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AA/PPS 02.02.10 - Credit by Examination

Credit by Examination

AA/PPS No. 02.02.10 (3.08)
Issue No. 2
Effective Date: 11/15/2017
Next Review Date: 4/01/2020 (ENY)
Sr. Reviewer: Director, Testing, Evaluation and Measurement Center

  1. INTRODUCTION

    1. Many students, independent of the college environment, have attained college-level proficiency in academic subjects and may do as well on a test as do students who have successfully completed a course. These students may earn credit for the course without enrolling in it. Earning credit by examination enables students to avoid taking courses in which the material would be redundant and allows them to enroll in more challenging courses; it also offers incentive for independent study.

    2. Students must be currently or formerly enrolled at Texas State University in order to take a credit examination on the campus with the exception of CLEP testing. Any individual may take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test offered by the Testing, Evaluation and Measurement Center (TEMC).

  2. POLICIES

    1. In general, credit by exam will be accepted as “credit only” (CR) and will not affect student’s cumulative GPA; however, grades of A or B in addition to CR may be awarded by the Department of Modern Languages for the French, German, and Spanish CLEP exams to recognize superior achievement. Letter grades, if awarded, will be factored into the cumulative GPA. In cases where grades of A or B may be awarded, the student will have the option to request that a CR be awarded instead.

    2. Credit by exam satisfies degree requirements in the same way as credit earned by passing courses, except that it does not count as credit earned in residence. Credit for graduate courses cannot be earned via examination.

    3. Students may retake an exam only after three months have elapsed since the previous exam. Certain credit examinations may have a limit in the number of attempts permitted. Contact TEMC for more information.

    4. Unsuccessful attempts to earn credit by examination will not be recorded on the transcript or other official records except as needed to record the number and date of test attempts.

    5. The credit by exam program requires the passing of a nationally normed or local test such as CLEP, Advanced Placement Program (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), a departmental or school exam or a combination of the above.

    6. Academic departments and schools are responsible for selecting the courses for which credit and letter grades will be awarded. Performance standards and cut-scores are set by the department or school in which the courses are taught. These standards hold university wide and cannot be raised or lowered by other departments, schools or administrative units.

    7. If a department or school chooses not to award course credit for one of their courses on the basis of CLEP, AP, IB, departmental or other exams, no other program, department, school or college can accept the exams for credit in that course.

    8. Credit earned via examination recorded on the transcripts of students transferring to Texas State will be evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for transfer eligibility in the same manner as other transferred course credits.

    9. National examinations such as CLEP that are accepted at Texas State for credit may be taken at locations other than Texas State. However, credit awarded will be based upon Texas State’s criteria and required scores.

    10. Special circumstances regarding the awarding of credit by examination taken at Texas State will be considered by the department or school and TEMC on an individual student basis. Special circumstances regarding the transfer of credit by examination to Texas State will be considered by the department or school, TEMC and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on a case-by-case basis.

    11. Each department and school will have the opportunity to review their credit by examination procedures (i.e., tests being used, pass/fail rates and cut-off scores) on an annual basis. However, formal procedural changes will be made every two years with the implementation of a new catalog. Cut-off scores may change without prior notice.

    12. Policies regarding credit by examination can be found on the Department of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies website.

  3. REVIEWERS OF THIS PPS

    1. Reviewers of this PPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Director, Testing, Evaluation and Measurement Center April 1 ENY
  4. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Academic Affairs policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Director, Testing, Evaluation and Measurement Center; senior reviewer of this PPS

    Assistant Vice President for Academic Services

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