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

Score

Equivalent Calvin Course

Core

Credit

Art History
3
Arts Core credit  Arts & Rhetoric 4 hrs
Biology 
4
Biology Core credit Natural Sciences 3 hrs
Calculus AB (or AB subscore)
3
Mathematics core credit Mathematical Science 4 hrs
Calculus AB (or AB subscore)
4
Math 171 (Calculus I) Mathematical Science 4 hrs
Calculus BC  
3
Math 171 (Calculus I) Mathematical Science 4 hrs
Calculus BC  
4
Math 171 & 172 (Calc I & II) Mathematical Science 8 hrs
Chemistry
4
Chemistry 101 (previously 103) Natural Sciences 4 hrs
Chemistry
5
Chemistry 101 & 102 (previously 104) Natural Sciences 8 hrs
Chinese Language/Culture
3
Chinese 102 World Language 1 4 hrs
Chinese Language/Culture
4
Chinese 201 & 202 World Language 2 8 hrs
Comparative Govt & Politics
4
Political Science 214 Social & Behavioral Science 3 hrs
Computer Science A
3
Computer Science 108  Mathematical Science 4 hrs
Computer Science: Principles
3
IDIS 110 (Info Technology) Info Tech 1 hr
English Language and Comp
4
English 101 Foundational Writing 3 hrs
English Language and Comp
5
English 101 & English 261 Foundational Writing 6 hrs
English Literature and Comp
4
English Elective*   3 hrs
English Literature and Comp
5
English 101 & English Elective* Foundational Writing 6 hrs
Environmental Science
4
Environmental Studies 210 Environmental Sustainability 3 hrs
European History
4
History 152 Humanities 3 hrs
French Language and Culture
3
French 202 World Language 2 4 hrs
French Language and Culture
4
French 301 or 302** World Language 2 3 hrs
French Language and Culture
5
French 301 & 302 World Language 2 6 hrs
German Language and Culture
3
4 hrs
German Language and Culture
4
German 201 & 202 World Language 2 8 hrs
Human Geography
4
Geography 101 Social & Behavioral Science  3 hrs
Japanese Language and Culture
3
Japanese 102 World Language 1 4 hrs
Japanese Language and Culture
4
Japanese 201 & 202 World Language 2 8 hrs
Latin
3
Latin 201 World Language 2 4 hrs
Latin
4
Latin 201 & 202 World Language 2 8 hrs
Macroeconomics
3
Economics 222 Social & Behavioral Science 3 hrs
Microeconomics
3
Economics 221 Social & Behavioral Science 3 hrs
Music Theory
3
Music 100 Arts & Rhetoric 4 hrs
Physics 1
4
Physics 221 (General Phys I) Natural Science 4 hrs
Physics 2
4
Physics 222 (General Phys II) Natural Science 4 hrs
Physics B
4
Physics 221 Natural Science 4 hrs
Physics C: Electricity & Magn 
4
Physics 235 Natural Science 4 hrs
Physics C: Mechanics
4
Physics 133 Natural Science 4 hrs
Psychology
3
Psychology 151 Social & Behavioral Science 3 hrs
Spanish Language
3
Spanish 202 World Language 2 4 hrs
Spanish Language
4
Spanish 202 & 301 World Language 2 7 hrs
Spanish Language
5
Spanish 301 & 302 World Language 2 6 hrs
Spanish Literature
4
Spanish Elective   3 hrs
Statistics
4
Statistics 143 Mathematical Science 4 hrs
Studio Art: Draw, 2-D, 3-D design
3
Art Studio 250 Arts & Rhetoric 3 hrs
US Govt & Politics
4
Social & Behavioral Science 3 hrs
United States History
4
History Core Humanities 3 hrs
World History
4
History 151 Humanities 3 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.

IB Exam

Equivalency (credit)

Art Art elective (3)
Biology BIOL 161 (4)
Chemistry Natural Science 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 Humanities Core (4)
History, European Humanities Core (4)
History, US History elective (3)
Indonesian LCTL (4)
Korean KOR 202
Mathematics Mathematical Science Core (3)
Music MUSC 103
Philosophy Humanities core (3)
Physics Natural Sciences Core (4)
Psychology PSYC 151 (3)
Spanish SPAN 202 (4)
Visual Arts Arts & Rhetoric 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.

Exam

Course credit

Accounting Accounting 203
Biology Natural Science Core
Business Business 101
Chemistry Chemistry 101*
Economics Economics 151
English English 101
Geography Geography 110
History History 152
Information Sys
Math Mathematics 171 (Calculus I)
Maths - Further Mathematics 172 (Calculus II)
Physics Physics 222

*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 University accepts credit only for the course listed below, completed with the score 50 or higher. No other CLEP examinations are accepted.

Exam

Course credit

Calculus with Elementary Functions Mathematics 171 (Calculus I)