Examination Credit

Cañada College accepts Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) credits, and Credit by examination toward the Associate Degree and California State University General Education (CSU GE), and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification. Students may not use the credits earned from the above examinations to satisfy the unit load requirements for veteran’s benefit, athletics eligibility, financial aid eligibility, and graduation residency requirement. See below for the policies and requirement of each type of these exams:

  • A maximum of 12 units toward an Associate Degree or 6 units toward a Certificate may be earned for courses for which credit has been earned by examination 
  • Credits earned by examination cannot be used to satisfy the 12 unit residence requirement for the Associate Degree or Certificate of Completion
  • Petitions for credit by exam may be obtained from the Admissions and Records Office

Advanced Placement test (AP) Policy

Cañada College grants credit toward the Associate Degree General Education requirements, California State University General Education (CSU GE), and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum(IGETC) certification requirements for all College Board Advanced Placement Tests on which a student scores 3 or higher.

See AP chart  for detail policy in determining the application of AP test scores.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Policy

Cañada College accepts International Baccalaureate (IB) credits toward Associate Degree general education requirements, and CSU GE and IGETC Certification requirements. A score of 5, 6, or 7 is required to receive credit. See IB chart for detail policy in determining the use of the test scores.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Cañada College and California State Universities award credit for the College Level Examination toward General Education. See CLEP chart for detail policy. CLEP cannot be used in IGETC certification. Students transferring to universities other than CSU may follow the policies concerning CLEP credits of those transfer institutions.

To receive credit for AP, IB, or CLEP Exams, students should:

  • Submit an official copy of exam results to the Admissions and Record Office
  • Request an evaluation through SMCCCD Transcript Evaluation Services, at http://smccd.edu/transeval
  • Consult and review the evaluation results with your counselor when planning your course work. A transfer student must also consult with a counselor at the transfer institution

Additional Information on External Examinations (AP, IB, CLEP):

  1. The AP, IB, and CLEP charts outline how the results of these exams may apply to General Education requirements.
  2. San Mateo Community College District applies AP, IB, and CLEP credit to Associate Degree General Education area requirements in the same manner as the CSU system applies AP, IB, and CLEP credit to CSU GE area requirements.
  3. The chart does not provide information about if or how external exam results apply to major course requirements. The application of AP, IB, and CLEP results to university majors and degree requirements is determined by each transfer institution.
    1. At Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College, each instructional division determines if or how AP, IB, and/or CLEP credit is applied to associate degree major or certificate requirements.
  4. 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.
  5. Each AP exam may be applied to one CSU GE breadth/IGETC area as satisfying one course requirement with the exception of Language other than English (LOTE). Space does not permit discussion of how AP credit is granted for every university and program. Students are advised to thoroughly investigate AP credit as it relates to a University.

Notes:

  • Beginning in fall 2013, when students request the TES evaluation, the results will appear on Web SMART Degree Works Audit
  • The TES evaluation applies external exam results to GENERAL EDUCATION AREA REQUIREMENTS ONLY
  • Visit TES web site, http://smccd.edu/transeval, for more information about the application of external exams and the unit values applied to general education areas, admission units generated by external exams, and other information and restrictions
  • Students must meet with a counselor to review and evaluate the results of these external exams to ensure they plan their education path correctly. However, it is students’ responsibility to thoroughly research this information

Credit by Examination (CBE) - Internal

Students may opt to receive credit by examination by demonstrating their knowledge in the subject. The examination must have been approved or prepared, administered and graded by faculty and other designated authorities of Cañada College.

The steps to receive credit by examination are:

  1. A student must receive written certification from the Admissions and Records Office indicating that the following criteria have been met: a) the student is registered at Cañada and in good standing, with a GPA of 2.0 or better, and b) the student can demonstrate that he/she is qualified, through previous training or instruction, to successfully complete such examination.
  2. The Division Dean, in consultation with faculty, will make the decision whether to offer the exam based upon the availability of a faculty member to administer the exam, and an assessment of the student’s readiness to take the exam.
  3. A letter grade or Pass/No Pass grade will be assigned upon completion of credit by examination and the student’s academic record shall be clearly annotated to reflect that credit has been earned by examination.

Notes:

  • Only courses which transfer to four-year baccalaureate granting institutions are available for credit by exam
  • All 800 level courses, occupational program courses except for certain courses, laboratory-based science courses, and Cooperative education courses are not available for credit by exam
  • A student may challenge a course for credit by examination only one time
  • A maximum of 12 units toward an Associate Degree or 6 units toward a Certificate may be earned for courses for which credit has been earned by examination
  • Credits earned by examination cannot be used to satisfy the 12 unit residence requirement for the Associate Degree or Certificate of Completion
  • Petitions for credit by exam may be obtained from the college website at canadacollege.edu, or the Admissions and Records Office