Credit by examination policies are reviewed annually and are subject to change for the following academic year. 

Examinations Administered in High School

SMU grants credit and placement for Advanced Placement examinations taken in high school according to the table below. Credit will be awarded only for exams taken while in high school. AP test scores are evaluated and SMU course credit is assigned based on the articulation policies in effect for the term students matriculate to the University, regardless of when the test was taken.

Students may not receive credit for an AP exam, an International Baccalaureate exam and a college course covering the same subject matter; i.e., the course equivalency will only be awarded once. Students may decline all or part of their test credit in favor of taking the equivalent credit at SMU; declining credit is an irrevocable declaration. Credit granted by SMU is not considered resident credit and does not count towards the 60 resident hours required for an SMU degree.

An official copy of test results must be sent from the testing agency to the University Registrar’s Office for credit. To facilitate advising and enrollment, students should submit their official scores no later than the first day of class.

AP Examination

Accepted Score

Credits Awarded

Course(s) Credited

University Curriculum Component Satisfied

Art 4 or 5 3 Hours ASDR 1300, ASPH 1300, or
ASPT 1300 (student’s choice)
CA Breadth
Art History 4 or 5 6 Hours ARHS 1303, 1304 HC Breadth
Biology 4 or 5 4 Hours BIOL 1302/1102 SE Breadth
Chemistry 5
4 Hours CHEM 1303/1113 SE Breadth
Computer Science A 4 or 5 3 Hours CSE 1341 None
Economics: Macro 4 or 5 3 Hours ECO 1312 None
Economics: Micro 4 or 5 3 Hours ECO 1311 / PREX 4002 QR Proficiency
English Lng/C or Lit/C 4 or 5 6 Hours DISC 1311, 1312 Partial Foundation
Environmental Science 4 or 5 3 Hours GEOL 1315 SE Breadth
European History 4 or 5 6 Hours HIST 2365
None


HIST 2366
HC Breadth
Human Geography 4 or 5 3 Hours HUM 10XX None
Language: Chinese 4 or 5

Score of 4: credit for 1401 and 1402, and placement in the 3rd term course.

Score of 5: credit for 1401 and 1402, and placement in the 4th term course; and, credit for 3rd term course upon successful completion of the 4th term course.

Score of 4 or 5: encouraged to take the departmental placement assessment as score on the departmental test may qualify a student for a higher placement and additional credit than the AP score.

Score of 3: encouraged to take the departmental placement exam for possible placement in either 2nd term or 3rd term course. If placed in the 2nd term course, upon successful completion student will receive credit for 1st term course. If placed in the 3rd term course, and upon successful completion student will receive credit for the 1st and 2nd term courses.

Language: French 4 or 5
Language: German 4 or 5
Language: Italian
4 or 5
Language: Japanese Language & Culture 4 or 5
Language: Latin 4 or 5
Language: Spanish 4 or 5
Math: Calculus AB 4 or 5 3 Hours MATH 1337 Quantitative Foundation
Math: Calculus BC 3 if AB
subscore of 4
3 Hours MATH 1337 Quantitative Foundation
Math: Calculus BC 4 or 5 6 Hours MATH 1337, 1338 Quantitative Foundation
Physics 1 4 or 5 3 Hours SCI 10XX With one lab PHYS 1105 = SE Breadth
Physics 2 4 or 5 3 Hours SCI 10YY With one lab PHYS 1105 = SE Breadth
Physics C (Mech)
4 or 5 3 Hours
PHYS 1303 or 1307
With one lab PHYS 1105 = SE Breadth
Physics C (E&M)
4 or 5 3 Hours
PHYS 1304 or 1308
With one lab PHYS 1106 = SE Breadth
Psychology 4 or 5 3 Hours PSYC 1300 IIC Breadth
Statistics 4 or 5 3 Hours STAT 2331 Quantitative Foundation
U.S. Govt: American 4 or 5 3 Hours PLSC 1320 IIC Breadth
U.S. Govt: Comparative 4 or 5 3 Hours PLSC 1340 IIC Breadth
U.S. History 4 or 5 6 Hours HIST 2311, 2312 IIC Breadth
World History 4 or 5 3 Hours HUM 10YY None

Notes

● AP credit in the sciences may be used to satisfy the Science and Engineering breadth requirement of the University Curriculum. The UC’s Natural and Applied Science depth requirement must be satisfied through coursework at SMU or through transfer credit of a science course with lab from an accredited college or university.

