Credit by Examination

Credit by Examination

Students must be currently enrolled at Dixie State University to receive any credit by examination or petition. Duplicate credit cannot be awarded for any exam or petition, meaning that credit may not be received more than once for the same course, or for two or more courses filling the same general education requirement. Dixie State University will award no more than a combined maximum of 30 credits for the following types of credit:

The credit given for the above may be of four types:

  1. Graded Course Credit. A letter grade is received on the transcript with a specific course designation. This type of credit is easily transferred from one institution to another, and on the transcript, it is indistinguishable from credits given for any class successfully completed. Depending on the course, this type of credit may fulfill general education requirements. This type of credit is included in GPA calculation.
  2. Ungraded Course Credit. No grade is posted to the transcript and this credit has no affect on the student’s GPA. Depending on the course, this type of credit may fulfill general education requirements, but is not as transferable to other institutions as graded course credit.
  3. Ungraded General Education Credit. Although ungraded and not used in the student’s GPA calculation, this type of credit does fill general education requirements. For example, students may receive three credits of ungraded credit that fulfill a general education science requirement.
  4. Ungraded Elective Credit. Although ungraded and not used in the student’s GPA calculation, this type of credit can be used to help meet the overall credit requirement for graduation.

Advanced Placement Credit

Awarded to students who complete high school advanced placement courses and successfully pass the AP exam with a score of three or higher. The credits earned will be ungraded and awarded based on the table which follows. Note that the credit is awarded as a single unit and cannot be broken up (i.e. a student cannot choose to only have part of it posted to their transcript). This credit is posted to the student’s transcript when AP test results are submitted to the Registrars Office.

A.P. Cutoff Scores and Course Requirements Fulfilled are shown on the following chart:

A.P. Test Area Score Credits Requirements Fulfilled
American History 3-5 6 HIST 1700, 3 credits electives
Art History 3-5 6 ARTH 2710, ARTH 2720
Art Studio 3-5 6 ART 1110, 3 credits electives
Chemistry 3-5 6 CHEM 1010, 3 credits electives
Computer Science A 3-5 0
Computer Science AB 3-5 0
Econ I-Micro 3-5 3 ECON 2010, 1 credit elective
Econ 11-Macro 3-5 3 ECON 2020, 1 credit elective
English Composition and Language 3-5 6 ENGL 1010, 3 credits electives
English Composition and Literature 3-5 6 ENG 1010, ENGL 2200
European History 3-5 6 HIST 1100, HIST 1110
French 3-5 8 FREN 1010, FREN 1020
French Literature 3-5 8 FREN 1010, FREN 1020
German 3-5 8 GERM 1010, GERM 1020
Spanish 3-5 8 SPAN 1010, SPAN 1020
Spanish Literature 3-5 8 SPAN 1010, SPAN 1020
American Government 3-5 3 POLS 1100
Comparative Government 3-5 3 POLS 1100
Life Science 3-5 6 BIOL 1010, 3 credits electives
Calculus AB 3 6 MATH 1065, 1 credits elective
Calculus AB 4-5 6 MATH 1210, 1 credits elective
Calculus BC 3 6 MATH 1210, 1 credits elective
Calculus BC 4-5 8 MATH 1210, MATH 1220
Listening and Literature 3-5 6 MUSC 1010, MUSC 1100
Theory 3-5 6 MUSC 1110, MUSC 1120
Physics B 3-5 6 PHYS 1010, 3 credits electives
Physics C Mech 3-5 3 PHYS 1010
Physics c E & NI 3-5 3 PHYS 1010
Psychology 3-5 3 PSYC 1010
Statistics 3-5 3 STAT 2040 or Math 1040

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

This type of credit is given if proficiency is demonstrated on the CLEP exam. A student will receive ungraded course credit, which may fulfill general education requirements or provide elective credits, using the following procedures and guidelines:

· After a CLEP exam is taken, the exam score is assessed and ungraded credit is granted according to statewide and departmental agreements and DSU policy.

