Any student who believes he/she is qualified for college credit through experience, previous training, or noncredit coursework may request a proficiency exam at the appropriate division office. When a proficiency examination is an appropriate measure, the examination will be thorough and in keeping with the established goals and objectives of the course(s) and the overall program. Theoretical knowledge will be tested by faculty recommendation through common acceptable measures (i.e., paper and pencil, computerized, etc.) with the possibility of a practical skills component. Both written and practical skills testing may be required to ensure course rigor is maintained and achieved.
Students are able to review the master syllabus of the course they are interested in testing for, and speak with the departmental faculty regarding content. The master syllabus may be found in the any of the majors and programs.
The cost of a proficiency exam that requires a written only portion is $25/credit hour for up to a maximum total of $75 (for 3 or more credit hours). If the course requires a skills only exam, the cost is $50. The cost of a proficiency exam that requires a written and skills response is $25/credit hour for up to a maximum total of $75 (for 3 or more credit hours) and $50 for the skills portion of the exam.
Students must meet all course prerequisites to be eligible for a proficiency test. Interested students are encouraged to submit an proficiency application.