Credit by Exam and Dual Credit
You can earn credit prior to attending WKU in a variety of ways including the Advanced Placement Program (AP), ACT and SAT, dual credit, and the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). Please refer to the sections below for information regarding how to earn credit from each program.
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
WKU awards college credit through the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board.
You are eligible to receive credit from the AP examinations listed below upon attaining
a minimum score of a 3. To send your AP scores to WKU, use the code AP-1901. The
Office of Admission notifies students of their eligibility for credit upon receiving
an application for admission and the official AP score report. Students will receive
credit during the first semester of enrollment. Please click here to see how many credits you will receive and the equivalent WKU courses.
Chinese Language & Culture
Computer Science A
English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition
French Language & Culture
German Language & Culture
Government & Politics- Comparative
Government & Politics- U.S.
Italian Language & Culture
Japanese Language & Culture
Physics C Electricity & Magnetism
Physics C Mechanics
Spanish Language & Culture
Spanish Literature & Culture
Studio Art- 2D
Studio Art- 3D
Studio Art- Drawing
You may earn college credit through Dual Credit courses taken during high school. In order to receive credit at WKU for Dual Credit courses, you must request official transcripts to be sent to WKU from the college or university where the course was taken. Please use the Transfer Credit Articulation tool to see how your credits will transfer. From the dropdown menu, select the institution where you received credits and click submit. For questions, please contact the WKU Transfer Center.
American College Testing Program (ACT)
A student scoring 29 or above on the English section of the ACT may be awarded three credit hours for English 100. A student who earns credit for English 100 on the ACT may not receive additional credit for English 100 through other examination programs.
A student scoring 26 or above on the Math section of the ACT may be awarded three credit hours for Math 116. A student who earns credit for Math 116 on the ACT may not receive additional credit for Math 116 through other examination programs.
To send your ACT scores to WKU, use the code ACT-1562. The Office of Admission will notify applicants who qualify for academic credit on the basis of the ACT scores.
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
A student scoring 650 or above on the verbal section of the SAT may be awarded three credit hours for English 100. A student who earns credit for English 100 on the SAT may not receive additional credit for English 100 through other examination programs.
To send your SAT scores to WKU, use the code SAT-1901. The Office of Admission will notify applicants who qualify for academic credit on the basis of the SAT scores.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
WKU recognizes the IB program completed in high school. Credit will be awarded by earning the required score in a specific subject. To receive credit the student must furnish an official IB transcript to the Office of Admissions issued directly from the New York office of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Please click here for specific information about required IB scores and WKU course equivalencies.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Students may register for CLEP examinations at WKU by contacting the Counseling and Testing Center. CLEP exams are offered in a variety of subject areas and it is recommended that you speak with the Honors Academic Advisor before registering for CLEP exams. Please click here for information about required CLEP scores and WKU course equivalencies.
Departmental examinations developed by WKU departmental faculty committees
Departments may offer departmental exams in courses at their discretion. It is recommended that you speak with the Honors Academic Advisor before registering for Departmental exams. For information regarding departmental exams, please contact the department through which you wish to seek departmental credit by exam opportunities.
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