CREDIT BY EXAMINATION (AP, CLEP,IB)
The University of Southern Mississippi will allow students to earn credit by examination through Advanced Placement (AP) testing, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination.
Reason for Policy/Purpose
This policy is required for the effective communication of university policies regarding credit by examination.
Who Needs to Know This Policy
All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.
Website Address for this Policy
Students desiring to have their examination scores considered for credit must submit their AP, CLEP, or IB scores to Admissions for credit evaluation:
Mail | 118 College Drive, #5166, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Fax | 601.266.5148
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM (AP)
For AP scores earned 2005-forward: Unless otherwise noted, an Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 will earn three (3) semester hours of credit. Students scoring a 4-5 on an AP exam typically are awarded six (6) semester hours of credit. Different policies exist for AP scores earned 2004 and prior; please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.
Listed below are the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations accepted by the university and the Southern Miss credits to be awarded.
*Beginning in 1990, biology scores of 4-5 will receive eight (8) hours’ credit; scores of 1-3 will receive no credit.
**Scores of 3-5 will receive three (3) hours’ credit.
***Scores of 3-CSC Elec.; 4 or 5-CSC 101
COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
The University of Southern Mississippi will allow credit by examination to those students who have participated in the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and have achieved a level acceptable to the university. Different academic policies govern the application of CLEP credit for students who earned CLEP scores prior to June 2001. Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.
There are two CLEP testing locations in Hattiesburg:
Students can receive up to (but not more than) 30 semester hours through CLEP examination credit.
Below is a list of CLEP subject-area examinations that Southern Miss will consider:
*The essay is required for all English examinations. CLEP examinations in English can be, with required scores, substituted for ENG 101. The Department of English cannot accept CLEP examinations as substitutes for ENG 102. The appropriate academic department at Southern Miss will have final determination in the amount of credit to be awarded, based on the essay.
**Credit for all foreign languages will vary within a range score of 40-80 and may allow up to 12 semester hours’ credit.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
Student receiving an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma may receive up to thirty (30) semester hours of credit for scores of 4 or better on both higher-level and standard-level examinations. Specific policies are determined by the academic unit for which the credit is awarded.
The Director of Admissions for Operations is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/1/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.
02/21/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.