2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    
    Dec 01, 2022  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Credit by Examination


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Challenge a Course

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at Humboldt State University. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully. A Credit by Examination form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, SBS 133, during the first two weeks of the semester. Do not register for the class you would like to challenge.

Not all courses are available to be challenged. The instructor of the course and the department chair must first approve the credit by exam. Approval by the department chair and the instructor will be based upon consideration of preparation and background, the nature of the work to be covered, and the availability of qualified staff members to give the examination. Units earned by examination will not count toward the residency requirement at Humboldt State. Persons challenging courses must be enrolled in other courses as matriculating students. Applications for internal credit by examination are available from the Office of the Registrar, SBS 133

Credit by External Exam (AP, CLEP, DLPT, DSST, IB)

Humboldt State may grant credit for passing scores on external examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), United States Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program (DSST), and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. No more than 30 semester units of such credit may apply to a baccalaureate degree (Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits are excluded from this limit). If the content covered by an examination duplicates other credit awarded, the units will be adjusted from the amount indicated.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Humboldt State University grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to 6 semester units (9 quarter units) of college credit. A student may take an unlimited number of Advanced Placement exams and apply all to the baccalaureate degree. Scores of 3-5 are required for credit to be granted. Credit is based on when the examinations were taken. The Advanced Placement Examination Credit  table shows the total credit in semester units, GE credit and/or course equivalency for exams completed beginning Fall 2010. Refer to earlier catalog years for full details.

CLEP Examinations

No more than 30 semester units of credit for external examinations may apply to a baccalaureate degree (Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits are excluded from this limit). The CLEP Examination Credit  table shows the total credit in semester units, GE credit and/or course equivalency for exams completed beginning Fall 2010. Refer to earlier catalog years for full details.

Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) Passing Scores

Utilizing the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations as described below, three lower division semester hours for language shall equate to three semester units in CSU GE Breadth Subarea C2 Humanities. When assigning academic credit using the DLPT, campus articulation officers and credit transfer evaluators should refer to the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training website. This ACE online guide organizes foreign language test scores and credit recommendations by language, version of test and modality of language. The Guide then provides lower and upper division credit recommendations based on the DLPT test score in the following modalities: listening, reading, and oral.

DSST Examinations

Students who present minimum scores per the DSST Examination Credit  table will be granted 3 semester units of college credit.  No more than 30 semester units of such credit may apply to a baccalaureate degree (Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits are excluded from this limit).

International Baccalaureate Exams

A student may take an unlimited number of International Baccalaureate exams and apply all to the baccalaureate degree. Credit is based on when the courses were taken. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit  table shows the total credit in semester units, GE credit and/or course equivalency for exams completed beginning Fall 2010. Refer to earlier catalog years for exams completed prior to Fall 2010.

Credit for Non-Collegiate Instruction

Humboldt State University grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, which has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The numbers of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs recommends the number of units allowed. Appropriate documentation of instruction/coursework must be submitted to the registrar through the Office of the Registrar before credit can be awarded.

Military Credit

Students may earn general education and elective credit for one year of active military service with an honorable discharge by filing a copy of their Member 4 DD214 with the Veterans Enrollment & Transition Services (VETS) office. Students may earn credit for education and training courses completed in the military based on recommendations by the American Council on Education. Humboldt State University will maintain a written record of the previous education and training of veterans and eligible persons, the Degree Audit Report will clearly indicate that credit has been granted when applicable, per 21.4253 Students are required to submit a military registry transcript to VETS.

Contact Veterans Enrollment & Transition Services to see about obtaining a military registry transcript or if you have questions about your military evaluation, 707-826-6272.

Basic Training (other than Marines): A total of 4 units will be applied to the baccalaureate degree and will be distributed as: 3 units GE Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development and 1 unit elective.

Basic Training (Marines): A total of 8 units will be applied to the baccalaureate degree and will be distributed as: 3 units GE Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development and 5 units electives.

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