Credit for Prior Learning-CLEP/ AP/ IB/ DSST
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- Standardized Exams
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced placement exams allow high school students the opportunity to earn college credit. Please contact your high school guidance counselor in regards to AP. If your school does not offer AP you can visit the College Board website for further details. The College Board website offers more information on the exams, how to register, and how to obtain your scores.
• SMSU will only accept AP scores from the official AP transcript. This can be sent to SMSU at the time of your exam or you can request a copy from College Board. http://www.collegeboard.com/testing/
Please visit Transferology for transfer information on AP exams
College – Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CLEP exams offer students of any age the opportunity to earn college credit without taking the course. Please contact SMSU Counseling and Testing Services for more information on CLEP.
SMSU Counseling and Testing Services
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The College Board website also offers additional information on the CLEP exams along with how to request your official score.
• SMSU will only accept CLEP scores from the official CLEP transcript which can be sent to SMSU at the time of your exam or by requesting a copy from College Board.
Please visit Transferology for transfer information on CLEP exams
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students who are enrolled with International Baccalaureate programs will be given credit for higher level examinations. A student will receive 3 or more course credits for scores of 4 or higher on individual Higher Level IB exams.
For more transfer information on the IB program please contact the Registration Office at registrar@SMSU.edu or 507-537-6217
The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) program is a series of examinations in college subjects that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. DANTES funds DSST testing for eligible Service members and personnel at DANTES military Test Centers. The DSSTs are now also available for use by civilians at universities and colleges throughout the country.
For more transfer information on the DANTES exams please contact the Registration Office at registrar@SMSU.edu or 507-537-6217