Application of External Exams (AP, IB, CLEP)

Important Note to Students – If you plan to complete an Associate Degree or CSU GE or IGETC certification within the San Mateo County Community College District, submit official AP, IB, or CLEP exam results to your Admissions and Records Office and request a SMCCD Transcript Evaluation at www.smccd.edu/transeval.

Skyline College applies external exam credit to associate degree general education requirements in the same manner as CSU applies external exam credit to CSU general education requirements. External exam results are applied to General Education Area Requirements Only. External exam evaluation results appear on WebSmart Degree Works Audit.

Transfer students should work with a counselor to determine how to apply external exam results to transfer major requirements. All students should work with a counselor to develop a comprehensive SEP after the external exam evaluation is completed.

Advanced Placement Test Policy 2017-18

The following chart outlines the application of credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) towards the Skyline College Associate Degree General Education (GE) requirements, California State University General Education (GE) Breadth Certification, and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Certification. Skyline College applies external exam credit to associate degree general education requirements in the same manner as CSU applies external exam credit to CSU general education requirements

Advanced Placement Test Score of 3, 4, or 5 Skyline College Associate Degree GE 3 semester units Unless otherwise indicated CSU Minimum Semester Credits Earned(*) CSU GE Breadth Certification 3 semester units Unless otherwise indicated IGETC Certification 3 semester units or 4 quarter units Unless otherwise indicated UC AP Credit Policy Total quarter units awarded
Art History Area C1 or C2 6 units Area C1 or C2 Area 3A or Area 3B 8 units
Art (Studio): 2D design None 3 units None None Each exam = 8 quarter units. Maximum 8 quarter units for all 3 exams
Art (Studio): 3D design None 3 units None None Each exam = 8 quarter units. Maximum 8 quarter units for all 3 exams
Art (Studio): Drawing None 3 units None None Each exam = 8 quarter units. Maximum 8 quarter units for all 3 exams
Biology Area B2 & Area B3 4 units 6 units Area B2 & Area B3 4 units Area 5B & Area 5C 4 semester units or 5 quarter units 8 units
Calculus AB (1) Area A3 Meets Math Competency 3 units Area B4 Area 2 4 units Max. 8 quarter units for both Calculus AB & BC
Calculus BC (1) Area A3 Meets Math Competency 6 units Area B4 Area 2 8 unitsMax. 8 quarter units for both Calculus AB & BC
Calculus BC (1) AB Subscore Area A3 Meets Math Competency 3 units Area B4 Area 2 4 units Max. 4 quarter units for both Calculus AB and AB Subscore
Chemistry Area B1 & Area B3 (3) 4 units 6 units Area B1 & Area B3 (3) 4 units Area 5A & Area 5C 4 semester units or 5 quarter units 8 units
Chinese Language and Culture Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
Comparative Government and Politics Area D 3 units Area D Area 4 4 units
Computer Science A (1) None 3 units None None 2 units Max. 4 units for both A & AB exams
Computer Science AB (1) None 6 units None None 4 units Max. 4 units for both A & AB exams
Computer Science Principles (1) None 6 units None N/A 8 qrtr. units
English Language & Composition Area A2 Meets the Writing/ Reading Competency 6 units Area A2 Area 1A 8 units Max. 8 units for both English Language/ Literature & Composition exams
English Literature & Composition Area A2 & Area C2 Meets Writing/Reading Competency 6 units 6 units Area A2 & Area C2 6 units Area 1A or Area 3B 8 units Max. 8 units for both English Language/ Literature & Composition exams
Environmental Science Area B1 & Area B3 (4) 4 units 4units Area B1 & Area B3 (4) 4 units Area 5A & Area 5C 4 units
European History Area C2 or Area D 6 units Area C2 or Area D Area 3B or Area 4 8 units
French Language
If taken prior to Fall 2009
Area C2 (5) 6 units 6 units Area C2 (5) 6 units N/A N/A
French Language & Culture Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
French Literature
If taken prior to Fall 09
Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
German Language
If taken prior to Fall 2009
Area C2 (5) 6 units 6 units Area C2 (5) 6 units N/A N/A
German Language & Culture Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
Human Geography Area D 3 units Area D Area 4 4 units
Italian Language and Culture Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
Japanese Language and Culture Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
Latin Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
Latin Literature
If taken prior to Fall 09
Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 4 units
Latin: Vergil
If taken prior to Fall 12 
Area C2 3 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 4 units
Macroeconomics Area D 3 units Area D Area 4 4 units
Microeconomics Area D 3 units Area D Area 4 4 units
Music Theory
If taken prior to Fall 09 
Area C1 6 units Area C1 None 8 units
Physics 1 (2) Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 4 units Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 8 units Max. 8 quarter units for all Physics exams
Physics 2 (2) Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 4 units Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 8 units Max. 8 quarter units for all Physics exams
Physics B (2)
If taken prior to Fall 13 
Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 6 units Area B1 & Area B3 4 units Area 5A & Area 5C 8 units Max. 8 quarter units for all Physics exams
Physics B (2)
If taken prior to Fall 2009
Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 6 units Area B1 & Area B3 6 units Area 5A & Area 5C  
Physics B (2)
If taken between Fall 2009 and Fall 2015
Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 6 units Area B1 & Area B3 6 units Area 5A & Area 5C  
Physics C: Electricity/ Magnetism (2) Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 4 units Area B1 & Area B3 4 units Area 5A & Area 5C 4 units Max. 8 quarter units for all Physics exams
Physics C: Mechanics (2) Area B1 & Area B3 4 units 4 units Area B1& B3 4 units Area 5A & Area 5C 4 units Max. 8 quarter units for all Physics exams
Psychology Area D 3 units Area D Area 4 4 units
Seminar None 3 units None None None
Spanish Language
If taken prior to Fall 2014
Area C2 6 units 6 units Area C2 6 units N/A N/As
Spanish Language & Culture Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
Spanish Literature
If taken prior to Spring 2013
Area C2 6 units 6 units Area C2 6 units N/A N/A
Spanish Literature & Culture Area C2 6 units Area C2 Area 3B & Area 6A 8 units
Statistics Area A3 Meets Math Competency 3 units Area B4 Area 2 4 units
U.S. Government & Politics Area D & US-2 US Government Specific Area 3 units Area D & US-2 Area 4 & US-2 4 units
U.S. History Area C2 or Area D & US-1 US History Specific Area 6 units Area C2 or Area D & US-1 Area 3B or Area 4 & US-1 8 units
World History Area C2 or Area D 6 units Area C2 or Area D Area 3B or Area 4 8 units

