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Academic Tests

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a testing program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). It is a special, college-level, learning experience for high school students, which can take the form of an honors class, a strong regular course, a tutorial, or an independent study.

High school students who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program during high school or have developed an equivalent background through self-initiative may take tests offered by the College Board each year during the month of May, and scores will be reported to three colleges of the student’s choice. The student must have successfully completed one quarter at YVC before advanced placement credit will be placed on the transcript. Scores in computer science, economics, and music may also be submitted and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Submit scores

Steps to submit your scores for placement into courses at YVC:

  • ​Advanced Placement exam scores must come directly from College Board.
  • Advanced Placement Exams
    PO Box 6671, Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
    Phone: 609.771.7300

Course placement after scores submitted

The following credit will be granted to students entering YVC who have submitted scores from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations Program.

Exam Score Credit YVC Courses
Art – History of Art 3+ 5 ART& 100
Biology 3+ 5 BIOL 109
Calculus AB 3+ 5 MATH& 151
Calculus BC 3+ 10 MATH& 151, 152
Chemistry 3 5 CHEM 100
Chemistry 4 5 CHEM 109,110
Chemistry 5 5 CHEM 141,151
Economics – Micro 3+ 5 ECON& 201
Economics – Macro 3+ 5 ECON& 202
English Language & Composition 3+ 5 ENGL& 101
French Language & Culture 3 5 FREN 101
French Language & Culture 4 10 FREN 101, 102
French Language & Culture 5 15 FREN 101, 102, 103
German Language & Culture 3 5 GERM 101
German Language & Culture 4 10 GERM 101, 102
German Language & Culture 5 15 GERM 101, 102, 103
Geography 3+ 5 GEOG& 200
Government & Politics 3+ 5 POLS& 202
History – European 3-4 5 HIST& 117
History – European 5 10 HIST& 117, 118
History – U.S. 3-4 5 HIST& 136
History – U.S. 5 10 HIST& 136, 137
Music – Listening/Literature 3+ 5 MUSC& 105
Physics 3-4 5 PHYS 115/125
Physics 5 5 PHYS 115/125, 116/126, 117/127
Physics B 3-4 5 PHYS 115/125
Physics B 5 15 PHYS 115/125, 116/126, 117/127
Psychology 3+ 5 PSYC& 100
Spanish Language & Culture 3 5 SPAN 101
Spanish Language & Culture 4 10 SPAN 101, 102
Spanish Language & Culture 5 15 SPAN 101, 102, 103
Statistics 3+ 5 MATH& 146

The public baccalaureate sector will grant at a minimum elective credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three (3) or higher. May be subject to maximum credit limits. Please contact the Placement Office for additional details.

Washington state community and technical colleges, including YVC will grant a minimum elective credit for an Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 or higher. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official AP results, not transcript notation.

ACT/SAT Placement

The goal of placement is to assess skills to ensure students are able to successfully engage with course content and have the best chances at passing the course. Many students now take both the ACT and SAT. Once you have your test scores, you need to determine which scores will benefit you more in the college placement process.

About ACT/SAT

The ACT and SAT are entrance exams used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. However, it is just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, and academic transcripts.

Submit scores

Steps to submit your scores for placement into courses at YVC:

  • When taking the SAT you can select Yakima Valley College and we will be able to view them. If you did not submit your scores at the time of testing, you may log into your College Board account and request your scores be sent.
  • When taking the ACT, you can select Yakima Valley College (code # 4622) and we will be able to view them. If you did not submit your scores at the time of testing, you may log into your ACT account and request your scores be sent or download a copy request form

Course placement after scores submitted

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ACT/SAT Test score Placement
ACT Reading 21+ English 101
ACT English 20+ English 101
SAT Critical Reading 500+ English 101
ACT Math 19 – 21 Math& 107, 131, 146, or Math 095
ACT Math 22 – 26 Math& 141 or 111
ACT Math 27 Math& 142 or 148
ACT Math 28 Math& 151
SAT Math 450 – 499 Math& 107, 131, 146, or Math 095
SAT Math 500 – 609 Math& 141 or 111
SAT Math 610 – 629 Math& 142 or 148
SAT Math 630+ Math& 151

​College-Level Examination Program

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations are based on undergraduate courses offered during the first two years of college study. They are developed by college instructors for the purpose of awarding college credit. Like end-of-course examinations, CLEP exams demand comprehensive subject knowledge. Both CLEP subject and general examinations yield credit at YVC when satisfactory performance levels are reached.

Successfully completed CLEP examinations receive ‘S’ grades. Several YVC degrees and certificates limit the total number of ‘S’ grades, so it is important to speak with an advisor about taking CLEP examinations. Students must successfully complete one quarter at YVC before CLEP credits will be placed on their transcript.

The following credit will be granted to students entering YVC who have submitted scores from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations Program.

To take a CLEP exam, visit YVC’s Testing Services.

