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The University of the Incarnate Word awards credit based upon the concept that learning may be acquired from different sources of knowledge. For this reason, we recognize various examinations through which students may demonstrate their proficiency with the content tested. The following regulations/policies apply toward the awarding of credits based upon examination:

Credit by Examination Policy:

  • No more than 30 credit hours may be earned by examination or in combination with correspondence work.
  • Credits granted through examination are considered transfer credit and may not fulfill residency requirements for any degree.
  • An exam may be attempted only twice (see #4) with a mandatory six months waiting period between each attempt.
  • The Computer Literacy exam may be attempted for credit or to demonstrate competence and may be attempted once. If taken for credit, a Challenge Exam form must be completed and a payment of 40% of the tuition is due in advance.
  • Examination credit is posted as “S” on the transcript and will not count in the grade point average statistics.
  • Credit will not be granted when the content of the exam duplicates credits previously attempted or awarded or when the student has credit for courses at a more advanced level that that of the exam.
  • Credit through exam may not be earned once a student is in his/her final semester of enrollment.

Follow the links below for the cut-off scores and equivalent course for each specific examination. You may select between documents presented using Microsoft Word or through Adobe Acrobat (PDF) if you do not have Microsoft Word. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you will need to install the Adobe Acrobat program on your computer before downloading forms. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free program.

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, select this link first:  get acrobat  After the Adobe link opens, you will need to scroll down to the "Get Acrobat Reader Free" link. Once the software is installed, you may open the PDF forms.

Advanced Placement (AP)



The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is sponsored by the College Board and offers secondary school students the opportunity to participate in challenging university-level course work with the potential of receiving university credit. UIW requires a minimum score of "3" for credit. Official score reports should be sent to the Registrar, who will evaluate the report and determine the amount of credit to be awarded. In most cases, the ACE recommendation will be used. However, AP tests are under constant evaluation and scores are subject to change according to the evaluation period.


 


Challenge Examinations



Only students enrolled in a degree program at the University are eligible to apply for challenge examinations. These examinations may be taken only if approved by the faculty member who will administer the test and the Dean with oversight of the discipline involved. The examination may be taken only once and must be complete with a minimum grade of C (a grade of P will be recorded if the minimum is achieved). Challenge Examination application forms are available at this link and in the Registrar's Office. The fee, 40% of the tuition for the course being challenged, is payable in advance.


 

 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)



The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides two types of examinations--General Examinations and Subject Examinations that are available in a variety of disciplines. Students interested in taking these examinations should contact personnel in the Testing Center for information regarding costs, testing dates, and procedures for having test scores submitted for consideration for credit. Standards for satisfactory credit are set by the University faculty in each discipline area and may be higher that the ACE recommendations. CLEP tests are under constant evaluation and scores are subject to change according to the evaluation period.


 

 

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)



The Subject Standardized Tests are provided by DANTES. These are an extensive series of examinations in university subjects that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examination in particular undergraduate courses. Students should contact personnel in the Testing Center for more information regarding these examinations and the test dates. Credits are not awarded for all test subjects. DANTES tests are under constant evaluation and scores are subject to change according to the evaluation period.


 

 

International Baccalaureate (IB)



The University of the Incarnate Word will grant up to 24 semester hours of credit to students who successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and receive a score of 4 or higher. Non-IB diploma holders may receive credit based upon receiving a score of 4 or higher on the higher-level exams.


 

Credit by Exam Request Form

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Advanced Placement Exams (AP)

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Challenge Examinations (UIW Administration)

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

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