Number of Credits Allowable
A maximum of one-fourth of the credits required for graduation in the student's total degree program may be earned by any type of credit by exam. In addition, no more than one-half of the requirements for a major or minor can be fulfilled by credit by exam. Departments may further limit the number of credits by exam allowed for a major or minor.
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and CLEP exams result in a grade of CR for credit, so they do not affect the grade point. Department examinations can be taken for a grade or on the S/U basis. If a student earns an S, the credits by exam are included in the 12-credit limit on S/U courses.
Credit by exam is not transferable from one university to another. Students who have taken AP or CLEP exams and then transfer to UW-Eau Claire must have their scores sent to UWEC for evaluation. Departmental credit by examination cannot normally be transferred from any other institution to UWEC.
TYPES OF CREDIT BY EXAM
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) has two types of examinations.
General exams, which UW-Eau Claire accepts in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities are Interdisciplinary. Students must take them prior to completing 15 credits of college work
Course-equivalent examinations can be taken any time before enrolling in the equivalent course or in a higher-level course in the discipline.
- Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Examinations are taken by high school students, and their scores are reported to UW-Eau Claire, where they typically are evaluated before the students' enrollment.
- DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are typically taken prior to enrolling at UW-Eau Claire. Course-equivalent examinations can be taken at any time before enrolling in the equivalent course or higher level course in the discipline.
- Departmental credit by exam is offered by some UW-Eau Claire academic departments, who write and administer the tests.