Submit scores

Steps to submit your scores for placement into courses at YVC:

  • ​CLEP examination scores must come directly from College Board:
  • CLEP- Transcript Services
    PO Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
    Phone: 800.257.9558

YVC now offers CLEP exams in Testing Services. CLEP exams cost $100 each ($80 to College Board and $20 YVC administration fee payable to the YVC Cashier) and are available by appointment. Register at the link below to purchase a test.

Register for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Contact YVC Testing Services at 509.574.4738 to make an appointment.

Course placement after scores submitted

The following credit will be granted to students entering YVC who have submitted scores from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations Program.

Exam Score Credit YVC Courses
American Government 50+ 5 POLS& 202
American Literature 50+ 5 ENGL 220
Biology 50+ 5 BIOL 109
Calculus 50+ 5 MATH& 151
Chemistry 50+ 5 CHEM 100
College Composition 50+ 5 ENGL& 101
College Mathematics 50+ 5 MATH& 107
English Literature 50+ 5 ENGL 264
Financial Accounting 50+ 5 ACCT& 201
French- Level 1 50+ 5 FREN 101
French- Level 2 59+ 10 FREN 101 FREN 102
German- Level 1 50+ 5 GERM 101
German- Level 2 60+ 10 GERM 101 GERM 102
History of the US I 50+ 5 HIST& 136
History of the US II 50+ 5 HIST& 137
Human Growth & Development 50+ 5 PSYCH 213
Humanities 50+ 9 HUM 102   HUM 103    HUM 104
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50+ 5 IT 101
Intro to Educational Psychology 50+ 5 Elective Credit SS distribution
Intro to Business Law 50+ 5 BUS& 201
Intro to Psychology 50+ 5 PSYCH& 100
Intro to Sociology 50+ 5 SOC& 101
Pre-calculus 50+ 5 MATH& 107
Principles of Macroeconomics 50+ 5 ECON& 202
Principles of Management 50+ 5 BA 158
Principles of Marketing 50+ 5 BA 156
Principles of Microeconomics 50+ 5 ECON& 201
Spanish- Level 1 50+ 5 SPAN 101
Spanish- Level 2 63+ 10 SPAN 101 SPAN 102
Western Civilization I 50+ 5 HIST& 116
Western Civilization II 50+ 5 HIST& 118

Dantes Standardized Subject Test (DSST)

DANTES Standardized Subject Test (DSST) examinations are based on undergraduate courses offered during the first two years of college study. They are developed by college instructors for the purpose of awarding college credit. Similar to CLEP examinations, DSST exams demand comprehensive subject knowledge. DSST examinations yield credit at YVC when satisfactory performance levels are reached.

Successfully completed DSST examinations receive ‘S’ grades. Several YVC degrees and certificates limit the total number of ‘S’ grades, so it is important to speak with an advisor about taking DSST examinations. Students must successfully complete one quarter at YVC before DSST credits will be placed on their transcript. If the DSST class does not match a YVC class, credit will be granted as elective credit in the distribution area listed.

If experience is the world’s greatest teacher, then your experiences may well qualify you for college credit. The nationally recognized DSST Program helps you receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom through a suite of more than 30 exams in college subject areas such as Social Sciences, Math, Applied Technology, Business, Physical Sciences and Humanities.

A form of prior learning assessment, DSSTs offer students a cost effective, time saving way to use their knowledge acquired outside of the classroom (perhaps from reading, on-the-job training, or independent study) to accomplish their educational goals.

Submit scores

Steps to submit your scores for placement into courses at YVC:

Course placement after scores submitted

The following credit will be granted to students entering YVC who have submitted scores from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations Program.

Exam Score Credit YVC Courses
A History of the Vietnam War 49 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Art of the Western World 48 5 Humanities Distribution
Astronomy 48 5 ASTR& 100
Business Law II 52 5 Elective Credit
Business Mathematics 48 5 MATH 111
Contemporary Western Europe: 1946-1990 48 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Criminal Justice 49 5 CJ& 101
Environment & Humanity 46 5 Natural Science Distribution
Ethics in America 46 5 Humanities Distribution
Foundations of Education 46 5 EDUC 210
Fundamentals of College Algebra 47 5 MATH& 141
Fundamentals of  Counseling 45 5 Elective Credit
General Anthropology 47 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Here’s to Your Health 48 5 Elective Credit
Human/Cultural    Geography 48 5 GEOG& 200
Introduction to Business 46 5 BUS& 101
Introduction to Computing 45 5 IT 101
Introduction to Law Enforcement 45 5 Elective Credit
Introduction to the      Middle East 44 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Introduction to World Religion 48 5 Humanities Distribution
Lifespan Development Psychology 46 5 PSYCH 213/214
Management Information Systems 46 5 Elective Credit
Money & Banking 48 5 Elective Credit
Organizational Behavior 48 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Personal Finance 46 5 Elective Credit
Personnel/Human   Resource Management 46 5 BA 161
Physical Geography 46 5 GEOL& 101
Principles of Finance 46 5 Elective Credit
Principles of Financial Accounting 49 5 ACCT& 201
Principles of Physical Science I 47 5 PHSCI 101
Principles of Public Speaking 47 5 CMST& 220
Principles of Statistics 48 5 BA 256
Principles of Supervision 46 5 BA 160
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union – Present 45 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Technical Writing 46 5 PTECH 120
Substance Abuse (Drug & Alcohol Abuse) 49 5 CD 261
The Civil War & Reconstruction 47 5 Social Sciences Distribution

​International Baccalaureate (IB)

Yakima Valley College (YVC) is proud to recognize students who have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) courses as part of their high school curriculum. IB courses are challenging and demanding, and YVC believes they provide exceptional readiness for the rigors of higher education.

