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This is an archive of the 2020-2021 University Catalog.
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Policies and Procedures by Category: Credit By Examination

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

CSUN grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit. Students should have their official AP course transcripts and test scores sent to Admissions …

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of exams that test college-level knowledge gained through professional development, on-the-job training, the military, etc. CLEP affords participants an opportunity to obtain college credit, satisfy course prerequisites and/or meet general requirements by exam. Students attending CSUN should review the required CLEP scores for meeting course equivalencies in the table …

Credit by Challenge Examination Taken at CSUN

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at CSUN. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully. Currently enrolled undergraduate students not on probation who are especially qualified through experience or private instruction may petition to earn credit by challenge examination in selected courses designated by each department. A challenge examination provides …

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses designated as Honors Courses on the UC/CSU “a-g” college preparatory subjects list are awarded extra grade points for computation of the high school GPA. To be awarded advanced standing credit for successful performance, the IB test must be higher level (HL) and have a score of 4 or higher. IB tests …

National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Credit

Students in the RN-BSN or the Collaborative programs may automatically receive 15 units of NCLEX credit after: Successfully completing NURS 303 Introduction to Professional Nursing. Proof of passing the NCLEX exam as demonstrated via verification through the Department of Consumer Affairs License Search, or the candidate’s state equivalent.