Select your GE pattern to see how your scores can be applied to your education plan

External Exam Rubrics

How do I get the credit?

Here's How the Process Works:

Cabrillo College students can receive credit for the following external examinations toward an A.A./A.S. degree: 

  • Advanced Placement (AP) examinations given by the College Entrance Examination Board with scores of 3, 4, or 5
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) tests taken at the HL (High Level) with scores 5, 6, or 7
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores, credit depends on discipline, refer to CLEP chart 

This is a student initiated process, it is not automatic - you must request the use of AP, IB or CLEP credit toward your degree. Your scores must be on file at Cabrillo on order for Cabrillo to use the scores. Students must send an official copy of the AP, IB or CLEP results to Cabrillo. Your scores may be posted on your high school transcript, if so, please submit your official high school transcript. Then, see an Academic Counselor to review the scores and start the process to apply score to your education plan. 

How each score is used depends on your goal:

  • Cabrillo College Degree: see a Academic Counselor to request the use of AP, IB or CLEP credit toward your degree.
  • Completion of GE requirements for transfer: to use external examination results using either the IGETC or CSU GE patterns, see an Academic Counselor to request GE Certification from Cabrillo upon transfer. 
  • Credit for major preparation at your transfer institution: to determine how credits will be used at the four-year university for major preparation, please consult the Catalog of the transfer school or see an Academic Counselor

IMPORTANT NOTES:  

  • Duplicate credit will not be granted to students who have external examination scores and take the equivalent college course. 
  • Some universities may accept a score of 3 on an AP exam to meet campus-specific general education or major preparation requirements. A score of 4 or higher is required in some instances.

Credit will be granted for general education certification according to the following lists:

Advanced Placement Exam (AP)

Cabrillo Advanced Placement

College Board AP Exam

Cabrillo Total Units Earned

Cabrillo Units for GE

GE Area

Art History

6

3

C

Biology

6

4

B2 + B3

Calculus AB

3

3

A2

Calculus BC

6

3

A2

Calculus BC/AB subscore**

3

3

A2

Chemistry*

6

4

B1 + B3

Chinese Language & Culture

6

3

C

Comparative Gov’t & Politics

3

3

D

Computer Science A

3

0

N/A

Computer Science AB

6

0

N/A

Computer Science Principles

6

3

A2

English: Language & Comp.

6

3

A1

English Literature & Comp.

6[1]

6

A1 + C

Environmental Science

4

4

B1 + B3

European History

6

3

C or D

French: Language & Culture

6

3

C

German Language & Culture

6

3

C

Human Geography

3

3

D

Italian Language & Culture

6

3

C

Japanese Language & Culture

6

3

C

Latin

6

3

C

Macroeconomics

3

3

D

Microeconomics

3

3

D

Music Theory

6

3

C

Physics 1*

4

4

B1 + B3

Physics 2

4

4

B1 + B3

Physics C (electricity/magnetism)

4

4

B1 + B3

Physics C (mechanics)

4

4

B1 + B3

Psychology

3

3

D

Spanish Language & Culture[2]

8

5

C

Spanish Literature & Culture

6

3

C

Seminar

0

0

N/A

Statistics

3

3

A2

Studio Art 2D/3D/Drawing

3

0

N/A

US Gov’t & Politics

3

3

D + US-2

U.S. History

6

3

(C or D) + US-1

World History Modern

3

3

C or D

* If test was taken was taken prior to F’09, 6 units of GE awarded for Cabrillo. AP Physic B exam accepted prior to F’13.

** Students who take the Calculus BC examination and earn a subscore of 3 or higher on the Calculus AB portion will receive credit for the Calculus AB examination, even if they do not receive a score of 3 or higher on the BC examination (note that the maximum credit awarded is 6 semester units).

1. Students who pass more than one AP exam in English receive 12 units of credit from the CSU.

2. Students with passing AP scores for Spanish Language and Culture will receive 8 units toward the Cabrillo A.A. Degree for us in the major (for Cabrillo non-transferable degrees only).

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CSU Advanced Placement

College Board AP Exam

CSU Units[1] Earned

CSU GE Units [2] Earned

GE Area

Art History

6

3

C1 or C2

Biology

6

4

B2 + B3

Calculus AB

3[4]

3[4]

B4

Calculus BC

6[4]

3[4]

B4

Calculus BC/AB subscore

3[4]

3[4]

B4

Chemistry*

6

4

B1 + B3

Chinese Language & Culture

6

3

C2

Comparative Gov’t & Politics

3

3

D

Computer Science A

3[4]

0

N/A

Computer Science AB

6[4]

0

N/A

Computer Science Principles

6

3

B4

English Language & Comp.

