       
       
      3-5
      MUSI 1T00
       
      3
    • Physics 1
      3-5
      PHYS 1111/L
      4
    • Physics 2
      3-5
      PHYS 1112/L
      4
    • Physics B
      3-4
      PHYS 1111/L
      4
    • Physics B
      5
      PHYS 1111/L & 1112/L
      8
    • Physics C (Mechanics)
      4-5
      PHYS 2211/L
      4
    • Physics C (Elec. & Mag.)
      4-5
      PHYS 2212/L
      4
    • Psychology
      3-5
      PSYC 1101
      3
    • Spanish Language 
      3
      SPAN 1002 & 2001
      6
    • Spanish Language
      4-5
      SPAN 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Spanish Literature
      3
      SPAN 1002 & 2001
      6
    • Spanish Literature
      4-5
      SPAN 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Statistics
      3-5
      STAT 1107
      3
    • United States Government & Politics
      4-5
      POLS 1101***
      3
    • United States History
      4-5
      HIST 2111**
      3
    • World History
      4-5
      HIST 1100
      3

    * After Portfolio Review
    ** In order to satisfy the legislative requirements for graduation, the student must also complete the GA History exemption exam available through KSU Academic Testing Services.
    ***  In order to satisfy the legislative requirements for graduation, the student must also complete the GA Constitution exemption exam available through KSU Academic Testing Services." 

  • Some departments offer departmental challenge examinations for advanced standing, which allow students who demonstrate satisfactory evidence of acquired knowledge from prior learning to receive course credit.

    Students seeking permission to take challenge exams for

    • BIOL 2221, BIOL 2222, or BIOL 3317
    • CRJU 3315

    should make the request through Owl Express. Please follow these instructions: Student Credit by Examination Application on Owl Express.

    Other requests for credit by examination should be initiated with the PLA Coordinator, who will provide instructions. Please complete a PLA Inquiry Form to initiate the process.

  • The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 24 examinations. Earn credit for knowledge acquired through independent study, prior coursework, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships. Refer to the table below for the list of minimum passing scores for credit and the corresponding KSU equivalents.

    • CLEP Exam
      Minimum Score
      University Equivalent
      Credit
    • American Government
      50
      POLS 1101#
      3
    • American Literature
      50
      ENGL 2130
      3
    • Biology
      50
      56
      BIOL 1107/L
      BIOL 1107/L, 1108/L
      4
      8
    • Calculus
      50
      MATH 1190
      4
    • Chemistry
      50
      70
      CHEM 1211/L
      CHEM 1211/L, 1212/L
      4
      8
    • College Algebra
      50
      MATH 1111
      3
    • * College Composition Modular
      50
      ENGL 1101*
      3
    • ** College Mathematics
      50
      MATH 1T00**
      3
    • English Literature
      50
      ENGL 2120
      3
    • History of the U.S. I
      50
      HIST 2111#
      3
    • History of the U.S. II
      50
      HIST 2112#
      3
    • ** Humanities
      50
      HUMN 1T00
      3
    • Introductory Psychology
      50
      PSYC 1101
      3
    • Introductory Business Law
      50
      BLAW 2200
      3
    • Introductory Sociology
      50
      SOCI 1101
      3
    • Pre-calculus
      50
      MATH 1113
      3
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
      50
      ECON 2200
      3
    • Principles of Microeconomics
      50
      ECON 2100
      3
    • ** Western Civilization I
      50
      HIST 1T00
      3
    • ** Western Civilization II
      50
      HIST 1T00
      3
    • Financial Accounting
      50
      ACCT 2100
      3
    • French Language
      50
      59
      FREN 1001, 1002
      FREN 1001,1002,2001,2002
      6
      12
    • German Language
      45
      54
      GRMN 1001, 1002
      GRMN 1001,1002,2001,2002
      6
      12
    • Spanish Language
      44
      54
      SPAN 1001, 1002
      SPAN 1001,1002,2001,2002
      6
      12

    * Requires a separate essay

    ** Elective credit only, does not meet GenEd requirements
    # To satisfy USG graduation requirements, students must also complete the Georgia History and/or Georgia Constitution exam(s) available through KSU Academic Testing Services

    • Setting up your CLEP exam is a two step process:
    • Step One: Register for and purchase your CLEP exam ($87 per exam) through College Board. Click here and follow the instructions on College Board's website.
    • Step Two: After registering for your CLEP exam through College Board, schedule your exam at one of our testing centers by clicking here.
    • On the day of your test, remember to bring your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket and your KSU appointment ticket (with bar code) to the testing center.
  •  Students wishing to receive credit by examination for foreign language proficiency can use the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) offered by Brigham Young University.  You can earn 3, 6, 9, or 12 credit hours based on your proficiency level in any of the languages in the table below.  Credits awarded will correspond to the KSU language course listing or FL if there is no associated KSU course at levels 1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002.

    • FLATS Tests Available
    • Afrikaans
      Albanian
      Arabic
    • Armenian
      Bulgarian
      Cambodian
    • Cantonese
      Cebuano
      Croatian
    • Czech
      Danish
      Dutch
    • Fijian
      Finnish
      French
    • Georgian
      German
      Greek
    • Haitian-Creole
      Hmong
      Hungarian
    • Icelandic
      Ilonggo-Hiligaynon
      Indonesian
    • Italian
      Japanese
      Korean
    • Latvian
      Lithuanian
      Malagasy
    • Malay
      Mandarin
      Mongolian
    • Norwegian
      Persian-Farsi
      Polish
    • Portuguese
      Romanian
      Russian
    • Samoan
      Serbian
      Spanish
    • Swedish
      Tagalog
      Tahitian
    • Thai
      Tongan
      Ukrainian
    • Vietnamese
       
       

    Setting up your FLATS exam is a two step process:

    Step One:  Register for and purchase your FLATS exam ($50 per exam) through BYU's FLATS Department.  Click here and follow the instructions on BYU's website.

