AP, IB & CLEP Credit

AP, IB & CLEP Credit

Get a head start on your Drake degree—you can earn academic credit before you even arrive on campus through several advanced standing credit programs. You will work with your faculty adviser to apply any accepted credits toward completion of the Drake Curriculum, your major, or elective requirements. The course equivalencies that follow can be used as guidelines in the process, and are subject to change.

During orientation and registration, we encourage you to register for classes according to the guidelines for advanced credit and the scores you expect to achieve. If your actual scores are different from what you anticipated, you can adjust your class schedule after you arrive at Drake. You must arrange for official transcripts to be provided to the Center for Student Records and Academic Information directly from the issuing organizations prior to your first semester at Drake.

Advanced Credit Limitations

Duplication: Credit will not be granted for any AP, IB, or CLEP exam for which you have already earned college credit. Students will not be granted credit for a lower-level course in a sequence of courses after credit in a higher-level course has been earned.

Science Majors: Students majoring in a science, a pre-professional science-related field, or pharmacy should contact the appropriate department or college to verify how science credits earned through these programs will be applied to the major.

Language Students: Although you may be awarded credit for foreign language, all students interested in pursuing language studies at Drake University should contact the World Languages and Cultures Program by calling 1-800-44-DRAKE1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x2511 to schedule a placement exam.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Faculty advisers will determine whether acceptable AP coursework will be applied toward Drake Curriculum, major, or elective requirements. Credit for other AP examinations will be reviewed as needed.

 Exam Required
 DU equivalent
Art History    4 3 ART 075
Art General 4 Elective
Art Drawing    4 3 Elective
Biology 4 8 BIO 001, 001L, Bio. Elective
Calculus AB*    4 4 MATH 050 
Calculus AB subgrade    4 MATH 050 
Calculus BC*    8 MATH 050, 070 
Chinese Language & Culture   4 CHIN 001,002 
Chemistry    CHEM 006, 007, Chem. Elective + Lab 
Comparative Govt.    4 3 POLS 065 
Computer Science, A    3 CS elective 
Computer Science, AB    3 CS 065
Economics, Macro    3 ECON 001
Economics, Micro    4 3 ECON 002 
English Literature**    ENG 001 + Elective 
English Language**    4 6 ENG 001 + Elective 
Environmental Science   ENV 035
European History    HIST Elective 
French Language    4 6 FREN 001, FREN 002 
French Literature   FREN 001, FREN 002, FREN 051*** 
German Language    GERM 001, GERM 002
Human Geography    SCSG 002 
Italian Language & Culture  General Elective
Japanese Lang. & Culture  6   JAPN 001, JAPN 002 
Latin: Vergil    General Elective 
Latin Literature    Elective Language 
Music Theory    4 MUS 011
Physics B    PHY 011, 012 
Physics C Mechanics    PHY 001 
Physics C Elect & Magn.    PHY 002 
Psychology   4 4 PSY 001
Spanish Language 6 SPAN 001, SPAN 002*** 
Spanish Literature    SPAN 001, 002, 051*** 
Statistics    STAT 071 
Studio Art    Art Elective 
Studio Art:2-D Design    3 Art 013 
Studio Art: 3-D Design   Art 014 
U.S. Govt. & Politics    POLS 001  
U.S. History  HIST 075, 076
World History HIST 001, 002 

* Not more than eight semester hours of Advanced Placement credit for calculus will be granted.
** Not more than a total of six semester hours of Advanced Placement English credit will be granted.
***Students who complete both Language and Literature classes in French and Spanish will receive only three additional credits for the literature exam.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Program and receive a diploma will receive approximately one year of credit toward graduation. Partial completion of the IB requires a course-by-course evaluation. Faculty advisers will determine how IB coursework will be applied toward Drake Curriculum, major or elective requirements. Credit for other IB examinations will be reviewed as needed.

