Chatham University

Credit by Examination

A student may earn credit for a course by demonstrating superior achievement in a special written or oral examination. A student may not receive credit by examination for a course:

The following parameters are applied to Chatham University's Credit by Examination (CBE) program:

  1. Students who have participated in Advanced Placement (AP) program courses of the College Entrance Examination Board are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement examinations. Chatham University grants course credit for scores of 3, 4 or 5 on these examinations per specific requirements established for each exam. AP Exam credit will be awarded as transfer credit. A maximum of 30 credits will be accepted from AP exam scores. Chatham University's AP score requirements are available in the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Prior Learning Assessment.
  2. Students who have participated in Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A Level exams may be awarded transfer credit by attaining established scores. Chatham University's CIE A Level score requirements are available in the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Prior Learning Assessment.
  3. Students with the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and a score of 30 or higher will be granted 30 credits and sophomore standing. This credit will apply toward a student's degree and exempt her from the first-year courses (First-year Writing Seminar, Gender and Contemporary Social Issues, Strategies for Success in College), one global mission requirement, and one wellness requirement unless placement tests determine that any first-year requirements remain. Based on the grades in individual subject examinations, additional credit may be applied toward other general education, major, and minor requirements.
    For students who complete an IB diploma with a score of 29 or below and students who did not complete a diploma, 6 credits will be given for each higher-level examination with a score of 5 or above. This credit will apply toward a student's degree and, in some cases, toward major, minor, and general education requirements. A score of 4 at the higher level will not result in a transfer of credits but may result in advanced placement as determined by a departmental review. Credit will not be given and exemptions will not be made for standard-level examinations.
  4. Credit will be awarded to students earning a passing score on College Level Examination Progress (CLEP) exams. Chatham University's CLEP score requirements are available in the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Prior Learning Assessment.
  5. Credit will be awarded to students earning a passing score DSST exams. Chatham University's DSST score requirements are available in the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Prior Learning Assessment.
  6. Credit will be awarded to students who earn a passing score per ACE guidelines on Excelsior Exams.
  7. Credit will be awarded per the ACE Military Guide.
  8. Institutional credit will be awarded to undergraduate students earning a score of 70 and above on a challenge exam. Additional processing and posting fees apply to challenge exams.

To take an examination, a qualified student must pay testing and application fees, and have the permission of the Director of PLA. When a student successfully passes an exam, the course is added student's transcript. Please note that CBE credit does not count towards Chatham University's residency requirements.