DIXIE STATE COLLEGE
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 32 credits for the following types of credit:

  • Advanced Placement Credit

  • CLEP Credit

  • Vertical Credit

  • Foreign Language Credit

  • Military Training 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

Foreign Language

 

 

 

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

Government/ Politics

 

 

 

American

3-5

3

POLS 1100

Comparative

3-5

3

POLS 1100

Life Science

3-5

6

BIOL 1010, 3 credits electives

Math

 

 

 

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

Music

 

 

 

Listening and Literature

3-5

6

MUSC 1010, MUSC 1100

Theory

3-5

6

MUSC 1110, MUSC 1120

Physics

 

 

 

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:

1.   If a particular general education course has already been completed, that course�s credit will be subtracted from the CLEP credit allowed.

2.   After a CLEP exam is taken, the exam is assessed, and ungraded course credit is granted according to statewide and departmental agreements.

3.   Upon passing a CLEP test, the test results must be presented to the Registrar�s Office for credit to appear on the transcript.

The minimum level of CLEP test proficiency for any credit at Dixie State University is as follows:

CLEP Test Area

Total Score

Credits

Requirements Fulfilled

English

50 or higher

6

ENGL 1010, 3 elective credits

Humanities

50 or higher

8

HUM 1010, ART 1010, 2 elective credits

47-49

6

HUM 1010, ART 1010

45-46

3

HUM 1010

Math

No math credit given for CLEP exam

Natural Science

50 or higher

8

BIOL 1010, CHEM 1010, 2 elective credits

47-49

6

CHEM 1010, 3 elective credits

45-46

3

CHEM 1010

Social Science

50 or higher

8

HIST 1700, 5 elective credits

 

47-49

6

HIST 1700, 3 elective credits

 

45-46

3

HIST 1700

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 a university testing center (if tested at a university testing center, a student would pay for the credit at the university and then request that the test results be sent to Dixie State University).
  3. The results are evaluated by the testing center.
  4. Appropriate testing and recording fees are paid to the cashier before the end of the third week of classes during the semester in which a student is registered.
  5. The receipt and test results are presented to the Registrar's Office.