(*) These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.
(1) If a student passes more than one AP exam in Calculus or Computer Science, only one examination may be applied to the Associate and/or Baccalaureate degree.
(2) If a student passes more than one AP exam in Physics, only 6 units of credit may be applied to the Associate and/or Baccalaureate degree, and only 4 units of credit may be applied towards GE Breadth Certification.
(3) 6 units if taken prior to Fall 2009
(4) Students who pass AP Environmental Science earn 4 units of credit. Test prior to Fall 2009 may apply to either B1 & B3 or B2 & B3 of GE-Breadth. Fall of 2009 or later, those credits may only apply to B1 & B3.
(5) 6 units if taken prior to fall 2009; 3 units if test taken after Fall 2009 / “Language” removed from GE-Breadth in Fall 2011.

References:

  • CSU Chancellor’s Office, Memo Code: ASA-2017-13 System-wide Credit for External Examination, April 21, 2017
  • Standards, Policies and Procedures for Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum Version 1.7, June 2, 2016.
  • University of California, AP credits, retrieved June 5, 2017
  • CCC Chancellor’s Office: Memo Code AA 17-20: Policy Change: Advanced Placement Credit, March 30, 2017

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Policy 2017-18

The following chart outlines the application of IB credits towards general education requirements for the Skyline College Associate Degree, CSU General Education Breadth Certification, and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Certification.

