Advanced Standing / Transferable Credit

AP scores are received electronically from the College Board.   May exam scores directed to Virginia Tech are received in July. Thereafter, scores are received weekly through August, then every 3-4 weeks. AP/IB Credit can be seen on Hokie SPA within three business days of Virginia Tech receiving the scores. If scores were not directed to the Office of the University Registrar at Virginia Tech (school code 5859), you may contact the College Board at (888) 308-0013. A maximum of 38 hours may be awarded.

CLEP is a national program that offers students credit by computer-based examination. This allows students to have the opportunity to obtain recognition for achievement in specific college courses. Students should request their official CLEP exam results directly from the College Board. Virginia Tech’s CLEP school code is 5859. CLEP credit can be viewed on Hokie SPA under the grades menu. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be awarded.

DSST exams are a form of assessing prior learning through credit-by-exam. Students may have scores sent to Virginia Tech by contacting DSST at 1-877-471-9860.

What is Conditional Advanced Standing and do I qualify? Conditional Advanced Standing refers to an arrangement that permits a student, based on SAT or ACT scores, to place in a course without completing the prerequisite. This process also awards credit for the prerequisite after successful completion of the course. Virginia Tech offers Conditional Advanced Standing for specific English and Math courses based upon the fulfillment of the corresponding requirements. In order to be eligible for advanced standing a student must present SAT or ACT scores. Placement will display on the demographic information page of Hokie Spa prior to orientation.

ENGL 1105, First-Year Writing
An English Reading and Writing SAT score of 670 or higher, or a Reading ACT score of 31 or higher, qualifies a student to advance to ENGL 1106. You must earn a C- or higher on your first attempt in ENGL 1106 at Virginia Tech, or a C or better in transfer credit, to receive advanced standing credit for ENGL 1105. If you withdraw from or earn lower than an acceptable grade on your first attempt at ENGL 1106, you will no longer be eligible for Advanced Standing and will need to complete both ENGL 1105 and 1106.

MATH 1014, Precalculus with Transcendental Functions
A Math SAT of 590 or higher, or a Math ACT score of 25 or higher, qualifies a student to advance to MATH 1025. You must earn a C- or higher on your first attempt in MATH 1025 at Virginia Tech, or a C or better in transfer credit, to receive advanced standing credit for Math 1014. If you withdraw from or earn lower than an acceptable grade on your first attempt at Math 1025, you will lose eligibility for Advanced Standing.

An attempt at a course is a Virginia Tech enrollment in the course, or the course transferred from another institution, that results in a P, a letter grade, or a W on the student’s transcript.

Students who enroll in English 1106 or MATH 1025 without eligibility for advanced standing will not receive credit for the prerequisite course, regardless of how well they do.

Holders of the German Abitur must have completed 13 years of high school and earned the Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife in order for Virginia Tech to consider an award of credit.

The University Registrar requires an official, translated transcript. Credit is awarded based on the results of the Abitur exams. Subject electives are awarded up to an overall maximum limit of 30 credits.

Virginia Tech recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and awards IB credits based on earning a Certificate or a Diploma. Virginia Tech will accept these scores electronically from the testing agency. Please contact the agency to request that scores be sent directly to Virginia Tech (school code 5859) at www.ibo.org. Student score report copies will not be accepted.

Transcripts for May exams are received at the end of July. Thereafter, transcripts are received monthly. IB credit is viewable on Hokie Spa under the grades menu. 

With the IB Diploma, credit is awarded for Higher Level (HL) courses based on minimum scores shown in the HL Credit Table. Credit for only one Standard Level (SL) course is awarded provided a minimum score of 5 is earned. In addition, credit is awarded for Theory of Knowledge with a grade of C or higher and Extended Essay with a grade of C or higher. A maximum of 38 hours may be awarded.

With the IB Certificate, credit is awarded for Higher Level (HL) courses based on minimum scores shown in the HL Credit Table. No credit is awarded for Standard Level (SL) courses. In addition, no credit is awarded for Theory of Knowledge or Extended Essay. A maximum of 30 hours may be awarded.

Cambridge International exams, commonly known as A levels or AS levels, are administered by the University of Cambridge. Virginia Tech recognizes and gives credit for University of Cambridge International Exams based upon the receipt of an official certifying transcript. Students must request an official transcript directly from Cambridge International Examinations or other designated testing agency (Edexcel, etc.) and have this sent to the Office of the University Registrar. Credit will not be considered based on a high school transcript.  Credit can be viewed on Hokie SPA under the grades menu.  A maximum of 38 credit hours may be awarded.

Questions about your transfer credit?

To inquire about other college credit you may send an email to transfercredit@vt.edu. Please include your first initial, last initial, student ID number, the credit source you are seeking (name of the other college, if pertinent). Do not include your full name and student ID number so as to protect your data.