Advanced Placement

As a participant in the Advanced Placement program of the College Board, Merrimack College grants credit to students who present examination scores of at least 3 on Advanced 295 Placement tests offered by the Educational Testing Service.

Students who have taken the test should have their official scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, and the dean of admission at Merrimack College (code number 3525) prior to June 1. Chairs of each academic department establish the number of Merrimack credits and the advanced placement level for successful students under the Advanced Placement program.

WLCS credits for Advanced Placement are granted as follows:

AP ExamCredit-Granting ScoreMerrimack EquivalentCredit
AP French Language3FRE 1120 (Introductory French II)41
 4FRE 2010 (Intermediate French I)41
 5FRE 2020 (Intermediate French II)41
AP Italian Language3ITA 1120 (Introductory Italian II)41
 4ITA 2010 (Intermediate Italian I)41
 5ITA 2020 (Intermediate Italian II)41
AP Spanish Language3SPA 1120 (Introductory Spanish II)41
 4SPA 2010 (Intermediate Spanish I)41
 5SPA 2020 (Intermediate Spanish II)41
AP Spanish Literature4SPA 3020 (Conversation and Culture)41
 5SPA 3010 (Composition and Culture)41

College Level Examination

Course credit may be granted through the College Level Examination Program, in which students can take an equivalency examination in an academic area instead of a course offered by the college in that area. The examinations are offered by the College Entrance Examination Board and are available in most academic disciplines.

CLEP examinations are usually offered to replace courses at the introductory level. Transfer applicants to the college who have taken CLEP exams are required to have their official CLEP score report sent to Merrimack College (code #3525) for potential transfer credit.

CLEP examinations should be taken prior to the start of a student’s junior year, but no later than the start of the senior year.

When and Where to Take

Those living near Merrimack College may wish to take the CLEP test at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Information regarding CLEP testing dates and testing facilities is available to students and advisers by contacting Merrimack’s world languages and cultural studies office at 978-837-5376 or by visiting the NECC website. Depending on your score, you may be granted up to 12 credits, as follows:


Credit-Granting Score

Merrimack Equivalent



College-Level French Language50FRE 1110  and FRE 1120 (Intro I and II)82
 59FRE 1120, FRE 2010 and FRE 2020 (completion of the Intro levels plus Intermediate I and II)123
College-Level Spanish Language50SPA 1110  and SPA 1120 (Intro I and II)82
 63SPA 1120, SPA 2010 and SPA 2020 (completion of the Intro levels plus Intermediate I and II)123

Students pursuing a language minor must take at least half of their course requirements at Merrimack College. For this reason, they are required to take a minimum of three courses beyond their CLEP transfer credits.