Credit By Examination

Winthrop University grants credit to students who demonstrate mastery of a subject based upon their performance on standardized examinations. Credit hours for courses exempted by examination are recorded on students' permanent record when they register as regular students at Winthrop. No grades are given for these hours and no more than 30 semester hours may be earned by examination.

Winthrop accepts and evaluates scores from three examination programs: Advanced Placement (AP), the International Baccalaureate Program (IB), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations.

Advanced Placement. Advanced Placement (AP) scores must be sent directly to Winthrop from the College Board. Students successfully completing advanced placement courses and receiving a score of three or above on the exam shall receive credit for the appropriate Winthrop course. For a listing of acceptable AP Exams and required scores, contact the Office of Admissions or view the list online at

International Baccalaureate. Winthrop University will award advanced credit for scores of 5 or above in mathematics and computer science and 4 or above on all other higher level International Baccalaureate examinations. Additional information is available online at

CLEP Examinations. Winthrop University grants credit only for the Subject Examinations, which are designed to exempt specific courses. Winthrop encourages students to take the CLEP Subject Examinations for credit in subjects or areas which they have mastered through previous study, purposeful reading, travel, or other experiences. 

Interested students may also speak with their advisor, Student Services personnel for their major, or department chair regarding intended test.