● Physics does not award placement credit for labs.

● Duplicate credit is not allowed toward an SMU degree. Students who enroll in classes that duplicate Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other test credit awards will lose these credits after the fifth day of the term. Once credit is revoked, it may not be awarded again. Students must report any credit by exam no later than the end of their first term of enrollment.

 

College-Level Examination Program

SMU gives credit for CLEP subject examinations based on the specified minimum scores below:

CLEP Exam Score (out of 80) Credits Awarded Course Credited
American Literature 60 3 Hours ENGL 20XX
English Literature 60 3 Hours ENGL 20YY
Macro Economics 60 3 Hours ECO 1312
Micro Economics 60 3 Hours ECO 1311 / PREX 4002
CLEP credit granted by SMU is not considered resident credit and does not count towards the 60 resident hours required for an SMU degree.

SMU Departmental Examinations

SMU also awards credit for departmental examinations offered in a variety of disciplines. Such SMU credit may not transfer automatically to other universities. Credit for examinations awarded by other institutions will not transfer to SMU. Credit awarded through SMU department exams, auditions and portfolio reviews is considered resident credit.

World Languages

All students whose native language is English are required to take a language placement examination. Scores on these examinations determine the world language competency of entering students so that they may be placed in classes appropriate to their level of achievement and degree program. Students may not enroll in a course below the level of their placement. When the student has successfully completed the course with a grade of C or above, the student will retroactively earn up to 16 term hours of University credit for the preceding courses in the beginning and intermediate levels of the language sequence. Students must enroll in the world language courses for a letter grade (not pass/fail) for the course to serve as a basis for granting retroactive credit. Language courses taken at other institutions cannot be used as a basis for granting retroactive credit. Although students may earn retroactive credit in more than one language, the maximum aggregate credit involving more than one language allowed to count toward graduation is 16 term hours.

Physics

The Physics Department offers placement exams for PHYS 1303 and 1304. The placement exam, which must be taken in the first term that the student enrolls at SMU, is based on the final exam in the PHYS 1303 and 1304 courses.

The Physics Department does not allow test credit for labs (e.g., PHYS 1105, 1106, 4211). The essential element of the lab is the hands-on experience; therefore, substitutes will not be accepted.

Mathematics

Math credit exams are offered for the courses listed below and must be taken prior to initial enrollment. Calculators are not permitted on these exams, except for MATH 1307. Students interested in credit exams for courses beyond this level may contact the Mathematics Department.

MATH 1307 Introduction to Mathematical Sciences (3 credits)
MATH 1309 Introduction to Calculus for Business/Social Sciences (3 credits)
(suggested preparation = one full year of high school calculus)
MATH 1337 Calculus I (3 credits)
(suggested preparation = one full year of high school calculus)
MATH 1338 Calculus II (3 credits)

Computer Science

The Computer Science and Engineering Department offers a credit exam for CSE 1341 Principles of Computer Science I that must be taken prior to initial enrollment.

Music

All entering undergraduate students (except transfer students from 4-year NASM schools) are required to take entrance examinations in written music theory and musicianship before classes begin. The date and time of these exams are listed in the “Orientation Schedule” published by the Division of Music each year and emailed to students. Students are advised to make appropriate end-of-summer plans to be present and on time for these exams. Students must be available for the entire testing period, and these exams cannot be made up once the semester begins. Since the exams are used for course section placement, all students are required to take the exams whether or not they are seeking credit by examination.

All music degrees require coursework in Class Piano. Prospective music majors with no formal piano study should enroll directly in Class Piano during their first semester. Prospective music majors with any amount of formal piano study must be tested individually for placement into the appropriate Class Piano course. Scheduling information for these tests is provided in the “Orientation Schedule” published by the Division of Music each year and emailed to students.

