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Pre-enrollment earned credit for first-year students (advanced placement)

2023-24 Academic Catalog

updated 6.1.23

First-year students who earn college-level credit prior to the first term of enrollment at Augustana may transfer this credit to the college as follows:

Dual enrollment credit:

Students who dual enroll with a local college while in high school have no limit on those college level credits. Courses are subject to official transfer evaluation by the college registrar, see Transcript Policies for details on how to send your transcripts for evaluation.

Testing credit:

A maximum of 24 credits of combined testing credit may be applied toward the degree. This includes a combination of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), an A-Level.

First-year students who have earned more than 24 credits of testing credit have until the end of their first semester of enrollment to declare their 24 credits of testing credits. Once applied to the record these credits may not be changed and it is an irreversible decision. See below for additional policies governing pre-enrollment credit. See the college catalog

Additional policies on transfer and testing credits:

• Augustana does not accept College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams or life/work experience to be applied toward the degree.

• Augustana only accepts one ACE credit for HEPE credit for military service. 

Adopted 2.25.2020

Advanced Placement Credit

First-year students who have taken the College Board Advanced Placement Examination may be eligible for as many as 24 credits. Students who have taken AP tests are expected to send their scores to Augustana for evaluation. Official scores sent from College Board should be sent directly to Augustana College. Scores of 4 or 5 may result in credit.

Credit will not be awarded from a high school or college transcript. Students earning more than 24 testing credits (see policy above) should complete the necessary form in the Office of the Registrar no later than the first term of enrollment to declare the courses, up to 24 credits, that they wish to have applied to their record.

Academic departments determine which scores result in credit. See chart of departments and credits possible. Once declared, this is an irreversible decision. See below for additional policies governing pre-enrollment credit.

adopted 2.25.2020

AP course/test Score Semester equated course LP/suffix Credits Apply to maj/minr?
African American Studies NA Not accepted None NA NA
Art Studio: Drawing 4 ART-101-AP None 4 Yes
Art Studio: 2D Design 4 ART-elective None 4 Yes
Art Studio: 3D Design 4 ART-elective None 4 Yes
Art History 4 ARHI-161AP PA 4 Yes
Biology 4 BIOL-101AP PN 4 No
Calculus AB 4 MATH-160AP Q 4 Yes
Calculus BC 4 MATH-160AP, 220AP & 230AP Q 8 Yes
^Chemistry 4 CHEM-132 PN 4 Yes
Chinese 4 CHNS-202 2nd lang. 4 Yes
Computer Science A 4 CSC-elective None 4 No
Computer Science Principles+ 4 CSC-121 Q 3 No
Economics Macro 4 ECON-elective None 3 See dept.
Economics Micro 4 ECON-elective None 3 See dept.
English: Language/Composition# 4 ENGL-elective None 4 No
English: Literature/Composition# 4 ENGL-elective None 4 No
Environmental Science 4 ENVR-100 PN 4 Yes
French Language 4 FREN-200 2nd lang. 4 Yes
German Language 4 GRMN-200 2nd lang. 4 Yes
Geography: Human 4 GEOG-120 None 4 Yes
Government: American 4 POLS-101AP None 4 Yes
Government: Comparative NA Not accepted None NA NA
*History: American 4 HIST-130AP, 131AP None 8 Yes (see dept.)
History: European  4 HIST-115, 116 None 8 Yes
Italian NA Not accepted None NA NA
Japanese 4 JPN-201 2nd lang. 4 No
Latin 4 LATN-216 None 2 Yes
Latin 5 LATN-316 None 2 Yes
Math NA Not accepted None NA NA
Music Theory NA Not accepted None NA NA
Physics I 4 PHYS-151AP None 4 Yes
Physics II 4 PHYS-152AP None 4 Yes
Physics C (Mechanics) 4 PHYS-211AP PN 4 Yes@
Physics C (Electricity &Magnetism) 4 PHYS-212AP PN 4 Yes
Psychology 4 PSYC-100 PS 4 Yes
Research NA Not accepted None NA NA
Seminar NA Not accepted None NA NA
Spanish Language 4 SPAN-202 2nd lang. 4 Yes
Spanish Literature 4 SPAN-200 2nd lang. 4 No
Statistics 4 PSYC-240 Q 4 Yes
World History 4 HIST-170 None 4 Yes (see dept.)

International Baccalaureate

Students who have earned the International Baccalaureate diploma may be awarded credit for Higher Level passes with scores of five (5) or higher if approved by the department. In some academic disciplines a score of four (4) may be considered, but is subject to individual evaluation and the discretion of the academic department. No credit is awarded for Subsidiary or Standard Level examinations.

