Credit by Exam

  1. Westmont grants credit to students for:
    1. Advanced Placement Tests of the College Board with scores of 4 or 5;
    2. International Baccalaureate Program tests scores of 5,6, or 7 on the higher-level subject exams.
    3. A student may receive up to 32 semester hours of credit for AP and/or IB work, which satisfies the standards of 1.a., and 1.b.
    4. A student will also be given credit for any appropriate GE areas subject to the following restrictions:
    • Common Contexts requirements cannot be fulfilled using AP/IB credit.
    • AP/IB credit may be applied for up to three Common Inquiries requirements without restriction. A student may petition to apply AP/IB credit in additional Common Inquiries areas upon completing an advanced course in the area at Westmont.
  2. CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) Credit will be given for scores of 500 for general tests and 50 for subject matter tests, providing the student has not previously completed an introductory college course in the area tested. CLEP credit may be applied to elective credit only.
  3. DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests). Westmont will give DSST credit for scores of 400 or above for tests taken since 2008. Tests taken prior to 2008 will receive credit for scores of 50 or above. DSST credit may be applied to elective credit only, provided students have not completed introductory college courses in those areas.
  4. At the discretion of the department, additional units of credit by examination may be validated by departmental examination at Westmont. If a student feels that he or she has sufficient knowledge to pass a comprehensive final examination in a particular Westmont course, and has not earned credit in an advanced course in that area, the student should:
    1. Contact the faculty member who teaches the class to determine if background or preparation is sufficient.
    2. Register for the appropriate number of units of credit. Fee: $50 per unit
    3. Report for exam, which may be administered by faculty member or proctored by the Student Records Office.
    4. Grading is Pass/No Credit. A letter grade must be submitted for major or general education courses.
    5. A maximum of 20 units may be validated by examination at Westmont.