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Credit by Examination


Norfolk State University accepts the stringency and thoroughness that the curricula of the Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced (A/AS Level), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs provide to high school students. Students who earn qualifying scores in AP, A/AS, CLEP or IB subject examinations may have those credits transferred as equivalent course credits at Norfolk State University. This policy does not apply to freshmen students applying to or who are admitted into the Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) at Norfolk State University for the Math, Sciences, and English courses.

Norfolk State University will review AP, Cambridge, CLEP, and IB exams in comparison to its course offerings and curricular requirements to determine the proper grant of credit for each level of performance at or above the minimal specified:
• 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement examination
• 4 or higher on a higher level International Baccalaureate examination
• 5 or higher on a standard level International Baccalaureate examination
• 50 or higher on a CLEP examination
• C or higher on a Cambridge Advanced examination

See the University's complete Policy on Awarding of College Credit for Examinations.

International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Both IB and AP provides high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school and earn college course credits.  IB and AP course credits are not transferred into the DNIMAS Program.

Approved IB courses and credits
Approved AP courses and credits

Cambridge Exams (A/AS)

Approved Cambridge courses and credits


A list of approved CLEP courses and credits is also available for review.  The CLEP testing fee is $87.00 (as of July 1, 2019 the fee will increase to $89.00) and the Testing Services administration fee is $25.00, per exam.  Contact the testing center at (757) 823-2504 or to schedule your CLEP exam. To cancel or reschedule, contact the testing center at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. Accommodations for students with disabilities will be made in accordance with CLEP guidelines.

Testing Services is a fully funded CLEP test center. The United States government offers funding for all 33 CLEP exams through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).  DANTES will cover exam fees and the test administration fees for CLEP and DSST exams for eligible participants taking a test for the first time. If military test takers want to retake an exam previously funded by DANTES, they need to wait three months and pay the $87 ($89.00 as of July 1, 2019) exam fee in addition to the $25.00 administrative fee required by the test center.

Modern States

Information on how to qualify for a free CLEP preparation course and exam voucher can be found on the CLEP website.  

Modern States will pay for you to take the CLEP exam. Complete all the coursework and then fill out the Modern States CLEP Voucher Request Form for a payment voucher. There are no prerequisites for the 32 courses offered, and all of them are self-paced.