Advanced Placement, College Level Exam Programs, Departmental Exams, Cambridge International "A" Levels, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is available through many high schools and enables a high-school student to earn credit toward college in a variety of subjects. Usually these courses are equivalent to college freshmen/sophomore-level courses such as American Government, World History, Composition, and so forth. College credit will be awarded based on standardized exams administered at the high schools in mid to late May. If you have questions, contact the Admissions Office.
High school students who earn AP exam scores of 3 or higher (on a scale of 1-5) on most exams and who submit official score reports to West Georgia's Admissions Office will automatically receive credit for coursework. Scores of 4 or higher are required to receive credit for history exams. Scores of 4 or 5 count as Honors College credit.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is offered at West Georgia by appointment and allows persons to earn college credit by achieving appropriate cutoff scores on nationally standardized exams. Exams available cover a range of courses including math, history, government, literature, and sciences. Test registration information is available through the Testing Office (678-839-6435).
As with AP testing, CLEP is a great way to earn college credit. Not only will a person save time by not having to take a course containing material he already knows, but he will also save money by not having to pay for a college class. Thus, CLEP enables a student to move through his or her freshman and sophomore years at a faster pace.
International Baccalaureate (IB) scores are also reviewed for possible college credit. Credit is awarded International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level tests with a score of 5 or higher. In some areas of study, credit is awarded for scores of 4. Credit is awarded IB Standard Level tests with a score of 6 or higher if the student completes the IB diploma. Please see specific course equivalencies on the Registrar's Office web page at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/ Freshman and sophomore level credit is awarded for the Cambridge International "A" levels. Please contact the Assistant Registrar for Transfer Equivalency http://www.westga.edu/registrar/for more details.
Note: CLEP, AP, and IB scores for equivalent credit may be viewed on the UWG's Registrar's Website at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/
Several academic departments offer credit by examination, such as the English and Math Departments (see requirements below). The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures also allows students to exempt certain introductory foreign language courses. Interested students should contact these departments directly.
Any student who scores a minimum 570 on the SAT Critical Reading (ACT 25) and has at least a 3.0 academic grade point average is eligible to write the English Exemption Essay. Based on this test score, a student can exempt ENGL 1101. ENGL 1102 may also be exempted.
Note: At the time of this printing, the SAT Writing and ACT Writing Test scores were under review for possible English placement beginning with the high school graduating class of 2010.
Advanced placement with credit is offered through AP English courses taught in high school and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), for which West Georgia is a testing center. Additional information is available through the Office of Testing, telephone 678-839-6435.
Students whose SAT Math score is at least 410 but less than 480 or whose ACT Math score is 17-19 will take MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 as appropriate to their major unless approved for a higher core math course.
Any student who scores a minimum 480 on the SAT Math or 20 on the ACT Math and has completed at least four years of high school mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one year of Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, may be eligible to exempt without credit MATH 1111 (College Algebra) or MATH 1113 (Precalculus). The beginning mathematics course will be determined by the student's major and background in consultation with an advisor. For more information, see "Mathematics SAT Score for determining Course Placement and Credit" in the Undergraduate Academic Policies Section.
Advanced placement with credit in mathematics courses is offered through AP mathematics courses taught in high school and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), for which West Georgia is a testing center. Additional information is available from the Director of Testing, telephone 678-839-6435.