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Credit By Exam Admissions

    Credit By Exam

    Undergraduate students may receive credit for a Saint Leo University course by taking an examination in place of the actual course.

    Up to 30 credits can be earned through each individual type of examination. The maximum limit on standardized examination transfer credits is 40.

    Before taking these exams, we recommend you speak with your Saint Leo University academic advisor and fully research these tests and their equivalencies.

    AP Credit

    Advanced Placement Credit

    Saint Leo University students who studied beyond the level of the traditional secondary school curriculum while still in high school may be eligible for Advanced Placement credit through AP Exams. For students who score 3 or above on certain AP Exams, Saint Leo University offers credit in equivalent courses.

    Ordering Your AP Score Report

    Find out how to order your AP Score Report on the College Board's website.

    International Baccalaureate

    Students earning IB diplomas may be considered for admission as sophomores. Saint Leo awards 30 semester hours of credit to students who have completed the IB diploma and have obtained a 5, 6, or 7 in their higher-level or standard-level subjects. Students who have completed the IB diploma and have obtained a 4 in their higher-level subjects will receive credit on a case-by-case basis. Students who do not complete the full diploma will receive six semester hours of credit for higher-level examination results of 5, 6, or 7 on a case-by-case basis. High school students with IB diplomas or IB credit are not considered transfer students.

    Click here to see how your IB examinations will be applied at Saint Leo University.

    Cambridge AICE Exam Credits

    Saint Leo University accepts credits for passing scores of A, B, C, D or E on the British AS-Level or A-Level courses. No credit is offered for Ordinary Level courses. 


    College-Level Examination Program

    The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to earn college credit through achieving qualifying scores on standardized tests that assess college-level knowledge in various subject areas.

    CLEP is useful for students who have obtained knowledge outside the classroom, such as through independent study, job experience, or cultural interaction. CLEP also offers international and homeschooled students the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework.

    Credit by Exam for Active Military & Veterans

    Credit-by-examination subject tests are available free of charge for all qualifying U.S. armed forces personnel through funding from the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).


    Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support

    Use your military service smarts to earn college credit.

    To assist military personnel in meeting their educational goals, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) funds CLEP exams for eligible military service members and eligible civilian employees.

    The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to earn college credit through achieving qualifying scores on standardized tests that assess college-level knowledge in various subject areas. Saint Leo University grants credit to students who meet minimum qualifying scores, which vary by subject.

    Who is Eligible?

    CLEP exams are free to the following military personnel and civilian employees.

    • Military personnel (Active Duty and Reserve): Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army and Air National Guard
    • Eligible civilian employees and spouses of participating Reserve Component and Coast Guard personnel
    • Department of Defense Acquisition Personnel (only eligible for the following computer-based exams: Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Marketing)

    Military veterans can seek reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for CLEP exams and fees under provisions of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-454), which enhances the education benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill®.


    Excelsior College Exams

    Use Excelsior College Exams (ECEs) to earn college-level credit in select subject areas by passing related proficiency exams. Most exams are objective multiple-choice exams, though some are entirely essay. All the tests examine not only facts and terminology, but also the application of essential concepts and skills.

    The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for ECEs.

    ECEs for U.S. Military

    Military personnel may take ECEs free of charge. DANTES funds ECEs taken at authorized DANTES Test Centers or authorized national test centers for all active duty military, National Guard, and Reserve Component personnel.

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