Scores from either the ACT writing test or the SAT I writing test may be used to grant you credit in English.

Scores are combined with your Ball State grade point average, a GPA on a 4.0 scale computed by Ball State based only on college prep and academic course work completed.

English Credit
Test Equivalent Course Score with Appropriate Academic GPA* Credit Hours Awarded

ACT Writing

ENG 103

22 or above *

3

ACT Writing

ENG 103 and 104

27 or above **

6

SAT I

ENG 103

510-630 *

3

SAT I

ENG 103 and 104

640 or above **

6

* Academic GPA = 3.6 for ENG 103 Rhetoric and Writing
** Academic GPA = 3.8 for ENG 103 Rhetoric and Writing and ENG 104 Composing Research


Ball State awards up to 30 credit hours to students who receive a full International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and have earned grades of 5 or better in their three higher-level exams.

Students who have not earned a full diploma may receive credit by earning the required score in a specific subject. Send us your official transcript to earn credit.

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Earn college credit while in high school. Graduate prepared and confident for college-level academics—and with a few credits under your belt.

We accept dual credit taken at your high school, online, or through another accredited institution if you pass the course with a grade of C or better.

Learn More about Dual Credit

Have you taken college-level courses while in military service? You may be eligible to receive credit if your official military reports of educational achievement indicate attainment of college-level equivalency.

We award credit according to the guidelines of the Office of Educational Credit (OEC) of the American Council on Education.

Contact Jennifer Lawson for information on having military credit evaluated.

Learn More about Military Service Credit

You may take a departmental examination before you enroll or while you are attending Ball State.

Credit will be granted if your score meets departmental standards, but it cannot be awarded if you have been or are currently enrolled in that course for credit or audit.

You may not repeat a departmental examination for credit for one year.

Obtain an Application and Certification for Credit by Departmental Examination, Authorization, and Related Field Experience from the appropriate department. A $30 fee may apply.

You may take a departmental examination before you enroll or while you are attending Ball State. All Foundation, Tier 1, and Tier 2 courses in the core curriculum are available for credit by examination.

Please contact the appropriate department for questions on obtaining credit by Department Exam.

Did you take a foreign language in high school? Foreign language placement exams are free of charge. Once you've confirmed your enrollment, you will receive information in your orientation invitation on how to take them. Plan to take the foreign language placement exam if you’re considering the following majors:

  • foreign language major or minor
  • elementary education major (only if selecting the modern languages concentration)
  • English major
  • international business major or minor
  • political science major
  • telecommunications major or minor
  • voice major

Ball State grants credit to currently enrolled undergraduate students who earn satisfactory scores on the subject exams of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

You will not be awarded CLEP credit if you have been or are presently enrolled for credit or audit in an accredited university course that covers the subject for which CLEP credit is offered, nor may you repeat a subject exam within three months.

Fees for each test are $80 payable to CLEP and $45 payable to Ball State University. Test costs are subject to change.

Contact the Office of Academic Advising for consideration and testing procedures.

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CLEP Subject Examinations and Required Scores (PDF)