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Credit by Exam

Students may be eligible to receive advanced placement or college credit by taking examinations available nationally. Students take these tests to determine their level of competence in certain subject areas.

Review your credit by exam options now, including

Note:

  • Students may receive credit by examination if they have not previously registered for the course in question at Grand Valley or elsewhere.
  • The credits will count toward graduation but will not be used in computing the grade point average.
  • The maximum number of credits by examination (AP, IB, and CLEP – combined) that students may apply toward the baccalaureate is 32 hours. There is no limit to DSST credits.
  • Refer to www.gvsu.edu/catalog for the most current catalog information.

Equivalency applies beginning May 2016. 

Note: minimum scores and equivalencies are subject to change. 

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) program, a service of the College Board, allows students to earn college credits while they are still in high school.

Grand Valley State University will grant credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP tests. In order to receive credit, the student must request that the College Board send score reports to the university. When Grand Valley receives the AP scores (usually in early July), students who have earned the appropriate score will be awarded credit. Each student who earns credit will receive an evaluation indicating the credit awarded.

Advanced Placement Exam

Passing Score

GVSU Equivalency

Credits and General Education Requirement Earned

Art - History

3, 4, or 5

ART 101

3 (Arts)

Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio

3, 4, or 5

ART 150

3 (Arts)

Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio

3, 4 or 5

ART 151

3 (Arts)

Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio

3, 4 or 5

ART 155

3 (Arts)

Biology

3

BIO 120

4 (Life Sciences)

Biology

4 or 5

BIO 120 & 121

8 (Life Sciences)

Calculus AB

3, 4, or 5

MTH 201

4 (Mathematical Sciences)

Calculus BC

3, 4, or 5

MTH 201 & 202

8 (Mathematical Sciences)

Calculus BC

Less than 3 and AB subscore of 3 or higher

MTH 201

4 (Mathematical Sciences)

Chemistry

3

CHM 109

4 (Physical Sciences)

Chemistry

4

CHM 115

4 (Physical Sciences)

Chemistry

5

CHM 115 & 116 with review of lab notebook

9 (Physical Sciences)

Chinese Language and Culture

3

CHI 101 & 102

8

Chinese Language and Culture

4

CHI 101, 102, & 201

12

Chinese Language and Culture

5

CHI 101, 102, 201, & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

Computer Science A

3, 4, or 5

CIS 162

4 (Mathematical Sciences)

Computer Science Principles

3, 4, or 5

CIS general credit

3 (Mathematical Sciences)

English Language

3, 4, or 5

WRT 150

4 (Writing)

English Literature

3, 4, or 5

WRT 150 (Credit will not be given for English Language and Literature)

4 (Writing)

Economics: Macro

3, 4, or 5

ECO 210

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Economics: Micro

3, 4, or 5

ECO 211

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Environmental Science

3, 4, or 5

BIO 105

3 (Life Sciences)

French Language

3

FRE 101 & 102

8

French Language

4

FRE 101, 102, & 201

12

French Language

5

FRE 101, 102, 201, & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

French Literature

3

FRE 101, 102, 201, 202, & 306

19 (Philosophy and Literature, World Perspectives)

French Literature

4

FRE 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, & 306

22 (Philosophy and Literature, World Perspectives)

French Literature

5

FRE 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 306, & 380

25 (Philosophy and Literature, World Perspectives)

German Language

3

GER 101 & 102

8

German Language

4

GER 101, 102, & 201

12

German Language

5

GER 101, 102, 201, & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

Government & Politics: U.S. Government

3, 4, or 5

PLS 102

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Government & Politics: Comparative

3, 4, or 5

PLS 103

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences, World Perspectives)

History: European

3, 4, or 5

HST 102

3 (Historical Perspectives, World Perspectives)

History: U.S. 

3

HST 103

3 (Historical Perspectives, U.S. Diversity)

History: U.S.

4 or 5

HST 205 & 206

6 (Historical Perspectives, U.S. Diversity)

History: World

3

HST 101

3 (Historical Perspectives, World Perspectives)

History: World

4 or 5

HST 203 & 204

6 (Historical Perspectives, World Perspectives)

Human Geography

3, 4, or 5

GPY 220

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Italian Language and Culture

3

ITA 101 & 102

8

Italian Language and Culture

4

ITA 101, 102, & 201

12

Italian Language and Culture

5

ITA 101, 102. 201, & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

Japanese Language and Culture

3

JPN 101 & 102

8

Japanese Language and Culture

4

JPN 101, 102, & 201

12

Japanese Language and Culture

5

JPN 101, 102, 201, & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

Latin: Literature

3

Latin general credit

3

Latin: Literature

4 or 5

LAT 201

4

Music: Theory

3, 4, or 5

MUS 130

3 (Arts)

Physics 1

3

PHY general credit

4 (Physical Sciences)

Physics 1

4 or 5

PHY 220

5 (Physical Sciences)

Physics 2

3

PHY general credit

4 (Physical Sciences)