IB Exam (All must be Higher Level) Skyline College Associate Degree GE 3 semester units CSU Minimum Semester Credits Earned(*) CSU GE Breadth Certification 3 semester units (2) IGETC Certification 3 semester units or 4 quarter units with a minimum score of 5, 6 or 7
Biology HL Area B2 Minimum score of 5 6 Area B2 Minimum score of 5 Area 5B – without lab
Chemistry HL Area B1 Minimum score of 5 6 Area B1 Minimum score of 5 Area 5A – without lab
Economics HL Area D Minimum score of 5 6 Area D Minimum score of 5 Area 4
Geography HL Area D Minimum score of 5 6 Area D Minimum score of 5 Area 4
History (any Region) HL Area C2 or Area D Minimum score of 5 6 Area C2 or Area D Minimum score of 5 Area 3B or Area 4*
Language A: Literature (any language) HL N/A N/A N/A Area 3B
Language A: Language and Literature (any language) HL N/A N/A N/A Area 3B
Language A: Literature (any language except English) HL N/A N/A N/A Area 3B & Area 6A
Language A: Language and Literature (any language) HL N/A N/A N/A Area 3B & Area 6A
Language A Literature HL Area C2 Minimum Score of 4 6 Area C2 Minimum Score of 4 N/A
Language A Language and Literature HL Area C2 Minimum score of 4 6 Area C2 Minimum score of 4 N/A
Language A1 (any language) HL
If taken prior to Fall 13 (**)(1)
Area C2 Minimum Score of 4 6 Area C2 Minimum Score of 4 N/A
Language A2 (any language) HL
If taken prior to Fall 13 (**)(1)
Area C2 Minimum Score of 4 6 Area C2 Minimum Score of 4 N/A
Language B (any language) HL(1) N/A Minimum score of 4 6 N/A Minimum score of 4 Area 6A
Mathematics HL Area A3 Minimum score of 4 Meets Math Competency Requirement 6 Area B4 Minimum score of 4 Area 2
Physics HL Area B1 Minimum score of 5 6 Area B1 Minimum score of 5 Area 5A – without lab
Psychology HL Area D Minimum score of 5 3 Area D Minimum score of 5 Area 4
Theatre HL Area C1 Minimum score of 4 6 Area C1 Minimum score of 4 4 Area 3A

(*) These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.

(**) Students seeking certification in GE-Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

(1) The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers. Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.

(2) Areas of GE-Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in Executive Order 1100. Areas of American Institutions. (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Section 1A and 1B of Executive Order 1061, and at assist.org.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 2017-18

The following chart reflects the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits that may be awarded toward the California State University General Education (GE) Breadth Certification and the Skyline College Associate Degree General Education (GE) requirements only. CLEP cannot be used in IGETC certification.

CLEP Subject Exam Passing Score for CSU and Skyline College Associate Degree CSU Minimum Semester Credits Earned(*) Earned(1) CSU GE Breadth Certification and/or American Institutions (**)3 semester units Skyline College Associate Degree GE 3 semester units
American Government 50 3 Area D Area D / Social Sciences
American Literature 50 3 Area C2 Area C2 / Humanities
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 Area C2 Area C2 / Humanities
Biology 50 3 Area B2 Area B2 / Life Science
Calculus 50 3 Area B4 Area A3 / Critical Thinking Meets Math Competency Requirement
Chemistry 50 3 Area B1 Area B1 / Physical Science
College Algebra 50 3 Area B4 Area A3 / Critical Thinking Meets Math Competency Requirement
College Algebra – Trigonometry 50 3 Area B4 Area A3 / Critical Thinking Meets Math Competency Requirement
College Composition 50 0 N/A N/A
College Composition-Modular 50 0 N/A N/A
College Math 50 0 N/A N/A
English Composition (no essay) 50 0 N/A N/A
English Composition (with essay) 50 0 N/A N/A
English Literature (***)
If taken prior to Fall 11
50 3 Area C2  Area C2 / Humanities
Financial Accounting 50 3 N/A N/A
French Level I (1) (2) 50 6 N/A N/A
French Level II (1) (2) (***)
If taken prior to Fall 15
50 12 Area C2 Area C2 / Humanities
French Level I (1) (2) 59 9 Area C2 Area C2 / Humanities
Freshman College composition 50 0 N/A N/A
German Level I (1)(2) 50 6 N/A N/A
German Level II (1)(2)(***)
If taken prior to Fall 15
60 12 Area C2 Area C2 / Humanities
German Level II (1) (2) 60 9 Area C2 Area C2 / Humanities
History, United States I 50 3 Area D & US 1 Area D / Social Sciences Meets US History Specific Area
History, United States II 50 3 Area D & US 1 Area D / Social Sciences Meets US History Specific Area
Human Growth and Development 50 3 Area E Area E / Life Long Learning & Self-Development
Humanities 50 3 C2 Area C2 / Humanities
Information System and Computer Applications 50 3 N/A N/A
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 N/A N/A
Introductory Business Law 50 3 N/A N/A
Introductory Psychology 50 3 Area D Area D / Social Sciences
Introductory Sociology 50 3 Area D Area D / Social Sciences
Natural Sciences 50 3 Area B1 or B2 Area B1 or B2 / Scientific Inquiry
Pre-Calculus 50 3 Area B4 Area A3 / Critical Thinking Meets Math Competency Requirement
Principles of Accounting 50 3 N/A N/A
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 Area D Area D / Social Sciences
Principles of Management 50 3 N/A N/A
Principles of Marketing 50 3 N/A N/A
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 Area D Area D / Social Sciences
Social Sciences and History 50 0 N/A N/A
Spanish Level I (1)(2) 50 6 N/A N/A
Spanish Level II (1) (2) (***)
If taken prior to Fall 15
63 12 Area C2  Area C2 / Humanities
Spanish Level II (1) (2)  63 9 Area C2  Area C2 / Humanities
Trigonometry
If taken prior to Fall 06
50 3 Area B4  Area A3 / Critical Thinking Meets Math Competency Requirement
Western Civilization I 50 3 Area C2 or Area D Area C2 or Area D / Humanities or Social Sciences
Western Civilization II 50 3 Area D Area D / Social Sciences