    Use the information below to fill out the Proctor Information section on the registration form:
    Name:  Darrin Theriault
    Department:  KSU Academic Testing Services
    Educational Institution:  Kennesaw State University
    Address:  3333 Busbee Drive, MD 3313
    City, State, ZIP Code:  Kennesaw, GA  30144
    Phone:  470-578-4800
    Email:  ksutesting@kennesaw.edu

    After registering for your exam through BYU, you will receive an email with exam instructions and a unique confirmation number and online exam password.

    Step Two:  Schedule your appointment at one of our two testing centers and pay your $30 test administration fee by clicking here.

    On the day of your test, remember to bring your BYU-issued confirmation number and exam password and your KSU appointment ticket (with bar code) to the testing center.

  • KSU awards credit for the following DSST Exams. These are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program.

    • DSST Exam
      Minimum Score
      Minimum Score Effective 2008
      University Equivalent
      Credit
    • College Algebra
      47
      400
      MATH 1111
      3
    • Computing and Information Technology
      N/A
      400
      CSE 1300
      3
    • Environment and Humanity
      48
      400
      STS 1101
      3
    • General Anthropology
      47
      N/A
      ANTH 1102
      3
    • Human/Cultural Geography
      48
      400
      GEOG 1101
      3
    • Introduction to Computing
      45
      400
      CSE 1300
      3
    • Introduction to the Modern Middle East
      48
      N/A
      HIST 1T00
      3
    • Introduction to World Religions
      48
      400
      RELS 1102
      3
    • Principles of Public Speaking
      47
      400
      COM 2129
      3
    • Principles of Statistics
      48
      400
      IET 2227 or  STAT 1107
      3

    Approved: 4/2016

  • For IB results or IB transcript, please visit www.ibo.org.

    • IB Subject
      IB Score
      KSU Exemption
      Credits
    • Advanced Mathematics
      4-7
      Math 3390
      4
    • Art/Design (Option A)
      4-7
       Art 1100
      3
    • Art/Design (Option B)
      4-7
      Art 1107
      3
    • Biology
      4-7
      BIOL 1107/L & 1108/L
      8
    • Business and Organization
      4-7
      BUSA 1000
      3
    • Chemistry Standard Level
      4-6
      CHEM 1151/L
      4
    • Chemistry Standard Level
      7
      CHEM 1211/L
      4
    • Chemistry Higher Level
      4-5
      CHEM 1151/L
      4
    • Chemistry Higher Level
      6
      CHEM 1211/L
      4
    • Chemistry Higher Level
      7
      CHEM 1211/L & CHEM 1212/L
      8
    • Classical Languages
      4-5
      LAT 1001 & 1002
      6
    • Classical Languages
      6-7
      LAT 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Computer Science
      4-7
      CSE 1300
      3
    • Design Technology 
      4-7
      ELEC 1T00
      3
    • Economics 
      4-7
      Econ 1000
      2
    • English A1
      4-5
      ENGL 1101
      3
    • English A1
      6-7
      ENGL 1101 & 1102
      6
    • English A2
      4-5
      ENGL 1101
      3
    • English A2
      6-7
      ENGL 1101 & 1102
      6
    • English B
      4-7
      ENGL 1101
      3
    • English AB Initio
       
      None
       
    • Evironmental Systems
      4-7
      BIOL 1T00 & 1T01 (both with Labs) 
      8
    • Film 
      4-7
      TPS 1107
      3
    • Foreign Language A1
      4-5
      FL 1001 & 1002
      6
    • Foreign Language A1
      6-7
      FL 2001 & 2002
      6
    • Foreign Language A2
      4-5
      FL 1001 & 1002
      6
    • Foreign Language A2
      6-7
      FL 2001 & 2002
    • Foreign Language B
      4-5
      FL 1001 & 1002
      6
    • Foreign Language B
      6-7
      FL 1002 & 2001
      6
    • Foreign Language ab initio
      4-7
      FL 1002 & 1002
      6
    • Geography
      4-7
      GEOG 1101
      3
    • HIstory/Americas
      4-7
      HIST 2111*
      3
    • History/(All Others)
      4-7
      HIST 1T00
      3
    • History of the Islamic World 
      4-7
      HIST 1T00
      3
    • Information Technology 
      4-7
      ICT 2101
      3
    • Mathematical Methods
      4-7
      MATH 1113
      3
    • Mathematical HIgher Level
      4-7
      MATH 1101
      8
    • Music
      4-7
      MUSI 1T00
      3
    • Philosophy
      4-7
      PHIL 2200
      3
    • Physics
      4-7
      PHYS 1111/L & 1112/L
      8
    • Psychology
      4-7
      PSYC 1101
      3
    • Theater Arts
      4-7
      TPS 1107
      3

    *To satisfy the USG legislative requirements, students must also complete the Georgia History exam available through KSU Academic Testing Services.

    All examination credit counts as credit earned (with a grade of "K") toward graduation in terms of hours earned and course credit earned, but these hours are not applied toward institutional graduation residency requirements and they are not calculated in the graduation grade point average (GPA).

 

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