Students may opt to use their knowledge to quickly earn college credit and/or competency.

Most students satisfy general education requirements at CMU by taking the appropriate course(s) in a required area. However, they may choose to fulfill those requirements by proving competency through one of these alternative ways:

  • Advanced Placement: This gives students the opportunity to earn credit in college from courses and tests completed in high school.  [Required AP scores and CMU equivalencies (PDF)]

  • General Education competency exams: These exams are intended to verify that students have met established minimum standards of skills and knowledge and are eligible to bypass a specified required course for graduation. [Competency exams at CMU​]

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP): Sponsored by the College Board, CLEP exams afford students and prospective students the opportunity to demonstrate their academic proficiency in various general areas and specific subjects. [Details, required CLEP scores, and equivalencies]

  • International Baccalaureate: High school students may be able to receive credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Strong scores on IB Higher Level examinations may allow for course waiver or course credit. Exam scores should be sent directly from the IB Office (New York, Geneva, or London) to CMU's Undergraduate Admissions Office for evaluation. [Details, IB score requirements, and CMU equivalencies​ (PDF)].