Students coming to Southern with a background in certain fields are able to complete an exam for advanced standing. This page will discuss the policies and process of taking these exams.

Available Exams

  • New Testament I
  • New Testament II
  • Elementary Greek
  • Greek Syntax & Exegesis
  • Old Testament I
  • Old Testament II
  • Elementary Hebrew
  • Hebrew Syntax & Exegesis
  • Systematic Theology I
  • Systematic Theology II
  • Systematic Theology III
  • Church History I
  • Church History II



AP exams are available for current students. They do not award course credit, but rather allow students to replace introductory courses with an elective in the same field. If a student passes the exam for Systematic Theology I, for instance, they may take another Theology class in its place. The only exceptions to this rule are the Elementary languages. Students who pass the Elementary Greek or Elementary Hebrew exams do not need to replace the course with anything else. Students are allowed two attempts at one exam (the second attempt will be a different exam). The exams are a service to students and so there is no fee for attempting an exam.


The AP exams are taken online on the student portal site, Canvas. The process for current students is below. New students will work with Admissions prior to contacting Student Success.

  1. Review exams and policies.
  2. Find a proctor (distance students). Students must have a proctor for the exam. Anyone who is not an immediate family member will suffice. On-campus students will take the exam(s) in the Student Success testing room.
  3. Sign Up. Request access to the AP Exam by submitting the AP Test Form.  Our office will add you to the section on Canvas and send the test access code to your proctor.
  4. Access the test. Students will go to the Advanced Placement Testing course on Canvas. You can find the correct exam and your proctor will type in the access code. Students are given 80 mins to complete the exam. No aids or helps are allowed. All non-language exam results will be given immediately (language exams will be graded within 1 week).


Students attempting an exam are responsible for all of the content that is taught. To aid preparation, below you will find sample syllabi for the courses. These are representative and solely designed to give students a general idea of what may be on the exam.