Advanced Placement (AP) & CLEP

The University of Sioux Falls awards advanced standing credit through several programs. In consultation with faculty advisors, all credits accepted are applied toward completion of major or elective requirements. Course equivalencies shown are used as guidelines in the process and are subject to change.  No grades will be indicated for AP or CLEP credit on the transcript other than “Pass.”

During registration, students are encouraged to register for classes according to the guidelines for advanced credit and the scores they expect to achieve. If actual scores are different from those anticipated, class schedules may be adjusted accordingly after arrival on campus.  Official test reports must be provided to the Registrar’s Office prior to the beginning of a student’s first semester at USF.

Credit will not be granted for any AP or CLEP exam for which college credit has already been earned.

No more than one-third of any student’s credit toward graduation can be earned through advanced credit options or prior learning opportunities.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The University of Sioux Falls recognizes the merits of the Advanced Placement Program and will grant credit for Advanced Placement exams taken in high school. Credit will be given when Advanced Placement exam grade is 4 or higher. The specific AP subject examinations allowed and the corresponding University of Sioux Falls course credits that can be earned are as follows:

AP Exam: Arts USF Coursework Credit
Music Theory MUS 150: Theory 1 3
AP Exam: English USF Coursework Credit
English Language & Composition LAR 112 or LAR 111: Writing & Intellectual Traditions 4
English Literature & Composition ENG 200: Introduction to Literature 3
AP Exam: History & Social Sciences USF Coursework Credit
Macroeconomics ECO 213: Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Psychology PSY 201: General Psychology 3
United States Government & Politics PSC 211: American Federal Government 3
United States History HIS 201: U.S. History to 1877 3
World History SSC 205: World Geography 3
AP Exam: Mathematics & Computer Science USF Coursework Credit
Calculus AB MAT 204: Calculus I 4
Computer Science Elective Credit 3
Statistics MAT 233: Introduction to Statistics 3
AP Exam: Sciences USF Coursework Credit
Biology BIO 100: Concepts of Biology 4
Chemistry CHE 111: General Chemistry I 4
Environmental Science NSC 390 – Special Topics; Env Sci 3
Physics B PHY 201: University Physics 4

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)®

The College Level Examination Program provides students the option of earning credit without enrolling in college courses.  CLEP is a series of computer-based examinations developed by the College Board.

A student may earn up to 32 semester hours of credit toward a degree at the University of Sioux Falls through CLEP.  CLEP credit will be allowed only for the special subject examinations and only for scores that are equivalent to a grade of a “C” or better.  The University of Sioux Falls is an institutional –testing center which means USF provides CLEP testing for students and former students. For additional information on specific CLEP tests, contact the Academic Success Center at 605-331-6740. 

The cost to complete a CLEP exam is $80 to be paid by credit or debit card at the time of testing. If students pass a CLEP exam, they must pay a $15 transcription fee for each credit hour and then an additional $15 administration fee per course. For example, a three-credit course would cost $60 (i.e., $45 transcription fee + 15 administration fee).

The specific CLEP subject examinations allowed and the corresponding University of Sioux Falls course credits that can be earned are as follows:

CLEP USF Humanities Credit
College Composition Modular LAR 111: Writing and Intellectual Traditions I 4
American Literature ENG 222: American Literature Survey I 3
English Literatures Eng 221: British Literature Survey I 3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature ENG 200: Introduction to Literature 3
College French (Levels 1 and 2) (1 exam) Elementary French (French 101/102)
Intermediate French (French 201/202)
College German (Levels 1 and 2) (1 exam) Beginning German (German 101/102)
Intermediate German (German 201/202)
College Spanish (Levels 1 and 2) (1 exam)

Learn more about USF’s prior learning policy for Spanish

Elementary Spanish (Spanish 101/102)
Intermediate Spanish (Spanish 201/202)
CLEP USF Social Sciences Credit
American Government PSC 211: American Federal Govt. 3
History of the U.S. I HIS 201: U.S. History to 1877 3
History of the U.S. II HIS 202: U.S. History since 1877 3
Introductory Psychology PSY 201: General Psychology 3
Human Growth and Development PSY 211: Human Development 3
Introductory Sociology SOC 201: Fundamentals of Sociology 3
CLEP USF Natural Science Credit
General Biology BIO 100: Concepts of Biology 4
General Chemistry CHE 111: General Chemistry I 4
College Algebra MAT 113: College Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus MAT 112: College Algebra and Trigonometry 4
Calculus MAT 204: Calculus I 4
CLEP USF Business Administration Credit
Financial Accounting ACC 225: Principles of Accounting I 3
Introductory Business Law BUS 320: Business Law 3
Principles of Management BUS 210: Principles of Management 3
Principles of Marketing BUS 307: Principles of Marketing 3
Principles of Microeconomics ECO 212: Principles of Microeconomics 3
Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 213: Principles of Macroeconomics 3

Course Test-Out

Students may “test out” of certain courses after receiving faculty approval and passing a comprehensive examination. Student may earn up to 16 credit hours through course “test out.”

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