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Credit by Examination

Undergraduate students may earn credit by examination at ASU in a variety of fields. Selected College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations and subject examinations as well as local examinations are administered regularly in the University Credit by Examination Program. Students who submit ACT or SAT scores to the university for admission purposes are eligible for credit in select courses if,

  1. their test scores are high enough to qualify for credit;
  2. they enroll at ASU; and
  3. they satisfactorily complete a fall or spring semester and pass the applicable section of a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment test.

Credit by examination may also be earned through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST exams). Score reports submitted for DSST exams that have not been approved will be sent to the dean of the College of Business for evaluation by the appropriate departments.

All examinations in the Credit by Examination Program are available throughout the year with the exception of the ACT, SAT and some local examinations that have separate established schedules. CLEP examinations are given by appointment.

Advanced registration is required for CLEP examinations. Candidates must register through the Division of Extended Studies at least four weeks prior to the administration date.

Fees are charged for all examinations to cover costs of administration, test materials, scoring and program development. For each local examination, a fee of $20 is charged. For each CLEP subject examination or general examination that is scored by the Educational Testing Service, the fee is $77, payable to CLEP, plus a $20 registration fee payable to ASU. An individual who does not plan to register at ASU and wants to have scores forwarded to another institution must take a CLEP examination that is scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS will forward the score to the designated institution. Since each college or university determines how it will use the CLEP examinations to award credit, individuals are urged to investigate policies of the institution to which they plan to submit their scores. Information concerning the tests the institution recognizes the required scores, essay requirements and other conditions affecting the awarding of credit should be obtained from the institution prior to registering for a CLEP examination.

ASU’s Credit by Examination Program is subject to the following policy guidelines:

A student may take examinations for credit and have scores submitted to the Registrar’s Office prior to enrollment at ASU. However, credit by examination will not be entered on the permanent record until the student has successfully completed a semester or summer term of academic work at ASU. Information about scores required for credit on specific examinations may be obtained from the Division of Extended Studies or the Registrar’s Office.

To receive credit by examination, a student must pass the appropriate examination with a score that qualifies for credit. If a student receives credit by examination for a course and that credit is entered on the student’s permanent record, the student cannot at a later date decide that the credit is no longer desired and have the course removed from his/her transcript. However, a student may repeat a course for which credit by examination was earned by enrolling in a regularly scheduled class and earning a grade for the course that would replace the credit earned by examination.

Prior to registering for a CLEP examination or local examination, ASU students must obtain the approval of the dean of the college in which they are majoring. Once students have registered for the CLEP exam they will have 60 days to take the exam. Normally, students are permitted to receive credit by examination for courses – except when they have completed advanced-level work in a particular field and are seeking additional lower-division credit in the same field.

A student is not allowed to earn credit by examination for any course that the student has a grade of A, B, C, D, F, I, P, CR, NC or AU. Credit by examination may not be earned for a course that is a prerequisite to another course in the same discipline for which the student has already earned credit. When such lower-division courses are required in a student’s degree plan, the student is encouraged to seek a modification in the degree plan, substituting an advanced-level course for the lower-division course.

Credit earned by examination may not be used to reduce the residence requirements in any degree program.

None of the examinations in the university’s Credit by Examination Program may be taken more than one time in a six-month period.

Enhanced American College Test (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

Students scoring 29–31 on the English section of the ACT will receive credit for English 1301. Those scoring 32 or above will receive credit for English 1301 and English 1302. Students scoring 32 or above on the mathematics section will receive credit for Math 1302. Students scoring 29 or above on the science reasoning section will receive four semester credit hours in physical science (non-advanced credit with no ASU equivalent).

Students scoring 630–670 on the verbal section of the SAT will receive credit for English 1301. Those scoring 680 or above will receive credit for English 1301 and 1302. Those scoring 630 or above on the mathematics section will credit for Math 1302.

Students who earn non-advanced, non-equivalent credit in physical science on the basis of ACT scores cannot use this credit for fulfilling major, minor or certification requirements. Any student eligible to receive credit based on ACT or SAT scores must have these scores on file with the Admissions Office prior to the last day of the first semester enrolled. It is the student’s responsibility to provide ACT or SAT scores to the Admissions Office. Test scores cannot be older than five years. The credit will be awarded to the student in the first semester of enrollment. Credit will not be awarded after the student’s first semester at ASU.

Credit by examination may be earned for the following courses. Credit by examination also may be earned for other university courses – with the permission of the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

College-level credit will be awarded as appropriate and reflected in the chart below, but no grade will be assigned. Credit thus awarded will not count as part of the student’s official grade point average.

