OTC CLEP Policy

OTC CLEP Policy

2.12 CREDIT BY EXAM (TEST OUT)

A. Purpose

Establish the College’s position to award credit through proficiency examination for specified courses.

B. Policy

It is the policy of the College that credit for specified courses may be awarded by examination. A student who can demonstrate the required competencies, by means of an established assessment, may receive credit for a course.

C. Procedures

A student who is proficient with a particular subject may earn Credit through examination by taking the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examination or through Departmental Proficiency examinations.
1. The student must be currently enrolled at Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC).
2. Not more than 24 credit hours may be earned through credit by exam.
3. The grade recorded on the transcript will be ‘S’ and will count as hours earned but will not count in cumulative grade point calculations for grade point average (GPA).
4. A student may not receive credit by exam for any course they have previously received credit or in a repeat attempt to receive credit.
5. Students must complete one semester in residence at OTC before any credit by exam is posted on the transcript.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examination
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills gained through job experience, outside course work, and specialized independent reading. The examinations require a high degree of knowledge. Information about CLEP examinations is available at www.CLEP.com/CLEP. Examination fees apply. See below. CLEP exams can be taken at any participating testing center including OTC Testing Center (ICE 123A).

A student may attempt to receive credit through CLEP examinations by the following:

Prior to registration for courses:
If a student feels they possess the level of knowledge for a course, prior to registering for classes, they may attempt the CLEP examination for that subject.
 
1. If the minimum required score is obtained, the student can have the results sent to the OTC Registrar’s Office and request that scores be applied to their transcript.
2. The student must pay a transcription fee. Once this fee has been received and the student has completed a minimum of one semester at OTC, the Registrar will apply the credits to the student’s transcript.
3. Transcripted hours will not count toward the semester enrollment.

After Registration, but before classes begin:
If a student registers for a course but feels they may possess the knowledge required in the course, they may choose to attempt the CLEP subject examination.

1. If the minimum required score is obtained, the student can have the results sent to the OTC Registrar’s Office and request that scores be applied to their transcript.
2. Upon receiving the information the Registrar will add the student to a section 99 for the course and remove them from the registered course.
3. Tuition and appropriate fees for the course will be assessed and will be the responsibility of the student to pay.
4. Students enrolled in a section 99 of a course can count the hours toward their semester enrollment.
5. If a student fails to obtain the minimum required score to receive credit they may remain in the scheduled section.

After registration and after classes begin:
A student who registers for a course and within three weeks of the beginning of class determines that she/he may possess the knowledge necessary to fulfill the requirements of the course, they may choose to attempt the CLEP subject examination.
 
1. Students should continue to attend the class until official notification that they have successfully obtained the minimum required score to receive credit for the course.
2. If the minimum required score is obtained, the student can have the results sent to the OTC Registrar’s Office and request that scores be applied to their transcript.
3. Upon receiving the information the Registrar will add the student to a section 99 for the course and remove them from the registered course.
4. Tuition and appropriate fees for the course will be assessed and will be the responsibility of the student to pay.
5. Students enrolled in a section 99 of a course can count the hours toward their semester enrollment.

D. Responsibilities

N/A

E. Definitions

Credit by exam – the process of awarding credit based on competencies established solely through assessment. “Credit by exam” is commonly referred to as “test out”.

F. Authority

This policy is maintained under the authority of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

G. Related Policies

5.07 Grading System

H. Implementation

1.   Policy approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on 04/09/12. Revised xx/xx/xx

2.   Purpose, procedures, responsibilities and definitions approved and adopted by the Cabinet on 03/16/12. Set for review on 03/16/14.