Credit by Exam

Undergraduate students may earn course credit by demonstrating superior achievement on tests offered through several examination programs. Original copies of scores are required for acceptance and recording credit.

St. Mary’s accepts


Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

AP Examinations are administered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). These examinations are administered each May at high schools that offer Advanced Placement courses. Concerned students should consult a high school counselor for information on these centers and test registration procedure. Scores are reported to the student, their high schools, and to colleges or universities the student requests. Scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 5.

AP exam score requirements
AP Exam Minimum score Semester hours Course number
Art – Studio 4 3 AR 2361 (to be used as elective credit only)
Art – History 4 3 AR 2362 (to be used as elective credit only)
Biology 4 3 BL 1301 (non-Biology majors only)
Calculus AB (or AB subscore on BC exam) 4 4 MT 2412*
Calculus BC 5* 4 MT 2412*
Calculus BC 4 4 MT 2412
Chemistry 5 6 CH 1401 and 1402 (must take 2-hour lab)
Chemistry 4 3 CH 1401 (must take 1-hour lab)
Comparative Government and Politics 5 6 PO 1311 and 1314
Computer Science A 4 3 CS 1310 and 1311
Economics (macro) 3 3 EC 2301
Economics (micro) 3 3 EC 2303
Environmental Science 3 3 ES 1373
History (European and World) 3 6 HS 1351 and 1352
History (U.S.) 3 6 HS 1301 and 1302
Language and Composition 3 3 EN 1311
Literature and Composition 3 3 EN 2321
Modern Languages 5 12 1311, 1313, 2311, 2312 – fulfills foreign language requirements
Modern Languages 4 9 1311, 1312, 2311
Modern Languages 3 6 1311, 1312
Music Theory 3 6 MU 1321 and 1322
Physics Part 1 5 8 PY 1401 and 1402
Physics Part 1 4 4 PY 1401
Physics Part C (Mechanics) 4 3 PY 1401 (must take 1-hour lab)
Physics Part C (Electricity and Magnetism) 4 3 PY 2404 (must take 1-hour lab)
Psychology 5 3 PS 1301
Spanish Literature 5 6 SP 3331 and 3341
U.S. Government 4 3 PO 1311

*Consult Mathematics Department for possible additional credit


College Level Examinations Program (CLEP)

The CLEP is designed to evaluate non-traditional college-level education such as independent study or other experiences outside traditional classrooms. Credit is awarded for these Examinations. Original copy of scores is required for acceptance and recording credit. These examinations are administered at St. Mary’s University Testing Center. Please address inquiries to the Coordinator of Testing Services, St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228, or call 210-436-3135. A fee is charged for the administration of these examinations.

Please note that each school establishes its own requirements for minimum scores and credit awarded.

Students matriculating at St. Mary’s University as freshmen, including transfer students with freshman status, must take the CLEP examination(s) by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students with sophomore or higher status must take the examination no later than their junior year.

Business

CLEP score requirements for Business
Exam Minimum score Hours Course number
Business Law, Introductory 50 3 BA 3351
Financial Accounting 50 3 AC 2310
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 QM 330
Principles of Management 50 3 BA 3325
Principles of Marketing 50 3 MK 3310

Composition and Literature

Note: Essay versions of tests are required once the multiple choice answer part of the test is successfully completed.

CLEP score requirements for Composition and Literature
Exam Minimum score Hours Course number
American Literature (with essay) 57 3 EN 2355
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (with essay) 61 3 EN 2321
English Composition (with essay) 54 3 EN 1311
English Literature (with essay) 60 3 EN 2353 or 2354
Humanities 50 3 Fine Arts credit

Foreign Languages

CLEP score requirements for Foreign Languages
Exam Minimum score Hours Course number
French 62 12 FR 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
French 58 9 FR 1311, 1312, 2311
French 53 6 FR 1311, 1312
French 50 3 FR 1311
German 62 12 GR 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
German 58 9 GR 1311, 1312, 2311
German 54 6 GR 1311, 1312
German 40 3 GR 1311
Spanish 68 12 SP 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
Spanish 58 9 SP 1311, 1312, 2311
Spanish 54 6 SP 1311, 1312
Spanish 54 3 SP 1311

