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South Plains College    
 
    
 
  Aug 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Credit By Examination


College Credit by Examination

South Plains College provides the opportunity for students to apply credit by examination from international and nationally recognized programs.  The examinations recognized by South Plains College include College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), The Advanced Placement Examination (AP), The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB), and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (Dantes).

Credit gained through any testing, such as CLEP, AP, SAT and ACT, for which SPC awards credit must be claimed within five years of the administration date of the test. This credit is not granted until the student is enrolled and has completed nine (9) semester credit hours at SPC.

A student is required to petition for any credit for which they may be eligible.  This includes making available scores and/or transcripts from the aforementioned examination programs.  No letter grade is assigned for credit earned by examination nor is the credit computed in the student’s grade point average.  A student’s transcript will be denoted CR for all credit awarded through credit by examination.  The credits stated here are in accordance with South Plains College policies and do not guarantee acceptance by transfer universities.  When a student plans to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the university for policies on acceptance of credit by examination. 

Complete information concerning the credit by examination program, its policies and regulations and the costs of the exams may be obtained from the Advising and Testing Center on the Levelland Campus.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

South Plains College is an open National Testing Center for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Tests offered by the CLEP program are scheduled on a monthly basis on the Levelland Campus. Pre-registration is required in order for a student to sit for the test. Students may send their scores to other colleges.

South Plains College will award credit by examination according to the table below. The credits stated here are in accordance with South Plains College policies and do not guarantee acceptance by transfer universities. When a student plans to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the university for policies on acceptance of credit by examination.  Except as noted under the section “Credit by Institutional Examination,” credit will not be awarded to a student who has attempted the same course or its equivalent. A student must be currently enrolled at SPC to receive CLEP credit hours. Pre-registration is required in order to test. For information, contact the Advising and Testing Center on the Levelland Campus at (806) 716-2368 or 716-2530.

The Advanced Placement Examination (AP)

The AP examination program is the final examination for a nationally standardized course offered in a limited number of secondary schools under the auspices of the Advanced Placement Program.  The AP exam is offered once a year during May at participating high schools and scores are reported in July.  For imformation, contact the Advising and Testing Center on the Levelland Campus at (806) 716-2368 or 716-2530.  Credit from AP cannot be given to a student if the student has enrolled in the course previously.

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

The IB program is an international program of courses and examinations offered at the high school level.  South Plains College will award a minimum of 24 semester credits to students that have earned the International Baccalaureate diploma.  Students that participated in the IB program but did not earn an IB diploma will be given consideration for credit on an indivdual basis.  For information, contact the Advising and Testing Office on the Levelland Campus Advising and Testing Center on the Levelland Campus at (806) 716-2368 or 716-2530.

DANTES Program

South Plains College recognizes credit by examination from the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. Students may present DANTES scores to the Office of Admissions and Records, where the evaluation procedure will be initiated. Appropriate instructional departments and the Advising and Testing Center on the Levelland Campus will assist with the evaluation when needed.

Credit will be advanced for DANTES for either South Plains College equivalent courses or for electives. When a student is seeking an Associate in Applied Science degree at South Plains College, DANTES credit will be granted as an equivalent course if it is determined that the test is equivalent to the course in the Associate of Applied Science degree the student is seeking. If DANTES is not considered for equivalent course credit, the test scores can be evaluated for elective credit toward any degree offered by South Plains College. Credit will be based upon scores recommended by “The American Council of Education Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services.”

Credit by Institutional Examination

The Credit by Institutional Examination Program is established to provide a means whereby college credit may be granted to a student who is able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge or competencies which have been acquired through non-traditional educational experiences.

To determine whether an institutional examination(s) is offered for a particular course, the student should contact the chairperson of the department or the coordinator of the program in which the course is taught.

The method(s) of assessment of student competence in each course will be determined by the faculty in the department involved in teaching the course. All examinations are thorough and comprehensive and are equated with a specific South Plains College course number and description. The format of an examination is determined by the subject matter. A student may attempt a specific examination only one time.

