Credit by Examination
Students may earn college credit for acceptable scores from International Baccalaureate (IB), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) of the College Entrance Examination Board. Credit-by-examination earns credit toward graduation to meet program requirements but carries no grade or quality points and is not used in factoring GPA. Such credit will be granted in an area only if no college work in that area has been taken previously, either attempted or completed, except with special approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Students seeking to obtain college credit from these examinations must submit official score reports to the Office of the Registrar. Enrolled students are eligible to take CLEP tests but must obtain advance approval from the College. The CLEP Approval form is available from the Office of the Registrar. Test results are evaluated and recorded on a student’s transcript if credit is awarded.
To register for AP or CLEP exams, students can go to: www.collegeboard.com/testing/
CLEP Exam Credit – Accepted students may submit scores for the following:
|CLEP course/credit||Min. Score||Watkins Course||Watkins Credit|
|Freshman College Composition||50||ENG 101||3 credit-hours|
|Western Civilization I||50||HIS 101||3 credit-hours|
|Western Civilization II||50||HIS 102||3 credit-hours|
|College Algebra||50||MAT 101||3 credit-hours|
|Natural Sciences||50||SCI 310||3 credit-hours|
AP Exam Credit – Accepted students may submit scores from the following:
|AP Exam||Min. Score||Watkins Course||Watkins Credit|
|AP Drawing*||4 or 5||See Below||3 credit-hours|
|AP 2-D*||4 or 5||See Below||3 credit-hours|
|AP 3-D*||4 or 5||See Below||3 credit-hours|
|Art History||4 or 5||Art 101 & 102||6 credit-hours|
|Art History||3||Art 101||3 credit-hours|
|English Language & Composition||3||ENG 101 & 102||6 credit-hours|
|English Language (Lit) & Composition||3||ENG 101||3 credit-hours|
|European History||3 or 4||His 101 & 102||6 credit-hours|
|European History||4 or 5||His 101||3 credit-hours|
|World History||3||His 101||3 credit-hours|
|Calculus||3||MAT 101||3 credit-hours|
|Sciences||3||SCI 3XX||3 credit-hours|
|Social Science||3||ANT 101||3 credit-hours|
|Other General Education equivalents||3 or higher||Gen. Ed Elective||3 credit-hours|
*Watkins offers a Core Studies program that consists of two courses during the first year of study that are 6 credits each. Advanced Placement scores may be applied to Core Studies courses in one of the following ways:
- Three AP credits (Drawing, 2D and 3D) earn credit for COR 101 & COR 102; students are then required to enroll in DIG 185 Digital Literacy to complete the 12-credit requirement.
- Two AP credits (3D and 2D or Drawing) earn credit for COR 101.
- Single AP Studio Art courses (Drawing, 2D or 3D) or the combination of Drawing and 2D with each transfer as a visual art electives for three credit hours each.
IB Credit – Accepted students may submit scores from the following:
|IB Course||Min. Score||Watkins Course||Watkins Credit|
|Anthropology||5||ANT 101||3 credit-hours|
|Chemistry/ Biology||7/5||SCI 310||3 credit-hours|
|English A||5||ENG 101||3 credit-hours|
|History: All Regions||6||HIS 101 & 102||6 credit-hours|
|Mathematics||5||MAT 101||3 credit-hours|
|Other General Education equivalents||5||Gen. Ed. Elective||3 credit-hours|
Transfer students who were awarded IB, AP, or CLEP credit by a previous institution must provide official score reports from the College Entrance Examination Board. A listing of earned credits recorded on transcripts submitted from previous institutions does not constitute automatic acceptance without official score documentation.