Credit for Prior Learning

The application of units for admission and the use of external exams to meet major requirements is complex and specific to the transfer institution. Students are strongly encouraged to thoroughly research this information. Please consult with your NVC Counselor. The information here indicates how Napa Valley College applies AP, IB, and CLEP credit toward associate degree general education requirements, CSU GE, and IGETC only. This chart does not provide information about transfer credit generated by external exams for the purpose of admissions. To see our board policy regarding external exam credit, visit our College Policies page. Students who have earned credit through AP, IB, and/or CLEP should not take a comparable college course because credit will not be granted for both the external examination and the comparable college course. The chart does not provide information about if or how external exam results apply to major course requirements. Applying AP, IB, or CLEP credit to meet major requirements is determined by each transfer institution. At Napa Valley College, each instructional division determines if or how the AP, IB, and/or CLEP credit is applied to associate degree major or certificate requirements.

References used for External Exams

Please refer to the college catalog of your transfer destination to learn more about how external exam credit is applied on that campus.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

Students passing Advanced Placement Exams (AP) with a score of 3, 4, or 5 may obtain college semester credits to be applied to the Associate Degree general education requirements at Napa Valley College, the California State University General Education (CSU-GE), and/or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification.  

Use of AP exams for GE, Majors and Prerequisites

  1. Credit will be given for scores of 3 or higher and will be used for associate degree general education according to the chart on page (unit values in parenthesis). Credit will not be equated to specific courses, rather general education areas.

  2. Use of AP exams for the major will be determined by the program coordinator.

  3. Use of AP exams for satisfying prerequisites will follow the prerequisite challenge process.

  4. Official AP exams must be sent by College Board to NVC. Exams posted on High School transcripts will not be accepted as official for credit.

Passing scores for each exam appear on Napa Valley College AP, IB, CLEP Equivalency List for NVC Associate Degree GE, CSU GE, and IGETC.

If you plan to complete an associate degree or a CSU or IGETC certification with Napa Valley College, you must submit Official AP, IB, or CLEP exam results to a Counselor AND complete a request for an official Transcript Evaluation.

Students passing AP Exams with a score of 3, 4, or 5 may obtain college semester credits to be applied to the Associate Degree general education requirements at Napa Valley College, the California State University General Education (CSU GE), and/or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification. Chart below indicates general education areas to be certificated followed by maximum number of units in parenthesis. Please consult your NVC Counselor for clarification. 

AP Exam NVC Associate Degree GE CSU IGETC
Art History C Humanities (3) C1 or C2 (3) 3A or 3B (3)
Biology A Natural Sciences (3) B2 & B3 (4) 5B & 5C (4)
Calculus AB D.2 Mathematics (3) B4 (3) 2A (3)
Calculus BC D.2 Mathematics (3) B4 (3) 2A (3)
Calculus BC/AB D.2 Mathematics (3) B4 (3) 2A (3)
Chemistry A Natural Sciences (4) B1 & B3 (4) 5A & 5C (4)
Chinese Language & Culture C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B & 6A (3)
English Language & Composition D.1 English (3) A2 (3) 1A (3)
English Literature & Composition D.1 English (3)
or
D.3 Communication &
Analytical Thinking (3)
or
C Humanities (3)
A2 & C2 (6) 1A or 3B (3)
Environmental Science A Natural Sciences (3) B1 & B3 (4) 5A & 5C (3)
Government & Politics/Comparative B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
D8 (3) 4 (3)
Government & Politics/United States B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
D8 & US - 2 US Constitution (3) 4H & US - 2 US Constitution (3)
European History B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
or
C Humanities (3)
C2 or D6 (3) 3B or 4
French Language & Culture C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B & 6A (3)
French Literature C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B & 6A (3)
German Language & Culture C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B & 6A (3)
Human Geography B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
D5 (3) 4 (3)
Italian Language & Culture C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B & 6A (3)
Japanese Language & Culture C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B & 6A (3)
Latin C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B & 6A (3)
Latin Literature C Humanities (3) C2 (3) *Removed F09 3B & 6A (3)
Latin Vergil C Humanities (3) C2 (3) *Removed F12 3B & 6A (3)
Macroeconomics B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
D2 (3) 4 (3)
Microeconomics B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
D2 (3) 4 (3)
Physics 1 A Natural Sciences (4) B1 & B3 (4) 5A & 5C (4)
Physics 2 A Natural Sciences (4) B1 & B3 (4) 5A & 5C (4)
Physics B A Natural Sciences (4) B1 & B3 (4) *Removed F13 5A & 5C (4)
Physics C Electricity/Magnetisim A Natural Sciences (3) B1 & B3 (4) 5A & 5C (4)
Physics C Mechanics A Natural Sciences (3) B1 & B3 (4) 5A & 5C (4)
Psychology B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
D9 (3) 4 (3)
Spanish Language & Culture C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B and 6A (3)
Spanish Literature & Culture C Humanities (3) C2 (3) 3B and 6A (3)
Statistics D.2 Mathematics (3) B4 (3) 2A (3)
United States History B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
C2 or D6 & US – 1 US History (3) 3B or 4; & US - 1 US History (3)
World History B Social and Behavioral
Sciences (3)
or
C Humanities (3)
C2 or D6 (3) 3B or 4 (3)