The specific amount of credit and course equivalencies awarded for each Higher Level pass are determined through evaluation by the appropriate academic department. The following assessments have already been made:

Level

Test

Score

Equivalent course (credits)

HL Amharic 5 or 6 WLLC-200 (Amharic 4 credits elective, 2nd language fulfilled) 
HL Arabic 5 or 6 WLLC-200 (Arabic 4 credits elective, 2nd language fulfilled)
HL Biology 5 Biology-elective (4 non-major elective credits)
HL Business courses NA This exam not accepted for credit
HL Chemistry 5 CHEM-132 (4 credits, PN, applied to major)
HL Chinese B: Lit. 5 CHNS-202 (4 credits, 2nd language fulfilled, may apply to minor*)
HL Computer Science 5 CSC elective (4 credits of 100-level non-major elective)
HL Design Tech. NA This exam not accepted for credit
HL Economics 5 or 6 ECON-200 (4 credits)
HL English A: Lit 5 ENGL elective (4 non-major elective credits)
HL English B NA This exam not accepted for credit
HL Film 5 WLLC intro to film (4 credits, PA) 
HL French B 5, 6, 7 FREN-200 elective credit
HL Geography 5 or 6 GEOG-120 (4 credits, PS may apply to major*)
HL German B 5 GRMN-200 (4 credits, 2nd language fulfilled)
HL Hindi 5 WLLC-200 (Hindi 4 credits elective, 2nd language fulfilled) 
HL History - Americas 5 HIST-130AP, 131AP (8 credits see AP list for limitations)
HL History-Asia/Oceania 5 or 6 HIST-151 (4 credits, PP may apply to major)
HL History - Europe 5 HIST-115AP, 116AP (8 credits see AP list for limitations)
HL Info Tech Global 5 or 6 BUSN elective or CSC elective (4 credit) only 
HL Math Analysis 5 MATH-160 (4 credits) A score of 4 places student into MATH-160 with no credit
HL Math Application 4+ Placement into MATH-160, no credit given
HL Physics 5 PHYS-211IB (4 credits, PN, may apply to major*)
HL Psychology NA This exam not accepted for credit
HL Soc, Cultural Anth NA This exam not accepted for credit
HL Spanish B 5 SPAN-200 (4 credits, 2nd language fulfilled, may apply to major*)
HL Theatre 4 or 5 THEA-100 (4 credits, PA, applies to minor not major)
HL Visual Arts NA This exam not accepted for credit

Students should understand not all courses equivalencies meet graduation requirements. Once students have committed to Augustana College, they should arrange to have their official IB scores sent directly to the college from the testing agency. For other tests not listed above, those assessments will be made by the Registrar in consultation with the appropriate department in early fall semester after scores are received.

*See department for more information

 

A-Level credits

Students who have taken the Cambridge Examinations or Cambridge International Examinations at the A-level and have earned a grade of A*, A, or B+ may be awarded credit if approved by the department. Scores of B and below will not be awarded credit. The specific amount of credit and course equivalencies awarded for each grade are determined through evaluation by the appropriate academic department. Students should visit the Cambridge website and arrange to have official scores sent directly from Cambridge Assessment to the Office of the Registrar at Augustana College for evaluation. Please note we do not take copies delivered from the student, hand-delivered copies, photo copies or pdf versions. See our policies on sending official records to the college. Scores already approved appear below. 

Level

Test

Score

Equivalent course (credits)

Advanced Accounting A* ACCT-200 (4 credits)
Advanced Biology A* BIOL-101-IB (4 credits) PN, does not apply to major
Advanced Business  A* BUSN elective course (4 credits)
Advanced Chemistry NA No credit accepted
Advanced Chinese NA No credit or placement accepted
Advanced Computer Science A*,A,B CSC-121 (4 credits, Q suffix)
Advanced Economics A* ECON-200 (4 credits)
Advanced Mathematics A*, A, B Placement into MATH-160, no credit given
Advanced Physics A* PHYS-151 & PHYS-152

Faculty adopted 4.26.18

updated 2.9.24

 

Credit and placement by examination

Most examinations for advanced standing are intended only to permit the exceptionally qualified student to enter an advanced course without taking preliminary courses. In most instances, credit will not be given, but a higher level course placement allowed. Such examinations are administered at the discretion of the department involved and a $150.00 fee is charged for each test.

If a grade of "C" or better is achieved on the final examination (or final presentation, paper, evaluation, etc.) for the course, placement will be awarded.  

A petition to the Committee on Advanced Standing & Degrees is required if a student is requesting to test for credit. Support of the provost and the department where the course is offered is required. Approvals will be considered only in rare and unusual circumstances and only where no other options under college and faculty policy are possible (waiving final 12 credits, Acadeum, program substitutions, etc.).

If approved, prepayment to the business office is required for each examination before a test will be scheduled. Examinations will adhere to a maximum two-hour testing time, which is the same as allotted for final exams during exam week. The final grade will be reported to the Office of the Registrar by the department chair within two days of the exam. Credit for the course will be applied to the official record (transcript) with a grade of "P" if a grade of "C" or better is earned. There will be no impact on the grade point average. If a grade of "C" or better is not earned, nothing will be reflected on the student transcript.

The final exam, paper and/or assessment becomes the property of the college and will remain in the permanent record for the student. See the Office of the Registrar for details.

 

Faculty adopted for semesters 4.2.19

Updated 7.18.22

#Students who have taken only one ECON AP test will need to take the new principles course. 

*History majors are limited to 8 credits of AP work in any combination to be applied toward the History major/minor. Please see the HIST department for more information.

^All students who need the chemistry sequence for their major are required to take CHEM-131 or CHEM-235. If they have AP scores as noted above, they will be given credit for CHEM-132 after successful completion of CHEM-131 or CHEM-235.

@Students with qualifying scores will be given credit for PHYS-211 after successfully passing PHYS-313.