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Credit by Examination

Credit By Examination

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College credit can be earned through three national examination programs: Advanced Placement (AP), the International Baccalaureate Program (IBP) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). In addition, some departments will arrange to provide students the opportunity to earn credit by examination.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Credit is awarded for a performance at the level of four or five on AP examinations offered in high schools under the College Board unless noted otherwise on the AP chart available in the Registrar’s Office. Credit is accepted by most, but not all, departments at Bethel. Specific information regarding transfer of credit can be obtained from the registrar. Credit earned will be recorded as CR.

At most colleges that accept AP credit in foreign languages, a score of 4 or 5 allows the student 8 hour credit (CR) and exemption from the foreign language competency requirement.  In some schools a score of 3 allows the student 4 hours of credit for one semester.

International Baccalaureate Courses (IB)

Bethel College recognizes the International Baccalaureate Program under the following condition: general education credit will be granted for courses in appropriate areas of study provided the student has scored five or higher on the Higher Level (HL) exam. Credit earned will be recorded as CR. The specific credits awarded will be determined by the appropriate academic department. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students with fewer than 16 semester hours of college credit are eligible to receive up to 15 hours of credit by scoring at the “B” level or above according to the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations in the following examinations: business, composition and literature, history and social sciences, science and mathematics and world languages.  There is no limit to the number of courses a student may pass by exam. However, no more than 15 hours of credit will be awarded. See the registrar for details about amount of credit for each examination.

Credit will be granted for CLEP examinations provided the student has not already received credit either through classwork or other testing programs. Information about the use of such credit to meet general education requirements may be obtained from the registrar. Applicability of a course to a major is determined by the academic department and applicability to teacher licensure is determined by the teacher education department. Credit earned will be recorded as CR.

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