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Credit by Examination

Moravian University recognizes the concept of "course equivalency," which permits the University to certify the educational value of private study and other out-of-class experiences and, following appropriate evaluation by the University, enables the student to receive academic credit toward a degree. Some ways by which students may receive advanced placement and credit by examination are detailed in the following tables. A maximum of 8 course units for credit by examination, in any combination, may be applied to a Moravian University degree. 

Advanced Placement Examination

Moravian University awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level certain Advanced Placement Examinations taken prior to admission. Minimum scores are given below:

2-D Design 4 Elective M6
3-D Design 4 Elective M6
Art History 4 Elective M6
Art Studio Drawing 4 Elective M6
Art Studio General 4 Elective M6
Biology 4 BIOL 100 F4
Calculus AB or AB subscore 4 MATH 170 F2
Calculus BC 4 MATH 171 F2
Chemistry 4 CHEM113 F4
Chemistry 5 CHEM 113 & CHEM 114 F4
Chinese Language & Literature 4 One course unit F3
Computer Science A 4 CSCI120 F4
Computer Science Principles   No credit awarded  
English Lang & Comp 4 Elective (WRIT100 for transfers) -
English Lit & Comp 4 Elective M2
Environmental Science 4 ENVR 112 F4
European History 4 HIST 112 M1
French Language 4 FREN 110 F3
French Literature 4 Elective -
German Language 4 GERM 110 F3
Government & Politics US 4 POSC 110 M4
Governments & Politics Comp 4 POSC 125 M5
Human Geography 4 IDIS 110 M5
Italian 4 One course unit F3
International English Language 4 Elective -
Japanese Language & Literature 4 One course unit F3
Latin 4 One course unit F3
Macroeconomics 4 Elective -
Microeconomics 4 Elective -
4 on Micro and Macro Economics 4 ECON 152 M4
Music: Theory 4 MUS 101 M6
Physics 1 4 PHYS 109 F4
Physics 2 4 PHYS 110 F4
Physics C: Electricity & Mag 4 PHYS 112 F4
Physics C: Mechanics 4 PHYS 111 F4
Psychology 4 PSYC 120 -
Spanish Language 4 SPAN 110 F3
Spanish Literature 4 Elective -
Statistics 4 MATH 107 F2
US History 4 HIST 113 M1
World History 4 Elective -

† The Department of Economics and Business will waive the requirement for Economics 152 upon the student's completion of both tests with a minimum score of 4.* Acceptance conditional upon departmental approval. Departments reserve the right to verify test results and to make supplemental assignments. 

International Baccalaureate

Moravian University awards credit to students who have passed any higher-level International Baccalaureate exams with a score of 5 or better (6 is the minimum required score for English language). Departments reserve the right to verify test results and to make supplemental assignments.

College Level Examination Program

Moravian University awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level various tests of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Excelsior College Examinations (formerly New York Regents College Examinations), ACT-PEP Examinations, and DSST (formerly DANTES—Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support) program. These may be taken prior to admission or after a student has enrolled at the University. Students with nontransferable coursework from other colleges may qualify for credit through CLEP and DSST examinations. Minimum scores in the various CLEP and DSST tests are given below. In some cases (indicated by ‡) a supplemental essay is required; students must attempt essays administered by Moravian University. Inquiries about credit for CLEP and DSST examinations listed below should be addressed to the associate dean for academic affairs. 

Minimum Scores for CLEP Subject Examinations

1 unit/4 credits per test

American Government 50  
American Literature ‡ 55*
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature ‡ 55*
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50  
College French I/II 50/62  
College German I/II 50/62  
College Spanish I/II 50/62  
English Literature ‡ 55*
General Biology 55  
General Chemistry 55  
Introduction to Psychology 55  
History of the U.S. I 53  
History of the U.S. II 53  
Human Growth and Development 50  
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50  
Principles of Management 50  
Principles of Accounting 50  
Introductory Business Law 51  
Principles of Macroeconomics 50  
Principles of Marketing 50  
Introductory Sociology 50  
Western Civilization I 53  
Western Civilization II 53 

Minimum Scores for CLEP General Examinations

1 unit/4 credits per test

Natural Sciences 50  
College Composition Modular with Essay ‡ 50  
Humanities 50  
Social Sciences/History 50  
College Mathematics 50  

Note: CLEP general examinations may not be used to fulfill requirements within Learning in Common or in a student's major or minor.

* Departments reserve the right to verify test results and make supplemental assignments.

‡ essay required; students must attempt essays administered by Moravian University.

  • Students who are majoring in biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, or environmental studies may not take the Natural Sciences CLEP exam.
  • Students who have completed any 100-level course in biology may not take the Biology CLEP exam.
  • Students who have completed any 100-level course in chemistry may not take the Chemistry CLEP exam.
  • Students who are working towards a math major or minor may not take the College Mathematics CLEP exam.
  • Students who have completed their F3 (foreign language) requirement may not take a CLEP in the same language in order to earn additional credit. Students who take a foreign language CLEP exam prior to completing their F3 requirement may be placed into level 105 of the same language at Moravian with a score of 50; students who earn a score of 62 or higher may be placed into level 110 of the same language. Students who subsequently earn a grade of C (not C–) or better will be awarded one unit of credit for the CLEP (without a grade) and complete their F3 requirement.

Minimum Scores for DSST Examinations

(4 credit hours awarded unless otherwise noted)

Principles of Finance 47/410  
Principles of Financial Accounting 47  
Human Resource Management 48  
Organizational Behavior 48  
Principles of Supervision 46/400  
Business Law II 50  
Introduction to Computing 47/410  
Introduction to Business* 46/400  
Money and Banking 48  

Ethics in America 50/420  
Introduction to World Religions 49/410  
Introduction to the Modern Middle East 48  
Human/Cultural Geography 50  
A History of the Vietnam War 50  
Art of the Western World 48  
Western Europe since 1945 50  

Principles of Statistics 48/410  

Physical Science
Astronomy 52  
Here's to Your Health ‡ 48/400  
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 50  
Principles of Physical Science I 52  
Physical Geology 50  

Social Science
Foundations of Education § 49  
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 50  
General Anthropology 50  
Introduction to Law Enforcement 50  
Criminal Justice 49/410  
Fundamentals of Counseling 50  

* 2 credits. 

† To receive credit at Moravian for Principles of Public Speaking, the student is required to submit on VHS-format videotape or DVD a 3-5 minute persuasive speech in addition to completing the examination at an acceptable level.

‡ Course equivalency and credit determined by physical education chair.

§ This test is not available to students who have completed Education 160 or its equivalent.

Proficiency Examinations

Moravian University awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level proficiency examinations administered by the University for certain of its courses. An "acceptable level" is normally defined as a C (or equivalent) or better. A simple passing grade (D–, for example) is not considered "acceptable" to receive credit on a proficiency examination. Individual departments reserve the right to define "acceptable" differently for the purpose of preparing a student to continue into other courses in their curriculum. Information about a proficiency examination for a specific course, an indication of the scope of the course, suggested readings, and preparation for the examination may be obtained from the appropriate department chair.

If a student decides to take one or more proficiency examinations, he or she should obtain a Proficiency Exam (Challenge Exam) Form in the Office of the Registrar and pay a fee of $85 for each examination to the Student Accounts Office. 

A student who passes a proficiency examination will be given credit for the course but no grade will be recorded. A student who fails a course may not take a proficiency examination for that course in the term immediately following the failure.

A student may not take a proficiency or challenge exam for a course the student previously has audited.