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In addition to regularly scheduled credit classes, students may receive college credit for participation in the following alternative credit and study options:

Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Folsom Lake College grants credit towards its degrees for successfully completed College Board Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. A student who meets the following requirements may receive credit for successfully passed exams:

  • Official copies of test scores are on file with Admissions & Records.
  • Student is in good standing, which is defined as having completed twelve (12) units of credit and having a 2.0 GPA.

Students should be aware that other colleges and universities have the right to accept, modify, or reject the use of AP, CLEP, or IB scores towards their graduation requirements. Check with your counselor to determine whether these test results will be accepted at the transfer institution of your choice.

Use these charts to find out how Folsom Lake College grants credit for AP, CLEP, and IB exams:

Adobe PDFAdvanced Placement (AP) Test Scores (PDF)

Adobe PDFCollege-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Test Scores (PDF)

Adobe PDFInternational Baccalaureate (IB) Test Scores (PDF)

Credit by Examination

Under special circumstances, and with the concurrence of the department, students regularly enrolled and in good standing who believe they are qualified by experience or previous training may take a special examination to establish credit in a course in which they are not formally enrolled. A student who wishes to petition for credit by examination must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 units at Folsom Lake College with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Successful completion of a course by examination is recorded on the permanent record/transcript as a Pass (P) grade. The P grade does not enter into the computation of the student’s GPA.

Please note that some four-year colleges and universities do not accept units granted through credit by examination. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor for more information.

For the appropriate petition form and additional information, please contact Admissions & Records.

Independent Studies

An independent study course involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses, pursuant to an agreement among the college, faculty member, and student(s). Independent studies require regular meetings between the student and instructor. Additionally, the instructor may require examinations or other measures of evaluation, field trips, term papers, and other assignments.

Please note that some four-year colleges and universities do not accept units granted through independent study. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor for more information.

For the appropriate petition and course proposal form, please contact Admissions & Records.

Military Service Credit

Credit for military service is granted upon presentation of papers showing honorable discharge from and active duty of one (1) year or more in the United States armed forces. A veteran may receive three (3) units of living skills graduation requirements and one (1) unit of elective credit, if applicable, by submitting a copy of their DD214 separation papers. Under rare circumstances, veterans may also receive credit for satisfactory training completed in service school.

After enrolling at Folsom Lake College, a veteran may apply for evaluation of military service experience for college credit. A copy of the veteran’s DD214 separation paper must be submitted to the Admissions & Records office after the first semester of attendance. Credit granted for military service is based on “A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services,” published by the American Council on Education.

Students in the six-month reserve training program are not eligible for military credit. This is in accordance with the recommendation of the American Council on Education.

Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor for more information.

Work Experience

Work experience is an academic program in which students apply what they have learned in the classroom to their job or internship site and work toward earning college credits. There are two types of programs: vocational and general.

For more information, please visit the Work Experience and Internship Program (WEXP).