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE EXAMS (IB)

Students passing IB Exams with a score of 5, 6, or 7 may obtain college semester credits to be applied to the Associate Degree general education requirements at Napa Valley College, the California State University General Education (CSU GE), and/or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification. Chart below indicates general education areas to be certificated. Please consult your Counselor or Advisor for clarification. 

IB Exam - HL Exams NVC Associate Degree GE1 CSU GE2 IGETC3
Biology HL A Natural Science B2 5B
Chemistry HL A Natural Science B1 5A
Economics HL B Social and Behavioral
Sciences
D2 4
Geography HL B Social and Behavioral
Sciences
D5 4
History HL (Any region) B Social and Behavioral
Sciences
or
C Humanities
C2 or D6 3B or 4
Language A: Literature (any language) HL C Humanities C2
Language A: Language and Literature (any language) HL C Humanities C2
Language A HL (Any language except English) C Humanities 3B & 6A
Language A HL (Any language except English) C Humanities 3B & 6A
Language A1 HL (Any language) C Humanities C2 *Removed F13
Language A2 HL (Any language) C Humanities C2 *Removed F13
Language B HL C Humanities N/a 6A
Mathematics HL D.2 Mathematics B4 2A
Physics HL A Natural Science B1 5A
Psychology HL B Social and Behavioral
Sciences
D9 4
Theatre HL C Humanities C1 3A

COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)

Students may obtain college semester credits to be applied to the Associate Degree general education requirements at Napa Valley College or the California State University General Education (CSU GE). Chart below indicates general education areas to be certificated and scores required for each exam. CLEP cannot be applied to IGETC. Please consult with your Counselor or Advisor for clarification. 

CLEP Exam NVC GE1 CSU GE2
American Government passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
passing score of 50
D8
American Literature passing score of 50
C Humanities
passing score of 50
C2
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature passing score of 50
C Humanities
passing score of 50
C2
Biology passing score of 50
A Natural Sciences
passing score of 50
B2
Calculus passing score of 50
D.2 Mathematics or
D.3 Communication and Analytical Thinking
passing score of 50
B4
Chemistry passing score of 50
A Natural Sciences
passing score of 50
B1
College Algebra passing score of 50
D.2 Mathematics or
D.3 Communication and Analytical Thinking
passing score of 50
B4
College Algebra-Trig passing score of 50
D.2 Mathematics or
D.3 Communication and Analytical Thinking
passing score of 50
B4
English Literature passing score of 50
C Humanities
passing score of 50
C2 *Removed F11
French Level 2 passing score of 59
C Humanities
passing score of 59
C2
German Level 2 passing score of 60
C Humanities
passing score of 60
C2
History, United States I passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
passing score of 50
D6 & US-1 US History
History, United States II passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
passing score of 50
D6 & US-1 US History
Human Growth and Development passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
passing score of 50
E
Humanities passing score of 50
C Humanities
passing score of 50
C2
Introductory Psychology passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
passing score of 50
D9
Introductory Sociology passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
passing score of 50
D0
Natural Sciences passing score of 50
A Natural Sciences
passing score of 50
B1 or B2
Principles of Macroeconomics passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
passing score of 50
D2
Prnciples of Microeconomics passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
Passing score of 50
D2
Spanish Level 2 passing score of 63
C Humanities
passing score of 63
C2
Trigonometry passing score of 50
D.2 Mathematics or
D.3 Communication and Analytical Thinking
passing score of 50
B4
Western Civilization I passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences or
C Humanities
passing score of 50
C2 or D
Western Civilization II passing score of 50
B Social and Behavioral Sciences
passing score of 50
D6