Course Equivalencies

Cornerstone University grants advanced placement or college credit on the basis of examination. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned by CLEP, Advanced Placement (AP), DSST and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) may be applied toward a degree program. You are encouraged to verify the equivalent course with the Registrar's Office prior to taking one of the exams.

No charge will be assessed for the processing of Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP or DSST credits. For information on applying college credit earned through placement exams, review the following criteria for Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, DSST and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores.

Advanced Placement

You may be awarded advanced placement or college credit on the basis of examination. The amount of credit and level of placement are determined by the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations approved by the Cornerstone Education Policy Committee.

  • A test score of 3, 4 or 5 permits a waiver of the course and awards credit.
  • Earning credit by exam will not be allowed for courses previously waived to allow enrollment in an advanced course.
  • You may earn a maximum of 30 credits by exam.
  • No charge will be assessed for the processing of Advanced Placement credits.

AP Equivalencies

CLEP

You may be granted college credit on the basis of examination. The amount of credit is determined by American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations approved by the Cornerstone Education Policy Committee. Credit by exam can be acquired by the following means:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) with scores according to the following list.
  • A maximum number of 30 credits will be assessed by way of credit by exam (i.e., AP, CLEP, DANTES).
  • No charge will be assessed for the processing of CLEP credits.

CLEP Equivalencies

DSST

You may be granted college credit on the basis of examination. The amount of credit is determined by American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations approved by the Cornerstone Education Policy Committee. Credit by exam can be acquired by the following means:

  • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) with scores according to the following list. DSST exams listed as "technical" are applicable only to the adult and continuing education program.
  • A maximum number of 30 credits will be assessed by way of credit by exam (AP, CLEP, DSST).
  • No charge will be assessed for the processing of DSST credits.

DSST Equivalencies

International Baccalaureate

A student may be awarded college credit on the basis of International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. The amount of credit and level of placement are approved by the Cornerstone Education Policy Committee. IB Higher Learning (HL) exams will be accepted with scores of 5, 6 or 7. Letter grades are not given in any course for which credit is granted. These credits may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but do not apply to the residency requirement and are treated as transfer credit.

  • No charge will be assessed for the processing of IB credits.
  • Students must provide an official IB transcript to the university admissions office at the point of admission.

IB Equivalencies