Physics 2

4 or 5

PHY 221

5 (Physical Sciences)

Physics 1 and Physics 2

3 on both exams

PHY general credit

5 (Physical Sciences)

Physics 1 and Physics 2

Physics 1 score of 3, 4, or 5; Physics 2 score of 4 or 5

PHY 220 and PHY 221

10 (Physical Sciences)

Physics C: Mechanics

3

PHY general credit

4 (Physical Sciences)

Physics C: Mechanics

4 or 5

PHY 230

5 (Physical Sciences)

Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3 on either exam

PHY general credit

5 (Physical Sciences)

Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

4 or 5 on both exams

PHY 230 & PHY general credit

8 (Physical Sciences)

Physics 2, Physics C: Mechanics, and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

4 or 5 on all exams

PHY 230 & 231

10 (Physical Sciences)

Psychology

3, 4, or 5

PSY 101

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Spanish Language

3

SPA 101 & 102

8

Spanish Language

4

SPA 101, 102, & 201

12

Spanish Language

5

SPA 101, 102, 201, & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

Spanish Literature

3

SPA 101, 102, 201, & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

Spanish Literature

4 or 5

SPA 101, 102, 201, 202, 321, & 322)

22 (Philosophy and Literature, World Perspectives)

Statistics

3, 4, or 5

STA 215

3 (Mathematical Sciences)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Grand Valley recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and awards academic credit for scores of 4 or higher on all of the Higher Level (HL) examinations. In order to receive IB credit, the student must request from IB that the scores be sent to Grand Valley.

Equivalency Applies Beginning Spring 2016

(Higher Level results only)

International Baccalaureate Exam

Passing Score

GVSU Equivalency

Credits & General Education Requirement Earned

All Non-English A Language

4

TBD from GVSU world language placement test

TBD

Biology

4

BIO 120 & 2 credits of general BIO

6 (Life Sciences)

Business and Management

4

BUS 101 & 3 credits of general BUS

6

Chemistry

4

8 credits of general CHM or CHM 115/116 with proof of lab experience (9 credits)

8 or 9 (Physical Sciences)

Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish - all level B

4

Awards 8 credits for 101 and 102 level of the language taken

8 and placement into 201 level

Computer Science

4

CIS 150

3

Dance

4

DAN 200

3 (Arts)

Economics

4

ECO 210 & 3 credits of general ECO

6 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

English A - 1

4

ENG 203 for Literature and Language or ENG 105 for Literature only

3 (Philosophy and Literature)

Film

CFV 225

3 (Arts)

Geography

GPY 235 & 324

6 (Social and Behavioral Sciences, World Perspectives)

History: Africa

4

HST 335 & 336

6 (Historical Perspectives, World Perspectives)

History: Americas

4

HST 205 & 206

6 (Historical Perspectives, U.S. Diversity)

History: Europe

4

HST 207 & 208

6 (Historical Perspectives, World Perspectives)

Mathematics

4

MTH 122, 123, & 201

10 (Mathematical Sciences)

Music

4

MUS 130 & 218

6 (Arts)

Philosophy

4

PHI 101 & 102

6 (Philosophy and Literature)

Physics 

4

PHY 220 & 221

10 (Physical Sciences)

Psychology

4

PSY 101 & 3 credits of general PSY

6 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Social Anthropology

4

ANT 204 & 3 credits of general ANT

6 (Social and Behavioral Sciences, World Perspectives)

Theatre Arts

4

CTH 101 & 3 credits of general CTH

6 (Arts)

Visual Arts

4

ART 150 & 155

6 (Arts)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a national program of credit by examination that offers students the opportunity to earn college credits for college-level achievement. Personal reading, on-the-job experience, adult school, or other life experience may prepare students to earn college credit by examination.

• CLEP tests are appropriate for returning adult students, graduating high school seniors, and for currently enrolled college students.

• CLEP credit is applied as two-year college transfer credit.

• Students must earn the last 30 credits toward their degree at Grand Valley; therefore, a student nearing graduation must get a Residency Waiver approved before the exam is taken.

• The student must request that scores be sent to Grand Valley so that credit may be awarded.

College Level Examination Program Exam

Passing Score

GVSU Equivalency

Credits  & General Education Requirement Earned

American Government

50

PLS 102

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

American Literature

50

ENG 225 & 226

6 (Philosophy and Literature)

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

50

WRT general credit (with essay)* (will not satisfy Philosophy and Literature)

4

Calculus

50

MTH 201

4 (Mathematical Sciences)

College Algebra

50

MTH 122~

3 (Mathematical Sciences)

College Composition

50

WRT 150 (submit portfolio for review)*

4 (Writing)

College Composition Modular

50

WRT 150 (submit portfolio for review)*

4 (Writing)

College French Levels 1 & 2

50

FRE 101 & 102

8

College French Levels 1 & 2

62

FRE 101, 102, 201 & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

College German Levels 1 & 2

50

GER 101 & 102

8

College German Levels 1 & 2

63

GER 101, 102, 201 & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

College Spanish Levels 1 & 2

50

SPA 101 & 102

8

College Spanish Levels 1 & 2

63

SPA 101, 102, 201 & 202

16 (World Perspectives)

