Credit by exam is possible in selected courses if the student has prior educational experience that parallels the skills or knowledge required to complete the course. A maximum of 25% of the credits needed for degree or certificate completion may be earned through credit by examination. Students who are planning to transfer should inquire about the credit by exam policy at their receiving institution.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps students earn credit for what they already know through general academic instructions, significant independent study, or extracurricular work. By receiving a satisfactory score on a CLEP exam, students can earn credits required for their degree program at Walla Walla Community College (institutional credit awarding policies do vary, therefore, transfer students should check on the number of CLEP credits accepted by their receiving institution).

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Taking CLEP Exams

Exam Information

  • CLEP examinations cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements in the first two years of college.
  • Many examinations are designed to correspond to one-semester courses, although some correspond to full-year or two-year courses.
  • Faculty at individual colleges review the exams to ensure that they cover the material currently taught in their courses. See a list of the tests by subject.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

AP Examinations represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. The Advanced Placement or AP Exams encompass a variety of subject areas. Students are encouraged to attend schools not offering AP classes can participate. Successful completion of an AP exam can result in the earning of college credits.

Credit Awarding
  • In order to be granted credit at Walla Walla Community College, the AP exam must be successfully completed.
  • Official AP transcripts are obtained from the Education Testing Service or the student’s high school and must be sent to the Coordinator of Testing.
  • The student must review and receive recommendations for the Office of Admissions and Records for credits awarding.
  • AP credits will be entered on a WWCC transcript after student has completed at least one quarter at Walla Walla Community College.
  • Click here to view Washington State Public Baccalaureate credit acceptance policies for AP Washington State.

WWCC AP Credit Awarding
*updated June 6, 2016

Credit Awarding for CLEP

Exam Title
Credit Awarded
Courses Awarded
Biology 15 credits Biology& 211 212 213
Chemistry 5 credits Chemistry& 110
Calculus 10 credits Math& 151 152
Spanish 15 credits 50 = 5 credits;
63 = 10 credits;
70 = 15 credits
Spanish 121 122 123
Humanities 15 credits Humanities& 116 117 118
Principles of Management 5 credits Business
US History 15 credits History& 146 147 148
World History or
Western Civilization
15 credits History& 116 117 118
Financial Accounting 10 credits Accounting 201 202
Human Growth & Development 5 credits Lifespan Psycy& 200
College Composition 5 credits English Composition& 101