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COLLEGE LEVEL EXAM PROGRAM [CLEP]
GENERAL POLICY

Those attempting to earn credit by examination through CLEP or DANTES should first obtain written approval from the appropriate dean/department chair prior to taking CLEP/DANTES tests to insure credit toward a degree. All test results must be evaluated by the Admissions Office and recorded on a student's transcript if credit is earned. While it is possible to earn academic credit toward graduation for these tests, no grades or quality points are given; therefore, credits earned through credit by examination programs will not affect a student's grade point average. Both the College Level Examination Program and the DANTES Program are administered through University Testing Services. Evaluations are made by the Office of Admissions only after a student has been accepted to the University.

In accordance with CLEP Policy and university guidelines for credit by examination, Fayetteville State University awards credit by examination for successful completion of CLEP examinations subject to the rules and limitations noted in the credit-by-examination policy below:

  1. Students wishing to take a CLEP examination must first obtain written approval from their major department, advisor, and/or appropriate advisement center official.
  2. Credit will not be awarded when equivalent degree credit has been granted for regular course work.
  3. A CLEP examination may not be attempted if the student has completed college work equivalent to or more advanced than the subject material of the exam. 
  4. All CLEP exams will be subject to the statement of policy under which scores were submitted, not the policy at the time the exam was taken.
  5. CLEP exams are recorded without reference to a letter grade and thus are not figured into a student's GPA. 
  6. CLEP credit will not be applicable toward academic residency requirements and therefore may not be awarded as part of the last twelve hours applicable to a degree.  
  7. Credit will not be awarded when equivalent degree credit has been granted for regular course work.
  8. Credit will not be awarded for any course in which a student has previously earned a failing grade.
  9. Duplicate credit will not be awarded for overlapping tests, i.e., CLEP and AP.
  10. The total number of credits by examinations that a student may earn, whether the exams are internally or externally developed, is thirty (30).
  11. Students may not attempt credit by examinations after earning (90) semester hours of study at the university.
  12. Credit by examination may not be attempted if the student has acceptable college credit for more advanced courses, or for courses whose content includes material similar to a course for which college credit has already been received.
SPECIAL NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer credits earned through CLEP and DANTES are evaluated according to FSU standards and not on the basis of what another institution has accepted. In order for the Admissions Office to  evaluate CLEP or DANTES scores accepted for credit at another institution, official transcripts from CLEP/DANTES - not the prior  institution - must be provided. To ensure that test materials are on hand, CLEP and DANTES applications should be received by University Testing Services by the registration deadline.

NOTE:  FSU does NOT accept the Introduction to Public Speaking DANTES exam for credit in Speech.

CLEP TESTING at FSU 

At Fayetteville State University we recognize that many students bring a depth of knowledge to specific subjects. Assuming that an acceptable score is earned on a CLEP examination, FSU grants full degree credit.  The intent of this program is to provide a means by which a student may obtain college credit for knowledge acquired through means other than the traditional college classroom.  We honor such knowledge by accepting the full range of College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.  The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a system of credit by examination sponsored by the College Board.   The Clep Program offers students a method of earning college credit for subject matter already learned. These exams, developed by college faculty nationwide, reflect material usually covered during introductory coursework. The tests are comprehensive and examine the student's understanding and breadth of the subject matter. The College Level Examination Program is comprised of two types of examinations: General and Subject. The General Exams are actually five separate tests - English Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and History. The Subject Exams are offered in five areas - Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Business.


COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE
Composition and Literature
AMERICAN LITERATURE 50 ENGL 321,322 6
ANALYZING & INTERPRETING LITERATURE 50 ENGL 240 3
COMPOSITION, Freshman 50 ENGL 110, 120 6
ENGLISH COMPOSITION (with or without essay) 50 ENGL 110,120 6
ENGLISH LITERATURE 50 ENGL 311,312 6
HUMANITIES 50 HUMN 211,212 6

SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS

SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA 50 MATH 123 3
BIOLOGY 50 BIOL. 110,130 8
CHEMISTRY 50 CHEM.  8
CALCULUS 50 MATH 140 or 142 4
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 50 MATH 120*, 121  6
NATURAL SCIENCES 50 BIOL 110, 130 or 
NSCI 110,120
8
PRE-CALCULUS 50 MATH 124 3

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
FRENCH, LEVEL 1 50 FREN 110, 120 6
FRENCH, LEVEL 2 59 FREN 110, 120, 211, 212 12
GERMAN, LEVEL 1 50 GERM 110, 120 6
GERMAN, LEVEL 2 60 GERM 110, 120, 211, 212 12
SPANISH, LEVEL 1 50 SPAN 110,120 6
SPANISH, LEVEL 2 63 SPAN 110, 120, 211, 212 12

HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES

HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 50 POLI 210 3
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 50 EDUC 350 3
HISTORY OF THE U.S.1: EARLY COLONIZATION TO 1877 50 HIST 211 3
HISTORY OF THE U.S. 11: 1865 TO PRESENT 50 HIST 212 3
HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT 50 EDUC 340 OR PSYC 331 3
MACROECONOMICS, PRINCIPLES OF 50 ECON 211 3
MICROECONOMICS, PRINCIPLES OF 50 ECON 212 3
PSYCHOLOGY, INTRODUCTORY 50 PSYC 210 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE & HISTORY 50 SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 6
SOCIOLOGY, INTRODUCTORY 50 SOCI 210 3
WESTERN CIVILIZATION I: ANCIENT TO NEAR EAST TO 1648 50 HIST 110 3
WESTERN CIVILIZATION II: 1648 TO PRESENT 50 HIST 120 3

BUSINESS

BUSINESS
ACCOUNTING, PRINCIPLES OF  50 ACCT. 211,212 6
INTRODUCTORY BUSINESS LAW 50 BADM 209 3
INFORMATION SYSTEMS  & COMP. APPLICATIONS 50 MIS 300 3
MARKETING, PRINCIPLES OF  50 MKGT 311 3
MANAGEMENT, PRINCIPLES OF  50 MGMT 311 3
  • Six hours credit awarded, although prerequisites FREN 110/120/211/212 will be waived.
  • Six hours credit awarded, although prerequisites SPAN 110/120/211/212 will be waived.
  • Although not equivalent, passing score will fulfill 6 hours of the Humanities requirement. (substitute HIST 110/120).
  • Effective May 1, 2006, the scores for 12 hours of CLEP credit in foreign languages will follow the current recommendation of the American Council on Education.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM

Many high schools offer advanced classes to highly motivated students in conjunction with the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Fayetteville State University awards college credit in most areas for scores of"3" (good), "4" (honors), or "5" (high honors). Students who have taken advanced placement courses in high school and performed satisfactorily on AP Examinations may be granted college credit by examination. To be eligible for credit, students must request the College Board to send an official score report to the Office of Admissions for review.

The following are course credit guidelines for Advanced Placement Examinations:

AP EXAM

MINIMUM SCORE

CREDIT RECEIVED

FSU COURSE FOR CREDIT

STUDIO ART

3

3

ART 210

ART HISTORY

3

3

ART 211

BIOLOGY

3

8

BIOL. 110,130

CALCULUS AB

3

4

MATH 142

CALCULUS BC

3

8

MATH 142,241

CHEMISTRY

3

8

CHEM 140,160

PHYSICS

3

10

PHYS 111,112

COMPUTER SCIENCE A

3

6

CSC 105, 120

MACROECONOMICS

3

3

ECON 211

MICROECONOMICS

3

3

ECON 212

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

3

6

ENGL 110, ENGL 120

MUSIC THEORY

3

6

MUSI 152,281

MUSIC LISTENING/LIT.

3

6

MUSI 351,352

FRENCH

3

6

FREN 311,312*

SPANISH

3

6

SPAN 311,312**

EUROPEAN HISTORY

3

6

HIST 110,120***

U.S. HISTORY

3

6

HIST. 211,212

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