English Literature

50

ENG 220 & 221

6 (Philosophy and Literature)

Financial Accounting Principles

56

ACC 212

3

General Biology

50

BIO 120 & 121

8 (Life Sciences)

General Chemistry

50

CHM 109

4 (Physical Sciences)

General Chemistry

60

CHM 115

4 (Physical Sciences)

General Chemistry

65

CHM 115 & 116 with review and approval of lab notebook^

9 (Physical Sciences)

History of the U.S. I: Early Colonization until 1877

50

HST 103 (HST 205 if passing score on optional essay)+

3 (Historical Perspectives, U.S. Diversity)

History of the U.S. II: 1865 to Present

50

HST 103 (HST 206 if passing score on optional essay)+

3 (Historical Perspectives, U.S. Diversity)

Human Growth and Development

50

PSY 364

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Humanities

50

General credit

3

Information Systems & Computer Applications

55

Business general credit (CIS 150 if proficiency demonstrated through lab component)#

3

Introduction to Educational Psychology

50

PSY 325

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Introductory Business Law

55

BUS 201

3

Introductory Psychology

50

PSY 101

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Introductory Sociology

50

SOC 201

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Natural Sciences

50

General credit

3

Precalculus

50

MTH 122~

3 (Mathematical Sciences)

Principles of Macroeconomics

52

ECO 210

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Principles of Management

53

MGT 331

3

Principles of Marketing

56

MKT 350

3

Principles of Microeconomics

52

ECO 211

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Social Science and History

50

General credit

3

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

50

HST 102

3 (Historical Perspectives)

Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present

50

HST 102

3 (Historical Perspectives)

* Portfolio must be submitted to the Writing Department for review after passing multiple-choice test. Students MUST pass both the multiple choice and portfolio requirement to receive credit for WRT 150. For more information: gvsu.edu/s/VD

~ Credit will not be given for both college algebra and precalculus. 

^ Must have laboratory notebook reviewed and approved by the chair of the Chemistry Department before CHM 116 credit can be awarded.

+ The optional essay questions are supplied by the Grand Valley History Department and the answers are reviewed by history faculty members. Credit for the 200-level courses will be awarded if a passing score is received on the essay portion. Students MUST pass both the multiple choice and essay portions to receive the 200-level credit.

# For more information: gvsu.edu/s/Vv

Note: Minimum scores and equivalencies are subject to change.

DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

Grand Valley will accept credit for most DSST exams (see below).  There is no limit to the number of DSST credits that can be applied.

  • DSST credit is applied as two-year college transfer credit.
  • Students must earn the last 30 credits toward their degree at Grand Valley; therefore, a student near graduation must get a Residency Waiver approved before the exam is taken. 
  • GVSU DSST school code: 8866.

DSST Exam

Passing Score

GVSU Equivalency

Credits & General Education Requirement Earned

MATH

     

Fundamentals of College Algebra

400

MTH 110

3

Principles of Statistics

400

STA general credit

3

SOCIAL SCIENCES

     

A History of the Vietnam War

400

HST general credit

3

Art of the Western World

400

AH general credit

3 (Arts)

The Civil War and Reconstruction

400

HST general credit

3

Criminal Justice

400

CJ 101

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Foundations of Education

400

no credit

-

Fundamentals of Counseling

400

PSY 452

3

General Anthropology

400

ANT 204

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences; World Perspectives)

Human/Cultural Geography

400

GPY general credit

3

Introduction to Law Enforcement

400

CJ general credit

3

Lifespan Development Psychology

400

PSY 364

3

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

400

HST general credit

3

Substance Abuse

400

no credit

-

BUSINESS

     

Business Ethics and Society

400

MGT 340

3

Business Mathematics

400

no credit

-

Human Resources Management

400

MGT general credit

3

Introduction to Business

400

BUS general credit

3

Introduction to Computing

400

CIS 150

3

Management Information Systems

400

MGT general credit

3

Money and Banking

400

ECO general credit

3

Organizational Behavior

400

MGT general credit

3

Personal Finance

400

FIN 221

3

Principles of Finance

400

FIN general credit

3

Principles of Supervision

400

BUS general credit

3

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

     

Astronomy

400

PHY general credit

3 (Physical Sciences non-lab)

Here's to Your Health

400

BMS 100

3 (Life Sciences non-lab)

Environment and Humanity

400

BIO 105

3 (Life Sciences non-lab)

Principles of Physical Science I

400

NS general credit

3 (Physical Sciences non-lab) 

TECHNOLOGY

     

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

400

CIS 458

3

Technical Writing

400

AH general credit

3

HUMANITIES

     

Ethics in America

400

PHI 102

3 (Philosophy and Literature0

Introduction to World Religions

400

REL 100

3 (Social and Behavioral Sciences; World Perspectives)

Principles of Public Speaking

400

COM 201

3