Credit by Examination

UAS offers and accepts a number of credit-by-exam options. These exams are accepted or offered based upon academic policy and accreditation standards. A maximum of 30 semester credit hours taken through standardized exams will be accepted by UAS toward a bachelor’s degree, 15 semester credit hours will be accepted toward an associate’s degree, and 9 semester credit hours will be accepted toward an undergraduate certificate and 3 credits toward Occupational Endorsement Certificates.

ACT/SAT Placement Scores

Placement for ACT (English) or SAT (Verbal): Students who pass the ACT or SAT exam will have the opportunity to waive ENGL S111. Test scores will be evaluated upon admission to UAS. Student’s test results must reflect one of the following:

  • ACT English score of 30 or higher (English Competent)

  • SAT Critical Reading Score of 680 or higher

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests

Credit for non-traditional education can be earned through the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests program (DSST). Credits will be awarded only if students are admitted to degree and certificate programs and have taken courses at UAS. American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for minimum test scores will be accepted. Exams may be repeated after an interval of one year. Auditing a course does not preclude obtaining credit for the course by taking the DSST subject standardized test. Credit will not be given for any course for which credit has previously been earned.

Challenging a Course Through UAS

Students admitted to a degree program and currently enrolled at UAS are eligible to challenge a course by examination. The first step is to check with the instructor of the course that an individual would like to challenge, or with the chair of the department under which the course is offered. Final approval to challenge a course comes from the appropriate Academic Dean or Campus Director. Students may not challenge a course for UAS for a course that is a prerequisite to another course in which they are currently enrolled or have completed. A course challenged for credit must not duplicate a course for which credit has already been given. If a student has audited or previously enrolled in a class, he or she may not request credit via departmental examination for the class until the subsequent academic year. Departmental exams will be graded pass/fail and do not carry grade points. Exams may not be repeated earlier than one year from the previous test date. Cost is $50 per semester credit.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a two-year curriculum for student aged 16-19 and is similar to the final year of secondary school in Europe. UAS awards credit for IB higher-level exams on which students have earned a score of 4 or better. Students should submit an official record of their IB certificate(s) or diploma for review by UAS.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Credit for prior learning is the evaluation of experienced based learning for college credit by a UAS faculty member. Experiences relevant to CPL include theoretical and current learning that relates or is equivalent to learning outcomes of a specific UAS course. Students must be in an undergraduate degree program at UAS, with a minimum cumulative gpa of 2.00 when applying for CPL. Students must pay an application fee with the application form. If approved an additional per credit hour cost will be assessed. For additional information contact your academic department.

Advanced Placement Credit through College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB)

The University of Alaska grants transfer credit for satisfactory performance (a grade of 3 or higher) on the College Board Advanced Placement Tests. Students would normally complete this test during their senior year in high school. An individual wanting CEEB advanced placement credit must request an official report of scores obtained on the exam to be sent to the Office of Admissions. Upon admission, appropriate credit will be awarded. Individuals may receive credit for more than one examination.

CEEB Advanced Placement Exams

Exams Accepted UAS Course Credits Min. Score
Art: HistoryART S261 & ART S26263
Art: DrawingART S10533
BiologyBIOL S105 & BIOL S10683
ChemistryCHEM S105 & CHEM S10683
Classics: Latin LyricLANG S1 Elective33
Classics: Virgil (Level 3)LANG S1 Elective33
Comparative Government & PoliticsPS S20233
Computer Science ACIS S1 Elective33
Economics-MacroECON S20133
Economics-MicroECON S20233
English Language & CompositionENGL S11133
English Literature & CompositionENGL S11133
Environmental ScienceENVS S10243
European HistoryHIST S1 Elective33
French LanguageFREN S101 & FREN S10283
German LanguageLANG S1 GER83
German LiteratureLANG s1 Elective33
Math: Calculus ABMATH S25143
Math: Calculus BCMATH S251 & MATH S25283
Music: Listening & LiteratureMUS S12333
Music TheoryMUS S1 Elective33
Physics BPHYS S103 & PHYS S10483
Physics C: MechanicsPHYS S21143
Physics C: Electricity & MagnetismPHYS S21243
PsychologyPSY S10133
Spanish LanguageSPAN S101 & SPAN S10283
Spanish LiteratureSPAN S1 Elective33
StatisticsSTAT S27333
U.S. Government & PoliticsPS S10133
U.S. HistoryHIST S131 & HIST S13263
World HistoryHIST S105 & HIST S10663

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides an opportunity for students admitted to UAS degree programs to test out of coursework in fine arts, humanities, social science, foreign language, English, mathematics, and natural science. ACE (American Council on Education) recommends that a minimum score of “50” must be attained to earn college credit.

Students who take the CLEP English Composition with Essay and score 500 points or higher will receive 3 semester hours of credit for ENGL S111. NOTE: The CLEP General Exam in English Composition without Essay will be transferred as elective credit only. Students cannot challenge ENGL S211 or ENGL S212

Contact: CLEP, P.O. Box 660. Princeton, NJ 08541-6600 Ph: 1-800-257-9558

CLEP Exams Currently Accepted

Test Name UAS Course Credits Min. Score
Algebra (College)MATH S151450
American GovernmentPS S101350
Biology, GeneralBIOL S105 & BIOL S106850
Business Law (Introduction)BA S2 ELEC350
CalculusMATH S251450
ChemistryCHEM S105 & CHEM S106850
College CompositionENGL S111350
College MathematicsMATH S1 GER350
Financial AccountingACCT S201350
French (College Level)1FREN S101 & FREN S102855
French (College Level)1FREN S201 & FREN S202872
German (College Level)1LANG S1 GER855
German (College Level)1LANG S2 ELEC872
History of the U.S. IHIST S131350
History of the U.S. IIHIST S132350
Human Growth & DevelopmentPSY S250350
HumanitiesHUM S1 ELEC350
Natural SciencesNSCI Elective450
Pre-CalculusMATH S1 GER450
Principles of MarketingBA S2 ELEC350
Principles of MacroeconomicsECON S201350
Principles of MicroeconomicsECON S202350
Psychology (Introductory)PSY S101350
Social Sciences/HistorySOC/HIST S1 ELEC650
Sociology (Introductory)SOC S101350
Spanish (College Level)1SPAN S101 & SPAN S102855
Spanish (College Level)1SPAN S201 & SPAN S202872
Western Civilization IHIST S1 GER350
Western Civilization IIHIST S1 GER350

Two to four language semesters approved. Total score determines credit award.