Alternative Academic Credit
Credit by Examination Policy and Procedures
- Credit from Other Colleges and/or Universities
- Credit from Non-academic Institutions
- Credit from Professional Licensure
- Credit by Examination
See the College Catalog for more information.
- The College awards credit on the basis of a student having achieved a specified minimum score on certain nationally recognized standard examinations, or on examinations created by the College.
- Specific examinations, the credit awarded, and the minimum scores required for the awarding of credit are determined by the faculty in the academic department responsible for the academic discipline or special program in which credit is to be awarded.
- A student who has previously earned credit in a course may not receive credit by examination in a lower-level course in the same academic discipline.
- Because a student may not attempt credit by examination in any course already part of the student's permanent academic record, a student who has registered for a course will not be eligible to earn credit by exam for that course unless officially withdrawn before the published last day to withdraw without course on record.
- Credit by examination is not awarded until the student has been admitted into a specific degree or certificate program.
- The College does not guarantee that alternative academic credits awarded by RVCC will be honored by another college or university to which an individual student might transfer.
- Alternative Academic Credit is evaluated and awarded for individual students and for individual degree and certificate programs offered by RVCC.
- The College accepts up to 45 semester credit hours in Alternative Academic Credit toward an Associate's degree (so a student must complete at least 15 credits through course work at RVCC) or 75 percent of the semester credit hours required for the completion of a Certificate program.
- Alternative Academic Credit does not count as enrollment credit in any academic term for establishing full-time or part-time status.
- Grades are not assigned for Alternative Academic Credit.
- Alternative Academic Credit is not used in computing a student's grade point average.
- If a student attempts credit by exam covering two semesters of course work, and the student has already completed the first semester of such course work, only half of the credit awarded by exam will be granted.
- Students will receive notification of an award of credit from the Enrollment Services Office approximately two months after the date of the test.
Procedures & Preparation
The NYU Foreign Language Exam is available in over 50 languages, for both native and non-native speakers. You may contact Barbara Luby at 908-526-1200 x8374 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to see which languages are available and to arrange a testing date. RVCC will award 6 credits for Intermediate I and II of foreign language upon confirmation that the student has scored an 11or 12 on the exam. Exam fees are $300 for a 12-point exam and $400 for a 16-point exam. Postage & handling is $20. Payment requires two separate money orders. RVCC charges a $45 proctoring fee payable on the day of testing.
A Departmental Exam is an option for a student who wants to earn credit by assessment in a subject that is not available through CLEP or DSST/DANTES. A student should speak with an academic advisor to discuss options. The student would then complete the Departmental Exam Request Form, available in Advising & Counseling Services. Upon approval of this request by Barbara Luby in Advising & Counseling Services, the form will be sent to the academic department for assignment to a faculty member. The student will be contacted by the faculty member administering the test in order to schedule a mutually convenient time. At the time of testing, the student is required to bring a photo ID and payment at the rate of $40 per credit attempted.
CLEP (College Level Examination Program) offers 33 exams that allow you to accelerate your academic career by earning college credit through testing for a subject in which you may have gained knowledge as a result of experience. Study Guides are available at: www.collegeboard.org/clep
Set up an appointment at least two days in advance:
- Create an account and pay the $85 CLEP test fee online at www.collegeboard.org/clep
- Email a copy of the CLEP Exam Registration Ticket to email@example.com
- Contact the Testing Center for available test dates and times at 908-526-1200 x8401 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- One form of government issued ID is required: a current Driver's License, passport, state or Province ID, National ID, Tribal ID, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship, a Permanent Resident card or Military ID. All ID's must be current and contain name, photograph, and signature.
- $45 proctor fee payable by cash or check
Please read the footnotes on the bottom of this page. It is the student's responsibility to be sure that the exam will apply to his/her curriculum.
CLEP Subject Exams
|4 cr. Financial Accounting|
|3 cr. Precalculus I|
|6 cr. American Literature I & II|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature|
|6 cr. 200 Level English Literature|
|8 cr. General Biology I & II|
|Business Law, Introductory|
|3 cr. Business Law I|
|Calculus w/Elementary Functions|
|4 cr. Calculus I|
|8 cr. General Chemistry I & II|
|6 cr. English Composition I & II|
|Educational Psychology, Introduction to|
|3 cr. Educational Psychology|
|6 cr. 200 Level English Literature|
|French Language, College Level4|
|3 - 6 cr. Intermediate French I & II|
|3 cr. Number Systems|
|German Language, College Level4|
|3 - 6 cr. Intermediate German I & II|
|History of the U.S. I: Early Colonizations-1877|
|3 cr. U.S. History: Beginnings to 1877|
|History of the U.S. II: 1865-Present|
|3 cr. U.S. History: 1877 to Present|
|Human Growth & Development|
|3 cr. Child Development OR Psychology elective|
|6 cr. Humanities elective|
|Information Systems & Computer App.5|
|5 cr. Comp Concepts & Programming & JAVA Programming|
|Macroeconomics, Principles of|
|3 cr. Macroeconomics|
|Management, Principles of|
|3 cr. Principles of Management|
|Marketing, Principles of|
|3 cr. Principles of Marketing I|
|Microeconomics, Principles of|
|3 cr. Microeconomics|
|6 cr. non-lab Science elective|
|6 cr. Precalculus I and II|
|3 cr. Introduction to Psychology|
|Social Sciences - History3|
|6 cr. General Education elective|
|3 cr. Introduction to Sociology|
|Spanish Language, College Level4|
|3 - 6 cr. Intermediate Spanish I & II|
|Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East-1648|
|3 cr. World Civilization I|
|Western Civilization II: 1648-Present|
|3 cr. World Civilization II|
DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) testing is by appointment only; contact the Testing Center at 908-526-1200 x8401or email@example.com
DSST Subject Exams
|Business Law II|
|3 cr. Business Law II|
|Civil War and Reconstruction|
|3 cr.Civil War/Reconstruction|
|Counseling, Fundamentals of|
|3 cr. Psychology elective|
|Law Enforcement, Introduction to|
|3 cr. Introduction To Criminal Justice|
|Lifespan Developmental Psychology|
|3 cr. Developmental Psychology|
|Statistics, Principles of|
|3 cr. Statistics I|
1. Limited to a maximum of 6 cr. of previous course work in the discipline.
2. For non-science/math majors only.
3. Limited to a maximum of 9 cr. of previous course work in the Social Sciences and/or History disciplines.
4. Departmental essay is required and will determine the number of credits awarded.
5. Must demonstrate knowledge of JAVA programming by Computer Science Dept. after minimum cut score is met.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Regarding test preparation and readiness: Barbara Luby, College Center C-170 908-526-1200 x8374
Regarding test registration and administration: Testing Center (x8401)
Testing Center, Raritan Valley Community College, PO Box 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876