Test-Based Credit, Dual Enrollment, and Military Credit Information

Students may fulfill general education requirements or major prerequisites by earning credit via the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) tests, the International Baccalaureate Program (IB), dual enrollment, and other approved substitutes, provided the credit meets UIS criteria for college-level work. For more information on using test-based credit and/or dual enrollment, students should contact their academic advisor.

CLEP Credit

CLEP is designed to assist students in reaching their academic goals by gaining college credit for knowledge acquired through prior course work, job experience, internships, or other experiences outside a traditional classroom setting. CLEP exams are published and scored by the College Board. For further information, visit the College Board’s website at http://clep.collegeboard.org/. UIS students should consult with an academic advisor to find out which CLEP exams, if any, they may be eligible to take. See the table below for a list of the CLEP exams for which UIS grants credit. Credit for other CLEP exams will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

CLEP EXAM UIS Course Minimum CLEP Score Required Credit Hours
College CompositionENG 102; exemption from requirement of ENG 1011603
American LiteratureENG 235503
Analyzing and Interpreting LiteratureENG 137503
English LiteratureENG 236503
Financial AccountingACC 211653
Principles of MacroeconomicsECO 202603
Principles of MicroeconomicsECO 201603
History and Social Sciences
American GovernmentPSC 201 and LES 201503
Introductory PsychologyPSY 201503
Introductory SociologySOA 101503
U.S. History I: Early Colonization to 1877HIS 204503
U.S. History II: 1865 to PresentHIS 205503
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648HIS 202503
Western Civilization II: 1648 to PresentHIS 202503
Science and Mathematics
BiologyBIO 141 & BIO 241668
ChemistryContact Chemistry Department ChairContact Chemistry Department ChairContact Chemistry Department Chair
CalculusMAT 115504
College AlgebraMAT 102504
College MathematicsMAT 111504
General Subject Area Tests
HumanitiesHumanities general education credit503
Natural SciencesNatural sciences general education credit503
Social Sciences and HistorySocial Science general education credit503

Students must submit a completed Student Petition form to receive an exemption for ENG 101

AP Credit

The Advanced Placement Program (AP), administered by the College Board allows high school students to take college-level course work (for further information on the AP Program, visit the College Board’s website at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home). College credit is awarded to those students who earn sufficiently high grades on AP examinations covering basic freshman-course subject matter.

Three hours of departmental elective credit is awarded for AP exam scores of 3 or higher, which can be used to satisfy university degree requirements.  Specific course credit is awarded for scores as noted below.  It is the student’s responsibility to have official test results sent from the College Board to the Office of Admissions before credit can be awarded.

AP EXAM UIS Course Minimum AP Score Required Credit Hours
English Language and CompositionENG 10143
English Literature and CompositionENG 10243
MicroeconomicsECO 20143
MacroeconomicsECO 20243
History and Social Sciences
European HistoryHIS 20243
U.S. HistoryHIS 204 or HIS 20533
World HistoryHIS 20133
Computer Science ACSC 22543
Comparative Government & PoliticsPSC 17143
U.S. Government & PoliticsLES 201 or PSC 20143
PsychologyPSY 20143
Fine Arts
2 - Design PortfolioART 10233
3 - Design PortfolioART 11233
Drawing PortfolioART 11333
Science and Mathematics
BiologyBIO 14134
ChemistryCHE 14144
Environmental ScienceENS 25144
Calculus ABMAT 11544
Calculus BCMAT 115 and MAT 11648
Physics 1ASP 20144
Physics 2ASP 20244
Physics C Electricity & MagnetismASP 20244
Physics C MechanicsASP 20144
StatisticsMAT 12133

International Baccalaureate Credit

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization offers diploma and certificate programs. Through the high school, students complete college-level course work (for further information on the IB Program, visit the IB website at www.ibo.org/). Subject scores of 4 or higher for International Baccalaureate subjects shall be accepted for credit to satisfy degree requirements. The University will determine for each International Baccalaureate subject whether credit will be granted for electives, general education requirements, or major requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to have official IB transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions before credit can be awarded.

State Seal of Bilteracy Program

The State Seal of Biliteracy Program was established to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.  The State Seal of Biliteracy certifies the attainment of proficiency sufficient for meaningful use in college and a career.  UIS translates the State Seal of Biliteracy into foreign language course credit based on course equivalencies identified by UIS faculty and staff.  It is the student’s responsibility to request course credit based upon an earned State Seal of Bilteracy.  Such requests must be received within three academic years after graduating high school.

Military Credit

Military credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  It is the student's responsibility to have all necessary military documentation sent to the Office of Admissions before credit can be issued.