Calvin grants course credit for qualifying scores on high school level exams through Advanced Placement, International Baccelaurate and A-Levels or Cambridge Exams. Calvin grants minimal credit for CLEP. The policies are listed here. See the core pages for more details.
Multiple exams for one subject will not be given duplicate credit. A maximum of 32 semester hours may be obtained through the transfer of non–classroom based credit. Credit given is noted in number of semester hours.
- Advanced Placement
Students may submit scores from an Advanced Placement (AP) examination conducted by the College Board.
- Minimum scores and credit hours granted vary; see the table below.
- Students may not receive duplicate credit or duplicate requirements from AP credit, high school exemptions, college credit or any other exam based credit.
- A maximum of 32 semester hours may be obtained through non–classroom based credit.
AP Examination Title
Equivalent Calvin Course
Art History3 Arts Core credit Arts 4 hrs Biology4 Biology 111 Living World 4 hrs Calculus AB (or AB subscore)3 Math 171 (Calculus I) Mathematics 4 hrs Calculus BC3 Math 171 (Calculus I) Mathematics 4 hrs Calculus BC4 Math 171 & 172 (Calc I & II) Mathematics 8 hrs Chemistry4 Chemistry 103 Phys World 4 hrs Chemistry5 Chemistry 103 & 104 Phys World 8 hrs Chinese Language/Culture3 Chinese 102 4 hrs Chinese Language/Culture4 Chinese 201 & 202 Language 8 hrs Comparative Govt & Politics4 Political Science 275 3 hrs Computer Science A3 Computer Science 108 Info Tech 4 hrs Computer Science: Principles3 IDIS 110 (Info Technology) Info Tech 1 hr English Language and Comp4 English 101 Written Rhetoric 3 hrs English Language and Comp5 English 101 & English 261 Written Rhetoric 6 hrs English Literature and Comp4 English Elective* 3 hrs English Literature and Comp5 English 101 & English Elective* Written Rhetoric 6 hrs Environmental Science4 Environmental Studies 210 Global/Historical 3 hrs European History4 History 152 History 4 hrs French Language and Culture3 French 202 Language 4 hrs French Language and Culture4 French 301 or 302** 3 hrs French Language and Culture5 French 301 & 302 6 hrs German Language and Culture3 German 123 4 hrs German Language and Culture4 German 201 & 202 Language 8 hrs Human Geography4 Geography 200 3 hrs Japanese Language and Culture3 Japanese 102 4 hrs Japanese Language and Culture4 Japanese 201 & 202 Language 8 hrs Latin: Catullus-Horace3 Latin 201 4 hrs Latin: Catullus-Horace4 Latin 201 & 202 Language 8 hrs Latin: Virgil3 Latin 201 4 hrs Latin: Virgil4 Latin 201 & 202 Language 8 hrs Macroeconomics3 Economics 222 3 hrs Microeconomics3 Economics 221 Soc Structures 3 hrs Music List & Lit (or subscore)3 Music 103 Arts Core 3 hrs Music Theory3 Music 108 4 hrs Physics 14 Physics 221 (General Phys I) Phys World 4 hrs Physics 24 Physics 222 (General Phys II) Phys World 4 hrs Physics B4 Physics 221 Phys World 4 hrs Physics C: Electricity & Magn4 Physics 235 Phys World 4 hrs Physics C: Mechanics4 Physics 133 Phys World 4 hrs Psychology3 Psychology 151 Pers in Cmnty 3 hrs Spanish Language3 Spanish 202 Language 4 hrs Spanish Language4 Spanish 202 & 301 Language 7 hrs Spanish Language5 Spanish 301 & 302 6 hrs Spanish Literature4 Spanish Elective 3 hrs Statistics4 Math 143 Mathematics 4 hrs Studio Art: Draw, 2-D, 3-D design3 Art Studio 250 3 hrs US Govt & Politics4 Political Science 101 Soc Structures 3 hrs United States History4 History 229 4 hrs World History4 History 152 History 4 hrs
*The English elective contributes 3 semester hours of credit but does not fill any specific core requirement.
**Requires interview with French professor.
- International Baccalaureate
IB credit will be given to students who receive a grade of 5 or higher on higher-level (HL) exams. No credit will be given for subsidiary-level exams. Students must provide an official report of their IB exam scores. Visit the IB website for instructions about how to send a transcript of results.
Multiple exams for one subject will not be given duplicate credit.
The following list is not exhaustive of IB exams.
Art Art elective (3) Biology Biology core (4) Chemistry Physical Sci core (4) Computer CS 108 (4) Economics ECON 221(4) English ENGL 101(3) English Lit Literature core (3) French FREN 202 (4) Geography GEOG 110 (4) History, Americas History core (4) History, European History core (4) History, US History elective (3) Indonesian LCTL (4) Korean KOR 202 Mathematics Mathematics core (3) Music MUSC 103 Philosophy Philosophy core (3) Physics Physical science core (4) Psychology PSYC 151 (3) Spanish SPAN 202 (4) Visual Arts Rhetoric in culture core (3)
- Advanced-Level, Cambridge Exams
Calvin will accept A-Level exam scores of C or better for college credit in certain subjects. This exam policy is in progress.
Accounting Business 203 Biology Biology Core Business Business 160 Chemistry Chemistry 103* Economics Economics 151 English English 101 Geography Geography 110 History History 152 Information Sys Foundations of Info Tech Core - IDIS 110 Math Mathematics 171 (Calculus I) Maths - Further Mathematics 172 (Calculus II) Physics Physics 222, possible 133 upon review*
*The registrar's office may work with designated academic departments for further review of higher level achievement and curriculum depth on a case-by-case basis.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Calvin College accepts credit only for the course listed below, completed with the score 50 or higher. No other CLEP examinations are accepted.
Calculus with Elementary Functions Mathematics 171 (Calculus I)