Credit is awarded only when the student is already officially enrolled at South Plains College at the time of the examination or when the student officially enrolls at South Plains College after taking the examination. Credit by examination may not be granted to a student for a course in which the student is or has been officially enrolled except upon the written request of the instructor and departmental chairperson.

Upon successful completion of an examination, the Admissions and Records Office will post the appropriate course title, number and credit hours to the official permanent record. Credit earned through institutional examination is not calculated in determining grade point average.

Eligibility requirements may vary by department, program or instructional area as necessary to validate specialized competencies.

A fee is charged for each institutional examination attempted. For more information, please contact the Advising and Testing Center on the Levelland Campus at (806) 716-2368 or (806) 716-2530.

Awarding Credit by Examination

Certain examinations for credit are equivalent in content. Credit will be advanced for successful completion of only one examination if the student submits test results for any two corresponding examinations.

Credit by examination awarded to students to meet South Plains College graduation requirements is no guarantee that such credit will transfer to other institutions.

Generally, the combined credit by examination from all sources shall not exceed 16 semester hours toward degree requirements. If rare and unique circumstances indicate that an exception to exceed the 16 semester hour limit on credit by examination should be considered, the exception shall be granted only upon recommendation by the departmental chairperson, where applicable, and with the approval of the appropriate Divisional Dean.

Credit earned by examination is equivalent to credit earned by taking the course. Credit will be awarded only when the student is already officially enrolled at South Plains College at the time of the examination or when the student officially enrolls at South Plains College after taking the examination.

After the student receives the examination score, he/she may choose to accept or decline the credit and placement for which he/she is eligible. The student should contact the Advising and Testing Center on the Levelland Campus to accept credit and have the results placed on his/her transcript.

For a student who attended college prior to taking the examination, the amount of credit awarded will depend upon what college courses he/she had taken before the credit examination. Except as noted under the section, “Credit by Institutional Examination,” credit will not be awarded to a student who has attempted the same course or its equivalent.

