Credit by Examination

You can earn credit for selected courses if you have passed standardized examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST, and International Baccalaureate (IB).
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Credit for selected courses may be secured by students who demonstrate competency by means of scores on standardized examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and International Baccalaureate (IB), or, in the case of  BIB1006 Old Testament History and Literature: Law and History, BIB1007 Old Testament History and Literature: Poetry and Prophecy, BIB2008 New Testament History and Literature, and MTC1000 Music Theory Fundamentals, by locally prepared examinations.

Contact the Registrar's Office or Adult & Graduate Studies to learn the maximum number of credits allowed for standardized examinations. Credits may not be earned through CLEP or DSST examinations whose content duplicates credit previously earned.

The following links are PDF files that will provide you with scoring information for each of the tests mentioned above:

University of Northwestern reserves the right to change, without notice, any credit by examination information to include, but not limited to, minimum test scores, credits awarded, and courses satisfied.

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    Bible Requirements for Transfers

    Transfer students who first enroll at Northwestern as sophomores, juniors, or seniors are to fulfill the core curriculum requirement on a proportional basis.

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    Credit for Prior Learning

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    DSST Testing

    DSST tests help you earn credit for the kinds of things people might learn in nontraditional ways, such as on the job or through a hobby. DSST tests cover more than 30 subject areas.

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