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Policy and Procedure for Credit by Examination
Please refer to Policies
and Rules for Students, Section 42-50 for University Guidelines on
Credit by Examination and Academic
Administrative Policy and Procedures E-2.
- Credit by examination may be obtained where competencies and
can best be evaluated through formal examination, and only for courses
for which one comprehensive examination is a reliable method to assess
competence and knowledge. Faculty in the area of expertise shall
judge whether a course is suitable for credit by examination.
that require laboratory work or extensive group interaction are by
very nature not suitable courses for credit by examination.
- 2. No student who has previously completed a Penn State course,
of outcome, can receive credit by examination (see Policies and Rules
Students, Section 42-50), nor may any student who has withdrawn from
course (receiving WN, WP, or WF) receive credit by examination.
policy does not apply to courses taken at other institutions.
- To apply for credit by examination, the student must complete a Credit
by Examination Request Form. The request must be made no
than the end of the fifteenth class day of the semester in which credit
is to be granted. The request will be submitted to the Division
who will either approve or reject the request.
- Upon approving the request, the Division Head will solicit an
of the course to offer an examination. The Division Head will
with the relevant Department or Program Coordinator regarding the
and eligibility of the instructor. Participation of any faculty
is strictly voluntary. Credit for examination will not be offered
if no eligible, willing instructor can be identified. The
must have offered the course within two academic years of the date of
- If the instructor agrees, Upon agreeing to offer the option, the
instructor must complete the Credit by Examination Request Form.
The Division Head will seek the approval of the Dean, as called for in
Policies and Rules Students,
Section 42-50 and AAPPM
The approval of the Credit by Examination option will then be
in writing to the student and his or her advisor by the Division Head.
- The instructor will provide a package of course materials
a full syllabus and any other materials relevant to the examination) to
the student, and together they will set a date for the
The examination must be administered no later than the end of the
week of the semester.
- The instructor and the student are encouraged to meet in order to
discuss the relationship between the student’s experience and the Penn State
course. The instructor will provide examination representative of the
content of the instructional material and the goals of the course as delivered
in its most recent offering by the instructor.
- The examination will be graded in accordance with the standards of
the course as it was delivered. The instructor will submit the student’s
grade for the course to the Division Head, who (if credit is to be awarded) will
so advise the Registrar. If the outcome of the examination is lower than a
grade of C, the Division Head will record the results, and the student will not
be permitted to pursue credit by examination for the same course again.