AP Test (Advanced Placement), CLEP, Challenge Exams, and IB (International Baccalaureate) Credit

Western recognizes that many students have challenged themselves in the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Credit can be earned for AP exams, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  Official score reports must be submitted for consideration from AP and CLEP.  An official transcript must be submitted for consideration for IB credit.

The following links provide specific equivalencies for individual tests.  A minimum score of 3 is required for credit to be granted for most Advanced Placement tests (some require a minimum of 4).  Western will grant International Baccalaureate credit for tests with a score of 4 or better.  Western will award a maximum of 18 credits for CLEP exams.

​Challenge Exams

Western will award course credit for prior learning to students who successfully test out of GT Pathways courses by receiving a score equivalent to a grade of C- on a course challenge exam. Challenge exams are created by discipline faculty for GT Pathways courses for which a CLEP exam is not available. A list of GT Pathways courses with challenge exams, as well as challenge exam policies, is available on the Office of the Registrar web page. Western allows a maximum of 18 credits for any combination of CLEP and challenge exams. Credits received through challenge exams will not count toward satisfying Western’s residency requirement. 

  • Student must be enrolled full-time at Western at the time the challenge exam is administered
  • Challenge exams are only available for GT Pathways courses and are not offered if a CLEP exam exists for the course
  • Students must complete challenge exams prior to the completion of 100 credit hours
  • Students may not challenge a course if they have earned credit for higher numbered or subsequent course in the same discipline  
  • The challenge exam must be completed in one sitting, within the time limit imposed by the discipline.
  • Students are not eligible for a challenge exam if they have previously been awarded a grade and credit for the course at Western or any other institution
  • The challenge exam may not be used to replace any course that has previously been transcripted.
  • Students may not challenge a course in which they are currently enrolled
  • A course may only be challenged one time
  • All challenge exams will receive a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory; to achieve a grade of Satisfactory a student must complete the exam with a grade equivalent of C- (70%) or higher; only Satisfactory grades will be recorded on the transcript.
  • Challenge exam credits will count toward graduation requirements, but will not satisfy residency requirements and will not be factored into the Western GPA.
  • There is a $100 fee for each Challenge Exam.