All exam scores must be received by the American University Office of Admissions no later than the end of the second enrolled term. Exam scores more than six years old will not be accepted for credit. A student whose exam scores articulate as credit for one or more courses in the General Education Program may apply up to 4 credit-by-exam courses to their General Education requirement. Additional courses may still be applied toward the major or minor, or as elective credit. AU will accept a maximum of 30 credit hours from one or a combination of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate, CLEP subject examinations, or other AU approved test credit.
Eligibility to receive advanced credit for specific exams as well as course equivalencies are determined by American University faculty and are subject to change based on annual review.
Admitted students should check with their academic advisor for help understanding how credits earned by examination fit with their overall degree program.
Important: Any examination not listed under the appropriate academic year in which you are starting study at American University is NOT eligible for advanced standing. If you have taken an exam or exams which you would like to have considered for advanced standing, please follow the guidelines below. Please note that completion of this process is a recommendation only, and does not reflect any guarantee that advanced standing will be awarded even if you go through the entire translation process.
Please provide a certified/notarized, official English translation of the full syllabus for each examination subject you wish to be considered. Send as a PDF attachment to: email@example.com
International Admissions will forward this information to our Registrar's Office who in turn will share with the appropriate faculty member for review.
Translated syllabi must be received by the Admissions Office as soon as possible but no later than the end of your first semester.
Note: Due to lack of sufficient information for certain examinations, we may require the student to demonstrate proficiency through further testing in the subject area in order to receive credit.
Special Note on University Requirements and General Education Requirements:
All undergraduate students must complete the College Writing requirement, which normally consists of a two-course sequence, for a total of 6 credits. Students who score 4 or 5 on the AP English Language exam, or a 5 or higher on the Maturita Higher Level English Exam, receive 3 credits toward the College Writing requirement. The remaining 3 credits are fulfilled through LIT-106 College Writing - Intensive or LIT-132 Honors English - Intensive (for students in the University Honors Program).
Finally, students whose exam scores articulate as credit for one or more courses in the General Education Program may apply up to four credit-by-exam courses to their General Education requirement. Additional courses may still be applied toward the major or minor, or as elective credit.