Exams and Advanced Standing

Advanced standing

If you are a matriculated student at Seattle Pacific University, you may earn up to 45 quarter credits through university-recognized testing and advance credit programs. Recognized testing programs are limited to the following:

Credits are awarded only from official documents and using SPU’s awarding criteria. Awarding criteria may change from year to year. You will be granted credit based on the criteria in effect during the catalog year you enter Seattle Pacific University. 

Combined credit for all international 13th year and test programs, including SPU’s Credit by Examination, cannot exceed 45 quarter credits. Examination credits and international 13th year credit — combined with credit from community colleges, technical colleges, and unaccredited colleges — cannot exceed 90 quarter credits. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

If you have completed CLEP exams with minimum scores in the 50th percentile (C grade range), you may be eligible to receive 5 quarter credits for each exam. SPU does not award credit for all CLEP exams. An up-to-date listing of credit offered for CLEP tests is available on the Transfer Equivalency Guide.