Credit by Examination Scores

Dept. Course Credit Examination Score Hrs. Credit
Behavioral Science  PSYC 2301  CLEP-S:Introductory Psychology 51    3
   PSYC 2314  CLEP-S: Human Growth & Development 53    3
   PSYC 1300  IB: Psychology Standard or Higher Level 5,6,7    3
   SOCI 1301  CLEP-S: Introductory Sociology 50    3
Biology  BIOL 1411 & 1413  CLEP-S: General Biology 52    8
   BIOL 1411 & 1413  AP: Biology 3    8
   BIOL 1411, 1413  IB:Biology Standard Level 5,6,7    8
   BIOL 1406,1407  IB:Biology Higher Level 5,6,7    8
Business ACCT 2301 CLEP-S: Financial Accounting 50    3
Admin. BUSG 2305 CLEP-S: Introductory Business Law 51    3
Communications FREN 1411, 1412 IB:French B Standard or Higher Level 3    8
  GERM 1411, 1412 IB:  German B Standard or Higher Level 3    10
  SPAN 1411 & 1412 AP: Spanish 2    8
  SPAN 1411 CLEP-S Spanish Language 50    4
  SPAN 1411 & 1412 CLEP-S Spanish Language 56    8
  SPAN 1411, 1412 & 2311 AP: Spanish 3    11
  SPAN 1411, 1412 & 2311 CLEP-S Spanish Language 63    11
  SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 AP: Spanish 4    14
  SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 CLEP-S Spanish Language 68    14
  SPAN 1411, 1412 IB: Spanish B Standard or Higher Level 3    8
English ENGL 1301 CPT-Achievement Test: English Composition 550    3
  ENGL 1301 & 1302 CPT-Achievement Test: English Composition 620    6
  ENGL 1301 AP: English Language & Composition 3    3
  ENGL 1301 AP: English Literature & Composition 3    3
  ENGL 1301 & 1302 AP: English Language & Composition 4    6
  ENGL 1301 & 1302 AP: English Literature & Composition 4    6
  ENGL 1301 CLEP-S: College Composition 50    3
  ENGL 1301 & 1302 CLEP-S: College Composition 57    6
  ENGL 1301 & 1302 ACT-English 28    6
  ENGL 1301 & 1302 ACT-Composite Score 28    6
  ENGL 1301 SAT-Reading and Writing 670    3
  ENGL 1301 SAT-Optional Essay Score (if taken) 6    3
  ENGL 1301 & 1302 SAT-Reading & Writing 740    6
  ENGL 1301 & 1302 SAT-Optional Essay Score (if taken) 6    6
  ENGL 2332 & 2333 CLEP-S: English Literature 50    6
  ENGL 2332 & 2333 CLEP-S: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 51    6
  ENGL 1301 IB: English Language A1 or A2 Standard Level 4    3
  ENGL 1301, 1302 IB: English Language A1 or A2 Standard Level 5,6,7    6
  PHIL 1301 IB: Philosophy Higher Level 5,6,7    3
Fine Arts ARTS 1311 or 1316 AP: Studio Art-Drawing 4    3
  ARTS 1311 or 1316 AP: Studio Art-General 4    3
  ARTS 1303 & 1304 AP: History of Art 4    6
  MUSI 1306 IB: Music Standard Higher Level 4,5,6,7    3
  DRAM 1310 IB: Theater Arts Standard or Higher Level 5    3
Mathematics COSC 1309 AP: Computer Science A 4    3
  COSC 1309 AP: Computer Science AB 3    3
  MATH 1314 CLEP-S: College Algebra 52    3
  MATH 2413 & 2414 CLEP-S: Calculus with Elementary Functions 50    8
  MATH 1314 ACT-Math 26    3
  MATH 1314 & 1316 ACT-Math 30    6
  MATH 2413 AP: Calculus AB or Calculus BC 3    4
  MATH 2413 & 2414 AP: Calculus AB or Calculus BC 4    8
  MATH 1314 IB: Mathematics Studies Standard Level 5,6,7    3
  MATH 2413 IB: Mathematics Methods Standard Level 6,7    4
  MATH 2413 IB: Mathematics Higher Level 5,6,7    4
  MATH 2412 IB: Mathematics Methods Standard Level 4,5    4
  MATH 2412 IB: Mathematics Higher Level 4    4
Physics PHYS 1401 AP: Physics 1 3    4
  PHYS 1402 AP: Physics 2 3    4
  PHYS 2425 AP: Physics C-Mechanical 3    4
  PHYS 2426 AP: Physics C-Electrical 3    4
  PHYS 1401, 1402 IB: Physics Standard Level 4,5,6,7    8
  PHYS 2425, 2426 IB: Physics Higher Level 4,5,6,7    8
Science CHEM 1406 CHEM 1406 CLEP-S: Chemistry 52    4
  CHEM 1411 & 1412 CLEP-S: Chemistry 65    8
  CHEM 1406 AP: Chemistry 3    4
  CHEM 1411 & 1412 AP: Chemistry 4    8
  CHEM 1301 IB: Chemistry Standard Level 4,5,6,7    3
  CHEM 1411 & 1412 IB: Chemistry Higher Level 4,5,6,7    8
Social Science ECON 2302 IB: Economics Higher Level 5,6,7    3
  GOVT 2305 CLEP-S: American Government 50    3
  GOVT 2305 AP: Government 3    3
  *HIST 1301 or 1302 AP: U.S. History 3    3
  *HIST 1301 CLEP-S: History of the U.S. I 52    3
  *HIST 1302 CLEP-S: History of the U.S. II 52    3
  HIST 2321 IB: History Higher Level: European 5    3
  HIST 2322 IB: History Higher Level: European 5    3
  HIST 2321, 2322 IB: History Higher Level: European 6,7    6
         

AP-College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Program
CPT-College Entrance Examination Board College Achievement Tests
CLEP-G-College Level Examination Program-General Exams
CLEP-S-College Level Examination Program-Subject Exams
*Only half of the state-mandated American History requirement can be satisfied with credit by examination. The student who
elects to receive credit in both semesters of history by exam must take another three-hour course in American History.
CLEP examinations are continually revised and updated. Therefore, test names and scores are subject to change without notice



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