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Academic Information

Additional Options for Undergraduates Only

Advanced Standing for Undergraduates Only:

Students may be granted credit at CMU by earning high scores on the following specified examinations:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • International Baccalaureate

  • Proficiency Examination Program (PEP)

Advanced Placement (AP)

Credit can be earned in some CMU classes by AP exami- nation. In the following list, several examples of approved AP examinations are paired with the CMU courses in which credit is granted for a minimum score of three. The courses on this list are approved by individual academic departments and are subject to change.


European History for HST 102 U.S. History for HST 111 General Studio Art for three hours; Art (History) credit


– Art 185 Biology for BIO 101 Computer Science A for CPS 180 Computer Science B for CPS 181 Government and Politics (U.S.) for PSC 105 Government and Politics (Comparative) for PSC 242 Chemistry for CHM 131 English Language and Composition or AP English


Composition and Literature for ENG 101 Calculus AB for MTH 132 Calculus BC for MTH 133

For information regarding other available AP examinations, please contact your program administrator.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) sponsored by the College Board affords students and prospective students the opportunity to demonstrate their academic proficiency at the freshman-sophomore college level in various general areas and in specific subjects.

Policies concerning the use of CLEP General Examinations at Central Michigan University are developed and controlled by the Academic Senate. The minimum scores for CLEP Subject Ex- aminations are determined by the department authorizing credit for the subject.

When a student submits evidence of achievement by CLEP, this evidence will be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office with credit being granted in appropriate areas.

  • A.

    To be eligible for credit for CLEP scores, a student must have been granted regular undergraduate admission at CMU and an official score report must be on file.

  • B.

    The student may not at any time have been enrolled in the course for which credit is being sought nor in a higher level course in the same subject. A student is not considered to have been enrolled in a course if they have dropped the course during the regular drop/add period at the beginning of the semester.

  • C.

    Credit for the CLEP General Examinations in Humanities and/or Social Science and History will not be granted after university study has begun. Exceptions: Students with con- current high school and CMU enrollments or students who

have participated in certain special vocationally oriented pro- grams may be eligible to take these examinations. Answers to the specific questions on eligibility can be obtained from the Computer-based and Placement Testing Center at 989- 774-1092 or www.cmich.edu/cbptc/. Eligibility in individual cases will be determined by the Undergraduate Academic Services.

  • D.

    Students may receive three (3) credit hours in ENG 101 for the General Examination in English Composition with Essay only if that examination is taken before the end of their first college semester. Transfer students may take this examination during their first semester at CMU to meet the Basic Freshman Composition requirement, but no credit will be awarded. The examination is available only in January, April, June and October.

  • E.

    CLEP examination credit may not be used to repeat any course(s) previously taken.

  • F.

    Grades for the CLEP examinations, where credit is granted, will be recorded as Credit (CR) without points. In the following list each approved CLEP subject examination is

paired with the CMU course in which credit is granted for a score at the 50th percentile or higher:


American Government for PSC 105 Analysis and Interpretation of Literature for ENG 134 Calculus with Elementary Functions for MTH 132 College Algebra for MTH 107 English Literature for ENG 235 and 236 General Biology for BIO 101

General Chemistry for CHM 131 (plus CHM 132 if score is at or above 85th percentile)


Introduction to Management for MGT 312 Introductory Accounting for ACC 201 Introductory Psychology for PSY 100 Introductory Sociology for SOC 100 Principles of Marketing for MKT 300 Trigonometry for MTH 106

Additionally, the College French, German or Spanish (Levels 1 and 2) examinations may be used to gain credit in French, German or Spanish courses numbered 101, 102, 201, or 202. General credit may also be earned for scores at or above the 50th percentile on the CLEP Humanities General examination and/or the CLEP Social Sciences and History examination.

Credit earned through the CLEP Humanities General examination and the CLEP Social Science and History General examination may NOT be used to satisfy University Program requirements.

International Baccalaureate

On the International Baccalaureate English Language A exami- nation, three hours credit in ENG 101 will be granted for a score of four or higher at either the higher or the subsidiary level.

Proficiency Examination Program (PEP)

On the PEP Physical Geography examination, credit may be earned in GEL 101 for a score at the 80th percentile.

Additional Information

For information concerning AP, PEP, and the International Bac- calaureate, contact the Undergraduate Academic Services Office, Warriner 123, 989-774-3504. Further information on the CLEP program (including exam eligibility requirements) is available from the Computer-based and Placement Testing Center at 989-774- 1092, and at the program centers.

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