Florida International University accepts examinations for credit according to state guidelines established by the Florida Board of Governors' Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) in August 2006. Based on these guidelines, the following exams have transfer guarantees established at the State level: Advanced Placement Exams (AP), Cambridge AICE Exams (AS and A-LEVEL),International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTE/DSST, and Excelsior Exams (UExcel).
FIU also accepts the following credit-by-exam mechanisms: Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams (CAPE), French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Swiss Matura, AP - Puerto Rico. These credit-by-exam mechanisms are evaluated on a case-by-case basis in consultation with University faculty; proper documentation (exam outlines, syllabi) is required for the review process. The application of credit for these exams is left to the discretion of the University.
Transfer & Transition Services coordinates the evaluation of exams that may meet the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements.. Additional exams that may be applicable to the student's major must be forwarded to the department advisor for further consideration.
FIU Credit-by-Exam Guidelines:
- A maximum of 45 credits may be awarded for all exams combined (e.g., A-Level, AP, CLEP, IB, other).
- Credit by examination may not duplicate credit previously earned through postsecondary courses or through examination.
- If duplicate credit exists among exams, the exam yielding the most credit and/or higher-level course will be awarded.
- Students admitted in the Fall or Spring term must complete these exams prior to enrollment. Official scores must be reported to FIU before the end of the first term of enrollment. Exception: CLEP exams may be taken while the student is enrolled.
- Students admitted in the Summer Term must complete these exams prior to enrollment. Official scores must be reported to FIU before the end of the Fall term. Exception: CLEP exams may be taken while the student is enrolled.
- Equivalent courses earned via exams generally fulfill the same requirements that an FIU course fulfills.
- Courses designated as UCC1 or UCC2 (e.g., MAC UCC1, WRH UCC2) meet University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements, but may not meet major requirements.
- Course equivalencies are included in the student's academic record, including the official and unofficial transcript, the Transfer Credit Report and the Panther Degree Audit (PDA).
- There are no grades associated with these exams, and therefore, no impact on a student's cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
- Students with older scores will be awarded credit based on either the new minimum scores and course equivalencies, or the University’s policy in effect when the student took the exams. Award will depend on each exam.
- Exams not listed on the equivalency tables are subject to further review. For equivalency, contact TTS: course/exam outline(s) are required.