Angelo State University
Course and Number
Examination Semester
Credit Hours
Art NENA SST SE817 Art of the Western World 3
Bio NENA DSST SE511 Environment and Humanity, no lab  
Biology 1410, 1411 CLEP Biology 8
Business Admin. 1301 DSST SE543, Intro to Business 3
Business Admin. 2345 CLEP Introductory Business Law 3
Chemistry 1411, 1412 CLEP Chemistry 8
Computer Science 1301 Information Systems and Computer App (CLEP) or
DSST SG 536
3
Criminal Justice NENA* DSST SG497, Intro to Law Enforcement 3
Criminal Justice 1301 DSST SF498, Intro to Criminal Justice 3
Economics 2301 CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Economics 2302 CLEP Principles of Microeconomics 3
English 1301**

ACT English section or SAT verbal section or CLEP College
Composition Modular (score of 50-53) with passing essay

3
English 1301, 1302** ACT English section or SAT verbal section or CLEP College
Composition Modular (score of 54 or above)
6
English 2323 + SLIT CLEP English Literature 6
English 2324 + SLIT CLEP American Literature 6
Angelo State University
Course and Number
Examination Semester
Credit Hours
Finance 3362 DSST 550, Personal Finance 3
French 1301, 1302,
2311, 2312
CLEP College French Language 6-12

*Non-equivalent, non-advanced biology, criminal justice, geography, history, kinesiology or management credit earned by passing one of these examinations will not be used for fulfilling major, minor or certification requirements.

**In addition to the CLEP objective test, ASU students must complete and obtain a passing score on an essay that is graded by the university’s English Department.

Angelo State University
Course and Number
Examination Semester
Credit Hours
Geography NENA* DSST SE470, Geography 3
  DSST SF470, Human Cultural Geography 3
Geology 1401 DSST SF519, Physical Geology, no lab 3
German 1301 DSST SE579, Beginning German 3
German 1301, 1302, 2311, 2312 CLEP College German Language 6–12
History NENA* DSST SE469, Intro to the Modern Middle East 3
  DSST SE473, A History of the Vietnam War 3
History 1301 CLEP History of the United States I 3
History 1302 CLEP History of the United States II 3
History 2331 CLEP Western Civilization I 3
History 2332 CLEP Western Civilization II 3
History 3305 DSST SE483, The Civil War and Reconstruction 3
Kinesiology NENA* DSST SF508, Here’s To Your Health          3
Management NENA* DSST SF531, Organizational Behavior 3
  DSST SE532, Principles of Supervision 3
Management NENA* DSST SE530, Personnel/Human Resources Management 3
Management Information Systems 3343 DSST SE551, Management Information Systems 3
Management NENA* DSST SF474, Ethics in America 3
Angelo State University
Course and Number
Examination Semester
Credit Hours
Marketing 3321 CLEP Principles of Marketing 3
Mathematics 1302 CLEP College Algebra or ACT Mathematics
Usage section or SAT Quantitative section
3
Mathematics NENA CLEP Precalculus 3
Mathematics 3321 DSST SF450, Statistics 3
Music 1361 Local Examinations 3
Physical Science NENA* ACT Natural Sciences section or
CLEP General Exam (Natural Sciences)
4
Physical Science 1301 DSST SE512, Intro to Physical Science 3

*Non-equivalent, non-advanced biology, criminal justice, geography, history, kinesiology or management credit earned by passing one of these examinations will not be used for fulfilling major, minor or certification requirements.

**The student who successfully completes the examination in political science must also successfully complete one of the following courses to graduate: Political Science 2301, 3303, 4301 or 4302.

Angelo State University
Course and Number
Examination Semester
Credit Hours
Physics 1301 DSST SF500, Fundamentals of Astronomy 3
Political Science 2302 CLEP American Government 3
Psychology 2301 CLEP Introductory Psychology 3
Psychology 2304 DSST SF490, Lifespan Development Psychology 3
  CLEP Human Growth and Development 3
Psychology 4319 DSST SE495, Substance Abuse 3
Psychology NENA DSST SH562, Fundamentals of Counseling 3
Sociology 2301 CLEP Introductory Sociology 3
Spanish 1301 DSST SF583, Beginning Spanish I 3
Spanish 1302 DSST SF584, Beginning Spanish II 3
Angelo State University
Course and Number
Examination Semester
Credit Hours
Spanish 1301, 1302, 2311, 2312 CLEP College Spanish Language or
Local Examinations
6-12
University Studies 2381 CLEP Humanities (General Examination)
CLEP Social Sciences and History (General Examination)
3

CLEP General Examinations

CLEP general examination scores may be submitted for consideration for credit by individuals who have fewer than 30 semester credit hours, and only in the examination areas in which they have not earned semester credit hours. For example, a first-year student who has earned no semester credit hours in the fine arts (art, theatre, music) may take the CLEP general examination in the humanities and submit the scores for credit.

First-year students at ASU who want to take a CLEP general examination for credit should determine with the dean of their college if they are eligible for the credit sought prior to registering for the examination. Eligibility will be determined according to the courses for which the student has earned credit during the first year.

  1. Credit for physical science (non-advanced credit with no ASU course equivalent) will be allowed if the student has not earned semester credit hours for any chemistry, geology, physical science or physics courses.
  2. Credit for University Studies 2381 (humanities/fine arts) will be given if the student has not earned semester credit hours for any art, music or theatre courses.
  3. Credit for University Studies 2381 (social sciences and history) will be given if the student has not earned semester credit hours in any anthropology, economics, geography, political science, history, psychology or sociology courses.