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 Alternative Academic Credit 

                    Credit by Examination Policy and Procedures                        

In addition to earning credit through the successful completion of RVCC courses, a student may be awarded credit toward an RVCC degree or certificate through any of the following alternative means. 

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. 

Credit by Examination Policy 

  • The College awards credit on the basis of a student's 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a student who has registered for a course will not be eligible to earn credit by exam for that course unless officially withdrawn before the published last day to withdraw without course on record.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.

Other Regulations Regarding Alternative Academic Credit 

  • 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 ext. 8374 or via email at bluby@raritanval.edu  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 $40 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.  Students are encouraged to go to the www.raritanval.edu/ A-Z Directory, "C"; Course Outlines, to find comprehensive course information.  After reviewing the course outline, 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 may have gained knowledge as a result of experience. Study Guides are available at: www.collegeboard.org/clep 

 CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Registration Procedure

Set up an appointment at least two days in advance:

On the day of the appointment:  

  •  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.  
  •  $40 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. 

 

CLEPSubject Exams   

  Score   

 Credit   

Accounting, Financial 

50 

    4 cr. Financial Accounting 
Algebra, College 

50 

    3 cr. Precalculus I 
American Literature  

50 

    6 cr. American Literature I & II 
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 

50 

    6 cr. 200 Level English Literature 
Biology, General 

50 

    8 cr. General Biology I & II 
Business Law, Introductory 

50 

    3 cr. Business Law I 
Calculus w/Elementary Functions 

50 

    4 cr. Calculus I 
Chemistry, General 

50 

    8 cr. General Chemistry I & II 
College Composition 

50 

    6 cr. English Composition I & II 
Educational Psychology, Introduction to 

50 

    3 cr. Educational Psychology 
English Literature  

50 

    6 cr. 200 Level English Literature 
French Language, College Level4  

59 

    3 - 6 cr. Intermediate French I & II 
College Math  

50 

    3 cr. Number Systems 
German Language, College Level4  

63 

    3 - 6 cr. Intermediate German I & II 
History of the U.S. I: Early Colonizations-1877                         

50 

    3 cr. U.S. History: Beginnings to 1877 
History of the U.S. II: 1865-Present 

50 

    3 cr. U.S. History: 1877 to Present 
Human Growth & Development  

50 

    3 cr. Child Development OR Psychology elective 
Humanities1  

50 

    6 cr. Humanities elective 
Information Systems & Computer App.5   

50 

    5 cr. Comp Concepts & Programming & JAVA Programming 
Macroeconomics, Principles of  

50 

    3 cr. Macroeconomics 
Management, Principles of 

50 

    3 cr. Principles of Management 
Marketing, Principles of 

50 

    3 cr. Principles of Marketing I 
Microeconomics, Principles of 

50 

    3 cr. Microeconomics 
Natural Science1,2 

50 

    6 cr. non-lab Science elective 
Pre-calculus 

50 

    6 cr. Precalculus I and II 
Psychology, Introductory  

50 

    3 cr. Introduction to Psychology 
Social Sciences - History3  

50 

    6 cr. General Education elective 
Sociology, Introductory  

50 

    3 cr. Introduction to Sociology 
Spanish Language, College Level4   

63 

    3 - 6 cr. Intermediate Spanish I & II 
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East-1648  

50 

    3 cr. World Civilization I 
Western Civilization II: 1648-Present 

50 

    3 cr. World Civilization II

 

      DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) testing is by appointment only; contact the Testing Center at 908-526-1200 ext. 8401or tcenter@raritanval.edu 

 

DSST Subject Exams    

Score    

Credit    

 Business Law II  

 52 

    3 cr. Business Law II 
 Civil War and Reconstruction 

 47 

    3 cr. Civil War/Reconstruction 
 Counseling, Fundamentals of 

 47 

    3 cr. Psychology elective 
 Law Enforcement, Introduction to 

  57  

    3 cr. Introduction To Criminal Justice 
 Lifespan Developmental Psychology                                        

46 

    3 cr. Developmental Psychology 
Statistics, Principles of 

 48 

    3 cr. Statistics I 

 

Footnotes  

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 x 8374

Regarding test registration and administration:  Testing Center (ext. 8401)

Testing Center, Raritan Valley Community College, PO Box 3300, Somerville, NJ  08876

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Last updated 1/30/14 dk


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