IB Coursework  Required
DU equivalent
Arabic Lang. (A1) Standard Level 5-7  ARABIC 001, ARABIC 002
Arabic Lang. (A1) Higher Level 5-7  9   ARABIC 001, ARABIC 002, ARABIC 051 
Art higher    3 Art electives  
Art standard   3    Art electives 
Biology higher    BIO 001, BIO 001L, BIO Elective
Biology standard    BIO 001, BIO 001L  
Business & Mgt. higher    BUS Elective  
Business & Mgt. standard   BUS Elective  
Chemistry higher   CHEM 006, 007, Chem. Elective + Lab 
Chemistry standard    Chem. Elective + Lab  
Comp. Science higher    CS 065 + CS elective  
Comp. Science standard    CS 065  
Design Technology higher   4 Physical Science + Lab + Elective  
Design Technology standard    3 Physical Science + Lab 
Economics higher    5 ECON 001, 002 
Economics standard    ECON 001  
Eng. Lang A1& A2 higher    5 6 ENG Elective 
Eng. Lang A1 & A2 std.    ENG Elective  
Eng. Lang B higher    ENG Elective 
Eng. Lang B standard    ENG Elective  
French language (A1) higher  5-7   FRENCH 001, 002, FRENCH 051 
French Language (A1) standard   5-7  FRENCH 001, FRENCH 002 
French Language (B) higher 5-7  12  FRENCH 001, FRENCH 002, FRENCH 051, FRENCH 052 
French Language (B) standard    5-7  9 FRENCH 001, 002, FRENCH 051
Geography higher    4 SCSG 001 no lab + SCSG elective 
Geography standard    5 3 SCSG 003 
German Lang. (A1) higher   5-7  9   GERM 001, GERM 002, GERM 051 
German Lang. (A1) standard  5-7   6   GERM 001, GERM 002 
History higher
(including sub categories)   
HIST Elective 
History standard    5 HIST Elective  
Information Technology higher   Information Systems Elective 
Information Technology standard      No credit 
Islamic History higher    HIST elective 
Islamic History standard   3   HIST elective  
Latin higher    General Elective 
Latin standard    General Elective 
Math Studies standard    MATH 020 
Math Methods standard   MATH 020 
Mathematics higher    MATH 050 + elective 
Mathematics standard    MATH 050 + elective 
Advanced Math standard    4 MATH 054  
Music higher     MUS 005
Music standard
(including subcategories)   
MUS 080 
Physics higher     PHY 011 
Physics standard     PHY 011 
Psychology higher     PSY 001
Psychology standard    PSY 001  
Social Anthro. higher    SCSA 002 + SCSA elective
Social Anthro. standard     SCSA 002 
Spanish Language (A1) higher   5-7  SPAN 001, SPAN 002, SPAN 051  
Spanish Language (A1) standard 5 -7  6 SPAN 001, SPAN 002 
Spanish Language (B) higher  5-7   12   SPAN 001, SPAN 002, SPAN 051, SPAN 052 
Spanish Language (B) standard   5-7   SPAN 001, SPAN 002, SPAN 051 
Theatre higher    Elective 
Theatre standard    Elective  
Visual Arts standard   Art Elective  
Visual Arts higher    5 Art Elective 


College-Level Education Program (CLEP)

Any undergraduate student may qualify to earn credit toward graduation through the CLEP Subject Examinations listed below. The subject exams are essentially end-of-term tests designed to measure achievement in specific college courses.

For any subject exam, the required score may change from year to year. Students are not eligible to earn credit through an examination if they have withdrawn from an equivalent course after the midpoint of the semester. Students who have taken either semester of introductory accounting are not eligible to earn credit by exam for the remaining semester. The maximum possible credit granted through CLEP is 39 hours.

Students with strong backgrounds in any of the following subjects are advised to take the corresponding subject examination. Students must achieve the Drake required score to earn credit in the subject area.

 Exam Required
DU equivalent 
American Government     65  50  3   POLS 001 
Biology*     50  50  BIO 01, 001L  
Business Law     50  50  BLAW 060  
Calculus w/ Elementary Functions      61  50  MATH 050 
College Mathematics     61  50  MATH 017 
Financial Accounting      50  50  ACCT 041 
Human Growth & Development 50  50  EDUC 105 or EDUC 106  
Pre-Calculus     61  50  MATH 020  
Sociology, Introductory     56  50  SCSS 001  
Psychology, Introduction    59  50   PSY 001  
Macroeconomics, Principles   50  50  ECON 001  
Microeconomics, Principles  50     50  ECON 002  

Credit will not be granted for the following exams: Chemistry, College Composition, College Composition Modular, Information Systems, Algebra/Trigonometry, Trigonometry, College Algebra, Principles of Marketing, and Intro to Educational Psychology.

*None of these apply to the 32 BIO credits and six BIO lab courses required for the biology major. For biology majors, CLEP can count towards the 124 credits required for graduation. BIO 001 and 001L fulfill the life science AOI, with lab.

Des Moines Area Community College serves as a computer-based examination site for CLEP in the Des Moines area. Students may contact the DMACC Assessment Center at 515-964-6595515-964-6595 to schedule testing.

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