Earning Credit by Examination

student_compThere are a variety of ways that you may earn a maximum of 30 credits by examination. Some examinations are prepared, administered and graded at Plymouth, and others are nationally standardized examinations such as Advanced Placement, CLEP and DANTES.

Advanced Placement Exams

Students who have performed well on Advanced Placement examinations may receive appropriate credit and/or be allowed to enroll in advanced courses. An official transcript is submitted to Plymouth State University, at which time an evaluation by the Office of Undergraduate Studies will determine both credit to be awarded and placement (if appropriate).

Information on the Advanced Placement Tests is located in the back section of the Academic Catalog, including the minimum score required, credits awarded, and whether the course satisfies a General Education perspective or equivalent Plymouth State course.

For more information regarding the Advanced Placement tests, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies in Speare Building 208 at (603) 535-2235.

CLEP Exams (College Level Examination Program) and DANTES Exams

Credit for CLEP and DANTES exams is granted in accordance with the recommendations of the Council on College Level Examinations of the College Entrance Examinations Board and the American Council on Education.

Information on the CLEP and DANTES exams is located in the back section of the Academic Catalog, including the minimum score required, credits awarded if you meet the minimum score, and whether the course satisfies a General Education perspective or equivalent PSU course.

CLEP and DANTES exams are offered through the Office of Continuing Education in the garden-level of Mary Lyon. For more information, call (603) 535-2228.

Departmental Examinations

If you believe you have adequate background in a particular subject area, you may seek to obtain credit by taking an exam offered within the appropriate department. The faculty in the academic department determines whether a course is open to credit-by-examination. They are also responsible for administering, assessing, and reporting the results to the Registrar’s Office. Grades are not awarded, only competencies and/or credits. A credit-by examination fee is required.

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