(*) These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 100 for details.
(**) Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org.
(***) Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.
(1) For CLEP tests in the same language other than English: Only one exam score may be applied towards the CSU degree; A passing score of 50 is considered "Level I" and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; A passing score higher than 50 is considered "Level II" and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth
(2) If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English, then only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; the higher score listed for each test is considered “Level II” and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth, as noted.

 

Reference: 

  • CSU Chancellor’s Office, Memo Code: ASA-2017-13 System-wide Credit for External Examination, April 21, 2017

Additional Information on External Exams

  1. Issues around credit for external exams are complex. Where there is common use for general education AREAS as noted above, the application of units for admission, the use of external exams to meet major requirements, and more, is complex and specific to the receiving transfer institution.*
  2. In general, students who have earned credit through AP, IB, and/or CLEP should not take a comparable college course because credit will not be granted for both the external examination and the comparable college course.**
  3. This chart identifies how the Skyline College applies AP, IB, and CLEP credit to associate degree general education area requirements, CSU GE areas, and IGETC areas in the same manner as the CSU system applies AP, IB, and CLEP credit to CSU GE area requirements. The chart does not provide information about if or how external exam results apply to major course requirements (for the Associate Degree).
  4. At Skyline College, each instructional division determines if or how AP, IB, and/or CLEP credit is applied to associate degree major or certificate requirements. Students are encouraged to speak with a counselor for assistance.
  5. Transfer Students: This chart does not provide information about transfer credit generated by external exams for the purpose of admissions, nor does it provide information on the application of AP, IB, or CLEP credit to meet lower-division major requirements. Each transfer institution determines if or how external exam results are applied. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with a counselor for assistance.
  6. References to use for information about external exams are:
    • CSU Chancellor’s Office, Memo Code ASA-2017-13 System-wide Credit for External Examination, April 21, 2017
    • Standards, Policies and Procedures for Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum Version 1.8, June 7, 2017 http://icas-ca.org/standards-policies-and-procedures-manual
    • University of California, AP Credits, retrieved June 5, 2017
    • CCC Chancellor’s Office: Memo Code AA 17-20: Policy Change: Advanced Placement Credit, March 30, 2017
    • Refer to the college catalog of your transfer destination to learn more about how external exam credit is applied on that campus.

* Students are strongly encouraged to research this information and work with their counselors to fully understand the application of these units towards transfer.

** Exceptions do apply. Students should work with a counselor to determine if exemptions apply to them.

Revised July 3, 2017