Policy STUA-ADM-001

Responsible University Administrator:Vice President for Student Affairs
Responsible Officer:Director of Admissions for Operations
Origination Date:N/A
Current Revision Date:02/21/13
Next Review Date:02/21/17
End of Policy Date:N/A
Policy Number:STUA-ADM-001
Status:Effective

 

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION (AP, CLEP,IB)

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Policy Statement


 

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


www.usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-stua-adm-001

 


Definitions


 

  

Policy/Procedures


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.

 

AP Examinations

Southern Miss Course Equivalent

Credit

Art, Drawing

ART 101, 102

3/6

*Biology (4-5)

BSC 110, 110L; BSC 111, 111L

8

Chemistry

CHE 106, 106L; 107, 107L

4/8

***Computer Science, A

CSC Elec., CSC 101

3

Computer Science, AB

CSC Elec., CSC 101

3/6

**Economics, Macro

ECO 201

3

**Economics, Micro

ECO 202

3

English Language or Literature

ENG 101, 102

3/6

French Language or Literature

FRE 101, 102

3/6

German

GER 101, 102

3/6

**Gov’t. & Politics U.S. or Comp.

PS 101

3

History, American or U.S.

HIS 201, 202

3/6

History, European

HIS 101, 102

3/6

Latin

LAT 101, 102

3/6

Math, Calculus, AB or BC

MAT 167, 168

3/6

Spanish Language or Literature

SPA 101, 102

3/6

Physics B or C

PHY 111, 111L, 112, 112L

4/8

Psychology

PSY 110

3

 

*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:

  • The University of Southern Mississippi (Testing Center): 601.266.6123
  • William Carey University: 601.318.6188                 

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:

 

Subject Area Examination

Southern Miss Course Equivalent

Semester Hours

American Government

PS 101

3

*American History I and/or II

HIS 201, 202

3/6

Biology

BSC 110, 110L

4

Business Law, Introductory

BA 200

3

Calculus, with Elementary Functions

MAT 167, MAT 168

3/6

Chemistry, General

CHE 106, 106L; CHE 107, 107L

8

College Algebra

MAT 101

3

*Freshman English

ENG 101

3

**Foreign Languages

All languages

3-12

Information Systems & Computer Applications

CSC 100

3

Introductory Macro-economics

ECO 201

3

Introductory Micro-economics

ECO 202

3

Sociology, Introductory

SOC 101

3

Trigonometry

MAT 103

3

Western Civilization I and/or II

HIS 101, 102

3/6

 

*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.

 

IB Exam

Exam Score of 4

Exam Score of 5-7

Advanced Math

MAT 167

MAT 167/MAT 168

English A1

ENG 101

ENG 101/ENG 102

History of Europe

HIS 101

HIS 101/HIS 102

History of Americas

HIS 201

HIS 201/HIS 202

History

HIS 101

HIS 101/HIS 102

Spanish B

SPA 101

SPA 101/SPA 102

Psychology

PSY 110

PSY 110

French

FRE 101

FRE 101/FRE 102

German

GER 101

GER 101/GER 102

 


Review


The Director of Admissions for Operations is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review). 


Forms/Instructions


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Appendices


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Related Information


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History


Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

11/1/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.

02/21/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.