Credit by Exam (AP, IB, CLEP, AS & A)

College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) Testing

Earn College Credit for What You Already Know

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) gives you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know with qualifying scores on one or more CLEP examinations. These exams test your knowledge of introductory college-level subjects.

Appalachian State University provides credit for successful scores on 23 CLEP exams. The link below lists the exam(s) for which credit is granted, the required score, and the equivalent course you would bypass. The College Board's website provides additional information about CLEP exams, including exam descriptions and test preparation resources: You can also contact your academic advisor to discuss whether CLEP is right for you.

Here is a link to the current ASU CLEP Credit Policy: CLEP 2017-2018 Credit Policy

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

For each AP course taken, an AP Exam is administered at participating schools worldwide. Each AP Exam is given an overall grade of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, with 5 indicating a student who is extremely well qualified to receive college credit and/or advanced placement based on an AP Exam grade.

The ASU AP Credit Policy indicates that the university does not accept any scores lower than “3” and sometimes gives additional credit for scores of “4” or “5.” Take a look at our credit policy by viewing this document: Advanced Placement Credit Policy 2019-2020

AP Scores are acessible online. Each report is cumulative and includes grades for all the AP Exams you have ever taken. If you did not have your scores sent to ASU, it is not too late. Follow the instructions on the AP web site at to have your scores sent to App State (school code 5010). The cost is $15 for each transcript sent or $25 for a "rush" service.

If you have questions concerning your AP Credit, please contact the Office of Transfer Services.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Diploma Program

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), founded in 1968, is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit foundation that works with 1,462 schools worldwide to develop and offer three challenging programs to approximately 200,000 students.

The IBO’s Diploma Program (DP) was also created in 1968. It is a demanding two year, pre-university course of study that leads to examinations. It is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19. Similar to Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program earn credit hours or advanced placement in college courses. Please go to this link to view the current ASU IB Credit Policy: IB Credit Policy 2019-2020

IB grade reports are automatically sent in July to you, your participating high school, and the colleges you designated when you took the exam. ASU receives these scores via email and posts them to your student records here. If you did not designate ASU as a score recipient, you can order them on line from the International Baccalaureate Organization at The cost is $16 per transcript request.

Cambridge International AS & A Levels

Thousands of learners use Cambridge International AS & A Level every year to gain places at leading universities worldwide. Students develop a deep understanding of subjects, as well as independent learning and constructive thinking skills – abilities which universities value highly. Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course, and Cambridge International AS Level is typically one year.

Here is a link to the current ASU AS & A Levels credit policy: Cambridge Credit Policy 2018-2019