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External Exam Credit

Students may earn general education or lower-division major credits by taking a CSU-accepted external examination in place of a course. The CSU faculties have determined the passing scores, minimum units of cred​it earned, and certification area (for General Education Breadth and/or U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals) of standardized external examinations, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)​. Each campus in the California State University system determines how it will apply credits earned by external examinations toward the degree major. Contact a campus admissions office for more information.​​

Disclaimer: All information provided here is for academic year 2020-21. Information is current as of June 2020 and subject to change without prior notice. Please visit the CSU campus websites or contact a specific campus for up-to-date information.


Exam Type



Exam Name

American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area



 

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AP Art History
3
6
3
C1 or C2-12/18/2008
AP Art History
3
6
3
C1Fall 20098/12/2008
AP Biology
3
6
4
B2+B3-8/12/2008
AP Calculus AB
3
3
3
B4-8/12/2008
AP Calculus BC
3
6
3
B4-8/12/2008
AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore
3
3
3
B4-5/10/2010
AP Chemistry
3
6
4
B1+B3-8/12/2008
AP Chemistry
3
6
6
B1+B3Fall 20098/12/2008
AP Chinese Language and Culture
3
6
3
C2-8/12/2008
AP Comparative Government & Politics
3
3
3
D8-8/12/2008
AP Computer Science A
3
3
0
n/a-8/12/2008
AP Computer Science AB
3
6
0
n/a-8/12/2008
AP Computer Science Principles
3
6
3
B4-8/2019
AP Computer Science Principles
3
6
0
n/aFall 20194/21/2017
AP English Language
3
6
3
A2-8/12/2008
AP English Language and Composition
3
6
3
A2-1/30/2015
AP English Literature
3
6
6
A2+C2-8/12/2008
AP English Literature and Composition
3
6
6
A2+C2-1/30/2015
AP Environmental Science
3
4
4
B1+B312/18/2008
AP Environmental Science
3
4
4
B1+B3, B2+B3Fall 20098/12/2008
AP European History
3
6
3
C2 or D6-5/10/2010
AP European History
3
6
3
D6Spring 20098/12/2008
AP French Language
3
6
3
C2Fall 20118/12/2008
AP French Language
3
6
6
C2Fall 20098/12/2008
AP French Language and Culture
3
6
3
C2-1/30/2015
AP German Language
3
6
3
C2Fall 20118/12/2008
AP German Language
3
6
6
C2Fall 20098/12/2008
AP German Language and Culture
3
6
3
C2-1/30/2015
AP Human Geography
3
3
3
D5-8/12/2008
AP Italian Language and Culture
3
6
3
C2-8/12/2008
AP Japanese Language and Culture
3
6
3
C2-8/12/2008
AP Latin
3
6
3
C21/30/2015
AP Latin Literature
3
6
3
C2Fall 20098/12/2008
AP Latin: Virgil
3
3
3
C2Fall 20128/12/2008
AP Macroeconomics
3
3
3
D2-8/12/2008
AP Microeconomics
3
3
3
D2-8/12/2008
AP Music Theory
3
6
3
C1Fall 20098/12/2008
AP Physics 1
3
4
4
B1+B3-4/1/2014
AP Physics 2
3
4
4
B1+B3-4/1/2014
AP Physics B
3
6
4
B1+B3Fall 20158/12/2008
AP Physics B
3
6
6
B1+B3Fall 20095/10/2010
AP Physics C (electricity/magnetism)
3
4
4
B1+B3-8/12/2008
AP Physics C (mechanics)
3
4
4
B1+B3-8/12/2008
AP Psychology
3
3
3
D9-8/12/2008
AP Seminar
3
3
0
n/a-1/30/2015
AP Spanish Language
3
6
3
C2-8/12/2008
AP Spanish Language
3
6
6
C2Spring 20145/10/2010
AP Spanish Language and Culture
3
6
3
C2-1/30/2015
AP Spanish Literature
3
6
3
C2-8/12/2008
AP Spanish Literature
3
6
6
C2Spring 20145/10/2010
AP Spanish Literature and Culture
3
6
3
C2-1/30/2015
AP Statistics
3
3
3
B4-8/12/2008
AP Studio Art
3
3
0
n/aFall 20108/12/2008
AP Studio Art - 2D
3
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
AP Studio Art - 3D
3
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
AP Studio Art - Drawing
3
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
AP U.S. Government and Politics
3
3
3
D8+US-2-12/18/2008
AP U.S. Government and Politics
3
3
3
D8Fall 20098/12/2008
AP U.S. History
3
6
3
(C2 or D6)+US-1-12/18/2008
AP U.S. History
3
6
3
D6Fall 20098/12/2008
AP World History
3
6
3
C2 or D6-12/18/2008
AP World History
3
6
3
D6Fall 20098/12/2008
AP World History Modern
3
3
3
C2 or D8/2019
CLEP American Government
50
3
3
D8-5/10/2010
CLEP American Literature
50
3
3
C2-5/10/2010
CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
50
3
3
C2-5/10/2010
CLEP Biology
50
3
3
B2-5/10/2010
CLEP Calculus
50
3
3
B4-5/10/2010
CLEP Calculus
51
3
0
n/aFall 20098/12/2008
CLEP Chemistry
