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External Examination Credit

CSUSM grants credit to students who pass CSU approved examinations. These include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and some CLEP examinations. The total credit earned in external examinations (excluding Advanced Placement) that may be applied to a baccalaureate shall not exceed 30 units. 

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

     CSUSM grants credit towards its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board.

    Please review the AP Equivalency Table regarding what requirements/credit you have received at CSUSM for your AP exams.

    There is no maximum number of units that a student may earn for AP credit.

    A student who has taken AP examinations should request that scores be sent to the Office of Admissions.

    AP Services:
    P.O. Box 6671
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
    phone: (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada)

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    Students receive units of credit toward graduation. The total credit earned through CLEP examinations applied to a baccalaureate degree shall not exceed 30 units.

    Please review the CLEP Equivalency Table regarding what requirements/credit you have received at CSUSM for your CLEP exams.

    A student who has taken CLEP examinations should request that scores be sent to the Office of Admissions.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

    CSU San Marcos awards six units of credit for each International Baccalaureate Higher Level subject examination passed with a score of 4 or better (except that three units of credit are awarded for the Psychology examination).

    To receive credit, applicants who plan to enroll at CSUSM should request that a copy of their IB transcript of grades be sent to the Office of Admissions for evaluation. IB examinations not covered by the IB course articulation table will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, via petition to the Registrar.

    Please review the IB Equivalency Table regarding what requirements/credit you have received at CSUSM for your IB exams.