Nationally recognized examinations generally reflect college course work in specific subjects and are administered several times a year at test centers located on college or university campuses.
Qualifying scores on the following standardized exams may be used for college credit consideration:
- Advanced Placement Program (APP)
- Career Technical Education (CTE)
- College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP)
- Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES)
- Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
- Please refer to Appendices A, B, C, D, E, F, G, & H for a list of accepted standardized exams, required scores, and the coinciding FTCC credit that will be awarded if at least the minimum scores are met.
- Official test scores are treated like college transcripts and must be submitted per Admissions guidelines.
- Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) since Jan 2001
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
Developed by nationally recognized organizations, published guides contain recommended college credit for military, industrial, and vocational training. Evaluators, deans, department, and division chairs use the following published guides as tools to assist them in evaluating and awarding equivalent college credit for prior learning:
Industry Standard Certifications
The Guide for Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs
National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI)
NC DOL Apprenticeship Program
These certifications reflect current industry standards for which FTCC has determined course equivalencies and credits. Upon submission of official documentation an evaluation will be conducted and applicable credit may be awarded to the student's transcript. Refer to Appendix I for a complete list of Industry Standard Certifications and the approved FTCC equivalencies.
Credit for correspondence courses and other extension work completed at other institutions or activities by a degree-seeking College student will be evaluated for possible transfer by the appropriate Dean or Department Chair. Credit for these courses will not be accepted for transfer if the student has previously completed an equivalent course.
A student who feels he/she qualifies for course credit based on prior educational background, work experience or former independent study may challenge approved courses through the successful completion of a comprehensive proficiency exam. Upon successful completion of the proficiency exam with a grade of “C” or better, the student may be awarded credit for the challenged course. The credit will appear on the student’s transcript with a grade of “P” once the student has registered and successfully completed the proficiency exam. The grade of “P” is not calculated in the GPA. Proficiency exam approval, content and grading are subject to departmental, division or academic dean approval.
There are certain requirements before taking a Proficiency Exam. The student must have an established transcript at FTCC denoting the successful completion of a three (3) credit hour course which counts towards residency. The student must be currently enrolled at FTCC in the academic program for which the credit is applicable.
The student must never have attempted the course before.
All pre-requisite standards for the course must be met.
Successfully challenged courses do not apply towards the FTCC 25% residency rule.
Successfully challenged courses award “0” points in the Health Competitive process.
Successfully challenged courses may not be accepted by other educational institutions.
Veterans and other third party payment recipients may not use courses passed by proficiency for the purposes of entitlement.
- Registering and paying for the course is the sole responsibility of the student.
- The student must meet the conditions stated above.
- The student may challenge a course any time during an active registration period.
- The student must request to challenge a course through the appropriate Department Chair/Instructor.
- The Department Chair/Instructor will determine if the student’s knowledge base is appropriate to warrant the challenge exam. (If the Department Chair approves the test, he or she will register the student for the course.)
- (When) approved, the student must pay tuition in cash prior to taking the exam. Regardless of outcome, this fee is non-refundable.
- The student will take a comprehensive oral, written, demonstration of skills or any combination of the above developed by the department.
- If the student successfully passes the exam, the Department Chair notifies the Registrar of exam completion.
- A grade of “P” will be awarded to the student for the course.
- If the student is not successful in his/her attempt, there are two available options:
- The student may register, pay and take the class at a time of his/her choosing; or
- The student may maintain the current registration in the class to complete it.