Credit for Military Veterans

Students who are military veterans and completed recruit training in the service may receive 2 hours of credit to satisfy the Personal Responsibility and Wellness  component of the University Curriculum.  The course credits awarded are:

PRW 1199 PRW I: Concepts of Wellness for Veterans(1 credit hour)
For military veterans who through their military service have met the requirements for PRW I.
PRW 2199 PRW II: Physical Fitness for Veterans(1 credit hour)
For military veterans who through their military service have met the requirements for PRW II.

 

International Certificate Programs

SMU grants credit for the successful completion of the international certificate programs listed below. Credit granted by SMU is not considered resident credit and does not count towards the 60 resident hours required for an SMU degree. In certain cases, departmental examinations may be required as a part of the evaluation process.

  1. The International Baccalaureate
    Six to eight credits will be awarded for scores of 5, 6 or 7 on International Baccalaureate higher level exams in transferable subjects, with a maximum award of 32 credits. Credits will not be awarded for standard-level exams.

    IB HL Examination

    Scores

    # of Credits

    Course(s) Credited

     UC Component Satisfied

    Biology 5, 6 or 7 4 Hours BIOL 1302/1102 SE Breadth
    Chemistry 7 4 Hours CHEM 1303/1113 SE Breadth
    Economics 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours ECO 1311 / PREX 4002, ECO 1312 QR Proficiency
    Film 5, 6 or 7
    3 Hours FILM 10XX  
    Geography 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours HUM 10XX, HUM 10YY None
    History:


     
    Africa 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours HIST 10XX, 10YY None
    Americas 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours HIST 10XX, 10YY
    None
    Asia and Oceania 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours HIST 10XX, 10YY
    None
    Europe, Islamic World 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours HIST 2365, 2366
    HC Breadth
    Europe, Middle East 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours HIST 10XX, 10YY
    HC Breadth
    Language A:


     
    English A Literature 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours DISC 1311, 1312 Partial Foundation
    All other languages 5, 6 or 7 8 Hours 1401, 1402 Second Language Foundation
    Language B 5, 6 or 7 8 Hours 1401, 1402 Second Language Foundation
    English B
    5, 6 or 7 6 Hours LANG 10XX, 10YY None
    Mathematics 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours MATH 1337, STAT 2331 Quantitative Foundation
    Physics 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours PHYS 1303, 1304 With both labs PHYS 1105 and 1106 = SE Breadth
    Psychology 5, 6 or 7 6 Hours PSYC 1300, 10XX IIC Breadth

    *Students will be awarded credit only for Higher-Level IB Exams. Standard-Level IB Exams will NOT be awarded credit. Students may be awarded a maximum of 32 IB credits.

  2. The General Certificate of Education A-Level (United Kingdom)
    Six to eight credits will be awarded for grades of A and B on A-level exams in transferable subjects, with a maximum award of 32 credits. Credits will not be awarded for a grade of C, or for 0-level and AS-level exams. Credit awards for the Art and Design A, High-Level exam are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by SMU's Art Department. 

  3. The Baccalaureate (France)
    Six to eight credits will be awarded for scores of 11 or above, with a maximum award of 32 credits.

  4. The Abitur (Germany)
    Six to eight credits will be awarded for scores of 7 or above on each of the written exams in transferable subjects, with a maximum award of 32 credits. Credits will not be awarded for oral exams.

  5. The Italian Maturita (Italy)
    For the Maturita Tecnica, Classica, Scientifica, and/or Linguistica, credits will be awarded for scores of 6 or above in transferable subjects, with a maximum award of 32 credits.

NOTE:

  • The Language A exam is typically taken in the native language of the student
  • Language B is a second, third or fourth language studied by the student.
  • For “all other languages” under Language A and for Language B, the course prefix will match the world language completed.
  • IB credit in the sciences may be used to satisfy the Science and Engineering breadth requirement of the University Curriculum. The UC's Natural and Applied Science depth requirement must be satisfied through coursework at SMU or through transfer credit of a science course with lab from an accredited college or university. 
  • Physics does not award IB credit for labs.
  • Students enrolled in courses at SMU for which IB credit has previously been awarded will have the IB credit rescinded, and the grade in the course will count toward the student’s SMU GPA. Students are responsible for knowing and reporting their IB scores to SMU to prevent duplicate enrollment.