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Washington State University and its various colleges reserve the right to change the rules regulating admission to, instruction in, and graduation from Washington State University and any other regulations affecting the student body. Such regulations shall go into effect whenever the proper authorities may determine and shall apply to prospective students and to those who may at that time be enrolled.

Advanced Standing (Transfer Applicants)


CREDIT BY EXAMINATIONS. Subject to standards established in consultation with academic departments concerned, credit may be granted to entering or enrolled undergraduate or professional students via various means including external examinations, institutional examinations, approved military service schools, and prior learning assessment.  


WSU does not accept credit by examination as transcripted by other institutions.   Students must provide official score reports to WSU.  Acceptable scores for receiving credit are published online at


Credits by examination shall yield no grade points. Such credits may partially fulfill University Common Requirements (UCOREs) for graduation. External examinations will include but not be limited to:  Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations of the College Entrance Examinations Board; general and subject College Level Examination Program (CLEP); the International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations; and Cambridge International Examinations.  Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams like Cambridge A-level, AP, or IB will not be granted. Advanced credit policies are reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change.


Students may request to take a course at WSU for which they have been awarded AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge International credit.  Prompted by the request, the AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge International credit is removed from the overall credits awarded by WSU.  Only the subsequent enrollment in the WSU course will contribute to the total hours earned and grade point average; the AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge International credit cannot be reconsidered for credit for the same course.  Students submit the request to ask for the WSU course to be allowed and for the AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge International credit to be omitted to the Registrar's Office.


(a)  Advanced Placement Program.  Credit for AP examinations will be granted at the lower-division for scores of 3 and above, as determined in consultation with the specific academic department. The acceptable score for receiving credit is published online at


(b)  College Level Examination Program (CLEP).  General and Subject Examinations:  Credit for CLEP will be granted if the examination is passed with scores established in consultation with the academic department concerned.  Credit will be granted for scores of 50 or above. Credit will be granted for the comparable Washington State University course, or elective credit may be granted. Not more than 6 semester hours of credit will be granted for each examination.


(c) Challenge Examinations.  Matriculated students currently registered at Washington State University, with permission of their advisor or department chairperson and of the chairperson of the department offering the course, may take challenge examinations for university credit in courses in which they are not registered.  Students may not take challenge examinations in courses which they have audited, or in which they have received a final grade.  Upper-division students may not receive credit by challenge examination in lower-division courses in their major field.  Undergraduate students may not receive credit by challenge examination in any course prerequisite to a course in which they are enrolled or have received a final grade.  The maximum credit for challenge examinations is 30 semester hours unless permission is obtained from the student’s academic dean.  Consult the Registrar’s Office for challenge exam fees.


(d) Peace Corps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Credit for training in the Peace Corps or VISTA will be granted for having completed specific courses, under regular catalog course numbers, as shown on a regular transcript from a regionally accredited college or university.


(e) WSU Placement Examinations. Credit for WSU departmental placement examinations will be granted in accordance with policies established by the university and academic departments.


(f) International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations.  Credit is awarded for standard and higher-level examinations with a score of 4 or higher.  See for course-by-course equivalencies.  Please contact the Transfer Clearinghouse for additional details.


(g)  Cambridge International Examinations.   Credit is awarded for A-level examinations.


(h)  Military Service Credit.  See Academic Regulation 16.  


(i)  Prior Learning Credit.  See Academic Regulation 17.


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