50
3
3
B1-5/10/2010
CLEP Chemistry
48
3
0
n/aFall 20098/12/2008
CLEP College Algebra
50
3
3
B4-5/10/2010
CLEP College Algebra - Trigonometry
50
3
3
B4-5/10/2010
CLEP College Composition
50
0
0
n/a-4/21/2017
CLEP College Composition – Modular
50
0
0
n/a-4/21/2017
CLEP College Mathematics
50
0
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP English Composition (no essay)
50
0
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP English Composition with essay
50
0
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP English Literature
50
3
3
C2Fall 20115/10/2010
CLEP Financial Accounting
50
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP French Level I
50
6
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP French Level II
59
9
3
C24/21/2017
CLEP French Level II
59
12
3
C2Fall 20155/10/2010
CLEP Freshman College Composition
50
0
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP German Level I
50
6
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP German Level II
60
9
3
C2-4/21/2017
CLEP German Level II
60
12
3
C2Fall 20155/10/2010
CLEP History, United States I
50
3
3
D6+US-1-5/10/2010
CLEP History, United States II
50
3
3
D6+US-1-5/10/2010
CLEP Human Growth and Development
50
3
3
E-5/10/2010
CLEP Humanities
50
3
3
C2-5/10/2010
CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications
50
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology
50
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP Introductory Business Law
50
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP Introductory Psychology
50
3
3
D9-5/10/2010
CLEP Introductory Sociology
50
3
3
D0-5/10/2010
CLEP Natural Sciences
50
3
3
B1 or B2-5/10/2010
CLEP Pre-Calculus
50
3
3
B4-5/10/2010
CLEP Principles of Accounting
50
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics
50
3
3
D2-5/10/2010
CLEP Principles of Management
50
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP Principles of Marketing
50
3
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP Principles of Microeconomics
50
3
3
D2-5/10/2010
CLEP Social Sciences and History
50
0
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP Spanish Level I
50
6
0
n/a-5/10/2010
CLEP Spanish Level II
63
9
3
C2-4/21/2017
CLEP Spanish Level II
63
12
3
C2Fall 20155/10/2010
CLEP Trigonometry
50
3
3
B4Fall 20065/10/2010
CLEP Western Civilization I
50
3
3
C2 or D6-5/10/2010
CLEP Western Civilization II
50
3
3
D6-5/10/2010
IB Biology HL
5
6
3
B2-5/11/2009
IB Chemistry HL
5
6
3
B1-5/11/2009
IB Economics HL
5
6
3
D2-5/11/2009
IB Geography HL
5
6
3
D5-5/11/2009
IB History (any region) HL
5
6
3
C2 or D6-5/11/2009
IB Language A: Language and Literature HL
4
6
3
C2-4/1/2014
IB Language A: Literature HL
4
6
3
C2-4/1/2014
IB Language A1 (any language) HL
4
6
3
C2Fall 20135/11/2009
IB Language A2 (any language) HL
4
6
3
C2Fall 20135/11/2009
IB Language B (any language) HL
4
6
0
n/a-5/11/2009
IB Mathematics HL
4
6
3
B4-5/11/2009
IB Physics HL
5
6
3
B1-5/11/2009
IB Psychology HL
5
6
3
D9-5/11/2009
IB Theatre HL
4
6
3
C1-5/11/2009
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For more information on the CSU External Exams Policy download a copy of the CSU Systemwide Credit for External Examinations in PolicyStat.​


1These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100​ for details.

2Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org. Numerical subcategories for Area D were removed and no longer apply effective 4/11/2018 but are provided for historical reference.

3Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

4If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g., two exams in French), then only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered "Level I" and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; the higher score listed for each test is considered "Level II" and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth, as noted.

5The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers. Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.

6If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate.

7Students who pass AP Environmental Science earn 4 units of credit. Tests prior to Fall 2009 may apply either to B1+B3 or B2+B3 of GE Breadth. Fall of 2009 or later, those credits may only apply to B1+B3.

8If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.​