High school students who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program during high school or have developed an equivalent background through self-initiative may take tests offered by the College Board each year during the month of May, and scores will be reported to three colleges of the student’s choice. The student must have successfully completed one quarter at YVC before advanced placement credit will be placed on the transcript. Scores in computer science, economics, and music may also be submitted and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Submit scores

Steps to submit your scores for placement into courses at YVC:

Course placement after scores submitted

The following credit will be granted to students entering YVC who have submitted scores from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations Program.

Exam Score Credit YVC Courses
Biology (HL) 5+ 10 BIOL 109    BIOL 201
Biology (SL) 5+ 5 BIOL 109
Business Management (HL) 5+ 10 BUS&101        BA 158
Business Management (SL) 5+ 5 BUS& 101
Chemistry (HL) 5+ 10 CHEM 109/110 CHEM&141/151
Chemistry (SL) 5+ 5 CHEM 109/110
Computer Science (HL) 5+ 10 IT 101 and elective credit
Computer Science (SL) 5+ 5 IT 101
Design Technology (HL) 5+ 10 ENGR 100 ENGR 104 ENGR 108
Design Technology (SL) 5+ 5 ENGR 100 ENGR 108
Economics (HL) 5+ 10 ECON& 201 ECON& 202
Economics (SL) 5+ 5 ECON& 201
Environmental Systems & Society (SL) 5+ 5 BIOL 102
Further Mathematics (HL) 5+ 10 Undecided
Geography (HL) 5+ 10 GEOG 101 GEOG& 200
Geography (SL) 5+ 5 GEOG& 200
History (HL) 5+ 10 HIST 104 and HIST 105
History (SL) 5+ 5 HIST 104 or HIST 105
Information Technology      in a Global Society (HL) 5+ 10 IT 101 and elective credit
Information Technology      in a Global Society (SL) 5+ 5 IT 101
Language A: Language and Literature (HL) 5+ 10 ENGL& 101 ENGL& 102
Language A: Language and Literature (SL) 5+ 5 ENGL& 101
Language A: Literature (HL) 5+ 10 ENGL& 101 ENGL& 102
Language A: Literature (SL) 5+ 5 ENGL& 101
Mathematical Studies (SL) 5+ 5 MATH 107
Mathematics (HL) 5+ 10 MATH& 151 MATH& 152
Mathematics (SL) 5 5 MATH& 142
Mathematics (SL) 6 or 7 5 MATH& 151
Philosophy (HL) 5+ 10 PHIL& 101 PHIL& 120
Philosophy (SL) 5+ 5 PHIL& 101
Physics (HL) 5+ 10 PHYS 115/125 PHYS 116/126
Physics (SL) 5+ 5 PHYS 115/125
Psychology (HL) 5+ 10 PSYC& 100 PSYC& 200
Psychology (SL) 5+ 5 PSYC& 100
Social & Cultural Anthropology (SL) 5+ 5 ANTH& 206
Social & Cultural Anthropology (SL) 5+ 10 ANTH& 100 ANTH& 206
Spanish (HL) 5+ 10 SPAN 101 SPAN102
Spanish (SL) 5+ 5 SPAN 101
Spanish ab initio (SL) 5+ 5 SPAN 101

The public baccalaureate sector will grant at a minimum elective credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level exams completed with a score of five (5) or higher, with exceptions. May be subject to maximum credit limits. Limited credit is granted by Central Washington University and Evergreen for some standard level exams. Please contact the Placement Office for additional details.

Washington community and technical colleges, including YVC will grant a minimum elective credit for an International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) exam score of 5 or higher. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official IB results, not transcript notation.

*Cambridge International Examination  Credit Acceptance Policy

The public baccalaureate sector recognizes the Cambridge International Examination for A-Level exams.  Up to 15 quarter credits will be granted for each A-level exam with a passing grade or above for approved examinations. May be subject to maximum credit limits. Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams will not be granted.  No grades are posted for A-level exams.

Washington community and technical colleges will grant a minimum elective credit for each Cambridge International Examination for A-level exam with a passing grade or above for approved examinations. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official Cambridge International Examination results, not transcript notation. Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams will not be granted. No grades are posted for A-level exams.

Please contact the Placement Office for additional details.