Departmental Credit by Exam

Several academic departments at the University of West Georgia offer the opportunity for credit by examination. The English Program, for example, allows students to write an essay evaluated by a departmental committee. Depending on the passing score, the student will be allowed to exempt English 1101 and/or 1102. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures also allows students to exempt certain introductory foreign language courses. The Math Department allows a student to receive credit for MATH 1111 (3 credit hours) & MATH 1113 (4 credit hours) by taking the ALEKS placement exam.

Advanced Placement Program

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. These courses are equivalent to college freshmen/sophomore level courses. High school students who earn AP exam scores of 3 or higher and who submit official score reports to West Georgia usually receive credit for coursework. Scores of 4 or higher are required to receive credit for history exams and may also count as Honors College credit.

AP Exam Equivalents (PDF, 850K)

College Level Examination Program

The College Level Examination Program or CLEP is a great way to earn college credit. Credit is granted upon the successful completion of a standardized test. Not only will a person save time by not having to take a course containing material he or she already knows, but the student will also save money by not having to pay for a college class. CLEP enables a student to move through his or her freshman and sophomore years at a faster pace. At West Georgia, a “K” grade is awarded after successful completion of a CLEP exam. The grade will appear on the student transcript and evaluation records. 

CLEP Exam Equivalents (PDF, 120K)

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB) scores are reviewed for possible college credit. Students may receive academic credit for exams at each level depending on the score. "K" credit maybe awarded if the student achieves the required score. Please submit an official IB transcript to the Office of the Registrar-Transfer Team for evaluation for potential UWG credit.

IB Exam Equivalents (PDF, 141K)


DANTES (DSST) is a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) originated by the United States Department of Defense to provide a mechanism for eligible military personnel and civilian employees to earn college credit by examination.  Undergraduate students who have been admitted to UWG and are currently in good academic standing may seek the evaluation of DANTES (DSST) credit. Each respective academic department determines the UWG course equivalency for each PLA Assessment.  Students will still be required to complete a minimum of 33 academic credit hours at UWG to satisfy academic residence, dependent upon degree requirements. Please refer to the chart below to determine course equivalency and credit earned.

DSST exams are funded by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program and the first attempt is free for eligible military personnel and civilian employees. Students must wait 30 days to retake a DSST exam, even if the student has a retake voucher. For additional testing details, contact Academic Testing Services.

Please review the current DANTES (DSST) Policy (PDF, 109K) to determine if you are eligible to receive credit.

 Questions concerning the policy should be directed to the Office of the Registrar Transfer Team by emailing or calling  (678) 839-6438. You may also email the Center for Adult Learners and Veterans at for more information.