· This credit is posted to the student’s transcript when CLEP test results are submitted to the Registrar’s Office with a receipt from the Cashier’s Office for the posting fee.

· CLEP exam credit cannot be accepted if the student has ever received a grade in that course (including a ‘W’).

The minimum level of CLEP test proficiency and course(s)/credit are awarded as follows:

CLEP Test CLEP Score Credit DSU Credit Awarded
American Government 50 or higher 3 POLS 1100 (AI)
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature (w/essay) 50 or higher 3 ENGL 2200 (HU)
Biology 50 or higher 3 BIOL 1010 (LS)
Calculus 50 or higher 3 MATH 1030 (MA)
Chemistry 50 or higher 3 CHEM 1010 (PS)
College Algebra 50 or higher 3 MATH 1030 (MA)
College Composition 50 or higher 3 ENGL 1010
Financial Accounting 50 or higher 3 ACCT 2010
History of the US to 1877 50 or higher 3 HIST 2700 (SS or w/HIST 2710 = AI)
History of the US 1865 to present 50 or higher 3 HIST 2710 (SS or w/HIST 2700 = AI)
Human Growth & Development 50 or higher 3 FCS 150E (SS)
Humanities 50 or higher 6 ART 1010 + HUM 101E (FA + HU)
Introductory Psychology 50 or higher 3 PSY 1010 (SS)
Introductory Sociology 50 or higher 3 SOC 101E (SS)
Precalculus 50 or higher 3 MATH 1030 (MA)
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 or higher 3 ECON 2020 (SS)
Principles of Marketing 50 or higher 3 MKTG 2550
Principles of Microeconomics 0 or higher 3 ECON 2010 (SS)
Western Civilization I 50 or higher 3 HIST 1100 (SS)
Western Civilization II 50 or higher 3 HIST 1110 (SS)

Letters following course numbers refer to general Education requirement fulfilled. Course numbers ending in “E” do NOT fulfill a General Education Global & Cultural Perspectives (GLOCUP) requirement.

Vertical Credit

This type of credit is given only if a student is an advanced foreign language student, and is not available for other types of classes. After passing an advanced foreign language class with a “C“ grade or better, up to sixteen credits of vertical credit may be received for the courses that are preparatory to the advanced class using the following procedures and guidelines:

1. Written permission is received from the division dean and the instructor who taught the advanced class.

2. The Registrar’s Office is presented a memo of permission signed by both the dean and the instructor.

3. A recording fee is paid at the cashier’s office and the receipt is presented to the Registrar’s Office.

4. After the above steps are completed, ungraded elective or general education (foreign language) credit is received for the preparatory foreign language course(s).

Testing Out of Classes

If a student is registered in a class, with instructor approval, s/he may “test out” of the class, stay on the roll and receive a letter grade on the final grade roll. In such cases, the instructor submits the grade at the end of the term on the regular grade report. Test-out credit will not count toward the limit on credit by examination.

Foreign Language Credit

This type of credit is given to students who speak a foreign language. Up to twelve credits may be received by special examination in an approved foreign language for which the equivalent skill or knowledge has been acquired, using the following procedures and guidelines:

If a student learns English as a second language, eight units of ungraded foreign language credit may be received for his or her ability to speak English. To receive this credit, the MELAB test must be passed with a score of 69, the paper-based TOEFL at 500, and the computer based TOEFL at 173. This credit will fulfill the foreign language requirement for the Associate of Arts degree.
If an approved second language is learned and demonstrated by passing the FLAT or CLEP exam, up to twelve units of foreign language credit may be received for knowledge of the foreign language. An approved foreign language examination must be passed at Dixie State University or at another university’s testing center (if tested at another university testing center, a student would pay for the credit at that university and then request that the test results be sent to Dixie State University).
The results are evaluated by the testing center.
Appropriate testing and recording fees are paid to the college cashier before the end of the third week of classes during the semester in which a student is registered.
The receipt and test results are presented to the Registrar’s Office.