Credit by Examination: Academic Year 2021-22

Credit by examination policies are reviewed annually and are subject to change for the following academic year. The following policies are for students who matriculate during 2021-2022.

Examinations Administered in High School

SMU grants credit and placement for scores of 4 or 5 on most Advanced Placement examinations taken in high school (see 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 toward the 60 resident hours required for an SMU degree.

The Common Curriculum allows students to satisfy up to three (3) Common Curriculum Breadths with Advanced Placement credits or other test credits and/or post-high school transfer work. Additional credits may apply to an SMU degree through major or minor requirements or elective coursework.

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.

Note: In response to school closings due to the impact of COVID-19, the College Board AP Exams were administered online in May 2020. SMU recognizes both the need for these changes and the effort that students already made in these challenging courses. The university remains committed to granting academic credit to students for the successful completion of 2020 AP Exams.

AP Examination

Scores

Credits

Course(s) Credited

Common Curriculum Component or Graduation Proficiency Satisfied

Art

4, 5

3 hours

ASDR 1300/ASPH 1300/ASPT 1300 (student’s choice)

CA Breadth

Art History

4, 5

6 hours

ARHS 1303, ARHS 1304

HC Breadth

Biology

4, 5

4 hours

BIOL 1302/BIOL 1102

ES Breadth

Chemistry

5

4 hours

CHEM 1303/CHEM 1113

ES Breadth

Computer Science A

4, 5

3 hours

CS 1341

None

Economics:

Macro

4, 5

3 hours

ECO 1312

None

Micro

4, 5

3 hours

ECO 1311

None

English Language/C or Literature/C

4, 5

6 hours

WRTR 10XX, WRTR 10YY

None

Environmental Science

4, 5

3 hours

GEOL 1315

ES Breadth

European History

4, 5

6 hours

HIST 20AA

HIST 20BB

None

None

Human Geography

4, 5

3 hours

HUM 10XX (3 hours)

None

Languages (Language or Literature):

Chinese Language/Culture

4, 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: required to take the departmental placement exam for course level placement. Upon completion of the course with a grade of C or above, the student will receive retroactive credit for the preceding beginning (and intermediate, if applicable) courses.

French

4, 5

German

4, 5

Italian

4, 5

Japanese Language/Culture

4, 5

Latin

4, 5

Spanish

4, 5

Mathematics:

Calculus AB

4, 5

3 hours

MATH 1337

Quantitative Reasoning Foundation

Calculus BC

3 if AB sub-score of 4

3 hours

MATH 1337

Quantitative Reasoning Foundation

Calculus BC

4, 5

6 hours

MATH 1337, MATH 1338

Quantitative Reasoning Foundation

Physics:

Physics 1

4, 5

3 hours

SCI 10XX (3 hours)

With one lab PHYS 1105 = ES Breadth

Physics 2

4, 5

3 hours

SCI 10YY (3 hours)

With one lab PHYS 1105 = ES Breadth

Physics C (Mech)

4, 5

3 hours

PHYS 1303 or PHYS 1307

With one lab PHYS 1105 = ES Breadth

Physics C (E&M)

4, 5

3 hours

PHYS 1304 or PHYS 1308

With one lab PHYS 1106 = ES Breadth

Psychology

4, 5

3 hours

PSYC 1300

SB Breadth

Statistics

4, 5

3 hours

STAT 2331

Quantitative Reasoning Foundation

U.S. Government:

American

4, 5

3 hours

PLSC 1320

SB Breadth

Comparative

4, 5

3 hours

PLSC 1340

SB Breadth

U.S. History

4,5

6 hours

HIST 20XX, HIST 20YY

None

World History

4, 5

3 hours

HUM 10YY (3 hours)

None

Notes:

● 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

Course(s) 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

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, Auditions and Portfolio Review

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 credit 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 credit hours.

Physics. The Physics Department offers placement exams for PHYS 1303 and PHYS 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 PHYS 1304 courses. The department does not allow test credit for labs (e.g., PHYS 1105, PHYS 1106, PHYS 4311). 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
  • MATH 1309 - Introduction to Calculus for Business and Social Science
    (suggested preparation = one full year of high school calculus)
  • MATH 1337 - Calculus I
    (suggested preparation = one full year of high school calculus)
  • MATH 1338 - Calculus II

Computer Science. The Department of Computer Science offers a credit exam for CS 1341 - Principles of Computer Science that must be taken prior to initial enrollment. Please contact Beth Minton, Computer Science Department Coordinator, for more information at minton@smu.edu.

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.

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.

The Common Curriculum allows students to satisfy up to three (3) Common Curriculum Breadths with Advanced Placement credits or other test credits and/or post-high school transfer work. Additional credits may apply to an SMU degree through major or minor requirements or elective coursework.

  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. Students will not be awarded credit for standard-level exams.

    IB HL Examination

    Scores

    Credits

    Course(s) Credited

    Common Curriculum Component or Graduation Proficiency Satisfied

    Biology

    5, 6, 7

    4 hours

    BIOL 1302/BIOL 1102

    ES Breadth

    Chemistry

    7

    4 hours

    CHEM 1303/CHEM 1113

    ES Breadth

    Economics

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    ECO 1311, ECO 1312

    None

    Film

    5, 6, 7

    3 hours

    FILM 10XX

    None

    Geography

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    HUMA 10XX, 10YY

    None

    History:


    Africa

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    HIST 10XX, 10YY

    None

    Americas

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    HIST 10XX, 10YY

    None

    Asia and Oceania

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    HIST 10XX, 10YY

    None

    Europe, Islamic World

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    HIST 20AA, HIST 20BB

    None

    Europe, Middle East

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    HIST 10XX, 10YY

    None

    Language A:


    English A Literature

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    WRTR 10XX, WRTR 10YY

    None

    All other languages

    5, 6, 7

    8 hours

    1401, 1402

    Second Language Foundation

    Language B

    5, 6, 7

    8 hours

    1401, 1402

    None

    English B

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    LANG 10XX, 10YY

    None

    Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    MATH 1337, STAT 2331

    Quantitative Reasoning Foundation

    Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches

    5, 6, 7

    3 hours

    MATH 1337

    Quantitative Reasoning Foundation

    Physics

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    PHYS 1303, PHYS 1304

    With lab PHYS 1105 and PHYS 1106= ES Breadth

    Psychology

    5, 6, 7

    6 hours

    PSYC 1300, 10XX

    SBS Breadth

  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 O-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 Division.

  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.

Notes:

  • 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.
  • 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.