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Credit by Examination

Students may earn college credit through the College Board AP program, CLEP Subject Examinations, the International Baccalaureate program and OBU Advanced Standing or Performance examinations. OBU students may earn up to 32 semester hours through credit by examination.

If the student scores at the required level, credit is recorded on the OBU transcript. The credit is specified as being by examination, with a satisfactory grade of "S." Required levels are listed in this brochure but are subject to change. The student will receive written notice of the results of his examination from the OBU registrar as soon as the scores are received from the testing agency or local instructor. View the specific score requirements.

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CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

CLEP exams are available in more than 30 subjects and are administered monthly at more than 1,000 colleges and testing centers. These exams include multiple-choice and essay components. Students can take the exams at any Open Testing Center. To locate an Open Testing Center visit For reporting your CLEP scores, OBU's college code is 6541. Sample CLEP questions are available at CLEP Testing Centers or the CLEP website. Check with your testing center for CLEP exam fees.

Please note: OBU does not grant credit for CLEP GENERAL examinations.

AP (Advanced Placement Program)

The AP program gives students the opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while still in high school. There are 33 courses in 19 subject areas. Exams are offered at the high school at the completion of each course. More information on AP programs and exams is available at For reporting your AP exam score, OBU's college code is 6541. Check with your high school for the examination fee amount.

IB (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program)

The IB program is a comprehensive, two-year curriculum offered by some high schools which leads to a specialized diploma and offers examinations which may result in college credit. More information is available at OBU only offers college credit for higher-level course work and examinations.

OBU's Advanced Standing and Performance Examinations

OBU allows students the option of taking comprehensive examinations for any course offered by the University. Passing Credit will be granted if the student completes the exam at the equivalent of C level (passing) performance. Students must pre-register for OBU Advanced Standing or Performance Examinations in the Academic Center, Thurmond Hall 201. There is a fee of $100 per credit hour for each examination. For information, call 405.585.5000

Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is a credential awarded to students for demonstrating intermediate or higher proficiency in two or more languages (including English). Each state’s Department of Education establishes guidelines for how local school districts may award their state Seal of Biliteracy. Where a state Seal of Biliteracy is not available, students may seek the Global Seal of Biliteracy. Students admitted to OBU with a Seal of Biliteracy qualify for 6 or more hours of college credit in world languages.