6

3

A2

English Literature & Comp.

6[6]

6

A2 + C2

Environmental Science**

4

4

B1 + B3

European History

6

3

C2 or D

French Language & Culture

6

3

C2

German Language & Culture

6

3

C2

Human Geography

3

3

D

Italian Language & Culture

6

3

C2

Japanese Language & Culture

6

3

C2

Latin

6

3

C2

Macroeconomics

3

3

D

Microeconomics

3

3

D

Music Theory

6

3

C1 (FA 09[3])

Physics 1*

4[5]

4[5]

B1 + B3

Physics 2

4[5]

4[5]

B1 + B3

Physics C (electricity/magnetism)

4[5]

4[5]

B1 + B3

Physics C (mechanics)

4[5]

4[5]

B1 + B3

Psychology

3

3

D

Spanish Language & Culture

6

3

C2

Spanish Literature & Culture

6

3

C2

Seminar

0

0

N/A

Statistics

3

3

B4

Studio Art 2D/3D/Drawing

3

0

N/A

US Gov’t & Politics

3

3

D + US-2

U.S. History

6

3

(C2 or D) + US-1

World History Modern

3

3

C2 or D

*If test was taken prior to F’09, 6 units of GE awarded for Cabrillo. AP Physics B exam accepted if taken prior to F’13.

**The Environmental Science exam can clear either B2 or B1 plus B3 through F’09, after that date only B1+B3.

1. These units count toward admission eligibility. The units might not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area.

2. Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in CSU Executive Order 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections 1A and 1B of CSU Executive Order 1061.

3. Students seeking certification in GE-Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

4. If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate within each area. See Note below.

5. If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only 6 units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only 4 units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE-Breadth.

6. Students who pass more than one AP exam in English receive 12 units of credit from the CSU.

Note: Students who take the Calculus BC examination and earn a subscore of 3 or higher on the Calculus AB portion will receive credit for the Calculus AB examination, even if they do not receive a score of 3 or higher on the BC examination (maximum credit awarded is 6 semester units).

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IGETC AP

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**AP exams may be used in either area regardless of where the certifying CCC’s course (discipline) is located.

An acceptable AP score equates to 3 semester units for IGETC Certification purposes.

1. At most UC’s additional credit will not be granted if a student takes the equivalent course.

2. AP exams in Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, 2, or B: apply 4 semester units toward IGETC certification. For the Environmental Science, Physics C (elec/mag.), Physics C (mech.): only 3 semester units may be applied toward IGETC. Therefore, students who complete these exams will be required to complete an additional 4 semester units to satisfy the minimum required units for IGETC Area 5. For Physics exams – 5.33 UC units maximum awarded for all tests.

Note: Students who take the Calculus BC examination and earn a subscore of 3 or higher on the Calculus AB portion will receive credit for the Calculus AB examination, even if they do not receive a score of 3 or higher on the BC examination (note that the maximum credit awarded by the UC is 5.33 semester units for UC).

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International Baccalaureate

Cabrillo International Baccalaureate

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1. The IB Curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers. Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.

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CSU International Baccalaureate

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* These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units might not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) or the baccalaureate degree. The units might not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 Revised for details. Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100 Revised (August 23, 2017). Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections 1A and 1B of EO 1061, and at ASSIST.org/.

1. The IB Curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers. Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.

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IGETC International Baccalaureate

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The following restrictions apply: 1) The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers. 2) Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively. 3) *IB exam may be used in either area regardless of where the certifying CCC’s discipline is located.

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COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)

Cabrillo COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAMCLEP

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Note: CLEP may not be used for IGETC.

1. If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g. two exams in French), only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; A passing score higher than 50 is considered “Level II” and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2, as noted.

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CSU CLEP

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Note: CLEP may not be used for IGETC.

1. If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g. two exams in French), only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; A passing score higher than 50 is considered “Level II” and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of CSU GE Breadth, as noted.

*These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units might not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) or the baccalaureate degree. The units might not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 Revised for details. Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100 Revised (August 23, 2017). Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set fourth in Sections 1A and 1B of EO 1601, and at ASSIST.org

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