History and Social Sciences

CLEP score requirements for History and Social Sciences
Exam Minimum score Hours Course number
American Government 50 3 PO 1311
Educational Psychology, Introduction to 50 3 Elective only
History of the U.S. I: to 1877 50 3 HS 1301
History of the U.S. II: since 1865 50 3 HS 1302
Human Growth and Development 50 3 Elective only
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 3 EC 2301
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 3 EC 2303
Psychology, Introductory 50 3 PS 1301
Social Sciences and History 50 3 Social Sciences core credit
Sociology, Introductory 50 3 SC 1311
Western Civilization I: to 1648 50 3 HS 1351
Western Civilization II: since 1648 50 3 HS 1352

Science and Mathematics

CLEP score requirements for Science and Mathematics
Exam Minimum score Hours Course number
Biology 50 3 BL 1301 for non-majors
Calculus 50 4 MT 2412
Chemistry 50 3 CH 1304
College Algebra 50 3 MT 1303
Natural Sciences 50 6 Science core requirement
Pre-calculus 50 4 MT 1411
Trigonometry 57 1 MT 1111

 

  • For majors that require MT 1306 Business Calculus, MT 2412 Univariate Calculus I may be substituted.
  • MT 1411 can substitute for MT 1303 in degree programs that require MT 1303.
  • MT 1303 will fulfill the 3-hour core Math requirement.
  • If a student takes a mathematics course at St. Mary’s, such as MT 1303, and receives a grade of WF, F, or D, the student is no longer eligible for CLEP credit in that course.

 


Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Program

The DANTES Program, originally designed for military personnel, is now available to anyone interested. St. Mary’s University grants credit for college level courses. Courses for which credit is awarded must be relevant to the student’s educational program. Original copy of scores must be submitted for acceptance and recording credit. Credit is based on the scores recommended by the American Council on Education. These tests are administered at St. Mary’s University Testing Center. Please address your inquiries to: Jim Willis, Coordinator of Testing Services, St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, Texas 78228, 210-436-3135.


Departmental Examinations

Enrolled St. Mary’s University undergraduate students who believe they are proficient in the content of an undergraduate course for which no examination is regularly offered may be authorized to take a departmental examination.

Credit for departmental examinations may not be earned for a course in which the student is currently enrolled to receive a passing, failing, withdrawal, WX, TF, or P/N grade.

Authorization consists of approval by the Dean of the School for the course for which credit is requested, and approval by the Department Chairperson that teaches the course. The student and a faculty member that teachers the course schedule the testing arrangements. Test requirements and procedures vary with each department.

The student obtains a Credit by Exam form from the Registrar’s Office, St. Louis Hall, Room 104. The student takes the exam, obtains required signatures as indicated on the form, and pays the required fee to the Business Office, St. Louis Hall, Room 24. The fee is $20 per semester hour. This fee is subject to change at any time. The student returns the completed form to the Registrar’s Office and credit is posted to the transcript.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

St. Mary;s University recognizes the high standards of the IB Diploma Program and will award up to 24 semester hours credit scores of 4 or higher to students who received the IB Diploma.

If for some reason students do not wish to take the full IB Diploma Program, they also can participate in individual courses and receive IB Certificates for successful completion of this work. Credit for IB Certificates will be considered for college credit for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the higher level IB examinations.

Credit is recorded on the transcript as credit (CR) earned for St. Mary’s University enrolled students after receiving official transcripts from the school.

Science and Mathematics

CLEP score requirements for Science and Mathematics
Exam Minimum score Hours Course number
Art 4 6 FA 1101, 1102, 1103, AR 1301
Biology 4 6 BL 1301, 1302
Computer Science 4 3 Elective
English 4 6 EN 1311, 3300
History 4 6 HS 1301, 1302, 1351, 1352
Languages 4 12 LN 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
Mathematics 4 4 MT 1411
Music 4 3 MU 1331
Philosophy 4 3 PL 1310
Physics 4 8 PY 1401, 1402
Psychology 4 3 PS 1301
Science 4 3 ST 3300
Sociology 4 3 SC 1311

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