Credit By Exam

Advanced Placement

Incoming students who submit Advanced Placement (AP) test scores from the College Board and who achieved satisfactory scores are considered for advanced placement or credit. College credit may be granted for scores ranging between 3 and 5, depending on the subject. See Stevenson AP Tests for details.

For incoming freshmen, the results of these tests are typically received by the Registrar’s Office in mid-July. They are reviewed and, when appropriate, credit is granted. Credit is entered in the student’s record and can be viewed on WebXpress. Transfer students who took AP tests in the past should request their scores be sent to Stevenson from the College Board. For questions about AP credit, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Students may not earn credit from an AP test and the equivalent college course.

International Baccalaureate

Stevenson University values the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and awards credits based on grades in individual standard and higher level subject examinations. Students who have earned an IB diploma will be granted sophomore status and awarded 30 credits that will be applied toward degree requirements. Information about score requirements for particular tests can be found at International Baccalaureate Scores. Credit cannot be awarded for scores at both the standard and higher level of the same subject or for IB and AP scores for the same subject. For questions about IB credit, contact the Registrar’s Office.

CLEP Examinations

CLEP, a program of the College Entrance Examination Board, is a nationwide system of credit-by-examination. Stevenson does grant credit to our students earning Stevenson-designated passing scores on CLEP exams. Students who are interested should contact the Registrar's Office for details about which exams are the equivalent of selected Stevenson courses. If the student achieves the designated passing score on an accepted examination and submits official documentation of the test results, appropriate credit will be awarded. Students may not earn credit for a CLEP test and the equivalent college course. Native speakers may not earn foreign language course credit in their native language.


The DSST exams are taking by students wishing to earn college credit. These exams are available not only to students in the military but to all students who are interested in earning college credit. The DSST exams are administered on military bases (for military students and their spouses) or at a participating institution. Traditional students who wish to use DSST exams to fulfill degree requirements should contact the Registrar's Office for approval.  Stevenson University Online undergraduate students must consult with their success coach. For information and registration, please visit Prometric.