CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
Students may demonstrate evidence of college-level achievement through the use of nationally standardized tests. Competency to write these examinations may have been gained through intensive preparation in high school, extensive reading in a particular field, or other types of formal or informal preparation. A student may not repeat by proficiency testing a course that has been previously taken or failed at NDSU or another accredited institution. High school transcripts and student-issued grade reports are not considered official for purposes of awarding credit by examination. Credit by examination is not considered NDSU residential credit.
Score reports must be sent directly from the awarding agency/board to the following address at NDSU:
North Dakota State University
Office of Registration and Records
Dept 5210, P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
A student who is currently registered may seek credit by challenging a course. A course challenge usually consists of a special comprehensive examination; however, additional types of performance may be required for some courses. A course challenge is only permitted for courses in which the student has no previous record (prior registrations allowable if course was dropped by the No Record Drop deadline in a given term). Further, credits earned by course challenge may not satisfy requirements toward a graduate degree.
Procedures for pursuing a course challenge include the following:
- Obtain a Petition for Course Challenge Form, available online.
- Obtain approval from the academic adviser, the instructor of the course, and the chair of the department offering the course. Clarify expectations of the challenge, e.g., examination only or examination plus other performance. Based on the nature of the course and content area, some courses may not be approved for challenge by the department.
- Pay the course challenge fee at the Customer Account Services, 302 Ceres Hall, after receiving approval for the challenge (50% of the regular credit tuition charge; not subject to tuition cap).
- Arrange a mutually convenient date and time for the challenge with the instructor or department.
- Upon receipt of the signed Petition for Course Challenge form from the department, courses and credits successfully challenged are listed on the student's academic transcript with a passing grade. Unsuccessful challenges are not recorded.
Students must adhere to the placement requirements when enrolling in a language course for the first time at NDSU. Enrollment in a course below the student's background level will result in no credit for that course.
If, after appropriate placement, the student's instructor recommends that because of exceptional circumstances the student should be placed at a lower level, full credit at the new level may be granted upon approval by the chair of the department and the student's dean.
- Students with no previous study or limited experience (less than two years or units in high school) in the language should take 100 level language courses.
- Students with two or three years or units of a language in high school or one year of college credit should take 200 level language courses.
- Students with four or more years or units in high school or those who fulfill the Bachelor of Arts language requirement may take 300 level language courses.
- All other cases will be determined by the department.
A student placed at an advance level may receive NDSU credit for those courses waived, upon fulfillment of the following conditions:
- The student has completed no previous college-level credit in that language;
- The student enrolls consecutively in at least two courses within the same level, i.e., 201-202, (intermediate); 311-312 (advanced); and receives a grade of 'B' or better (courses may not be taken pass/fail).
- The student submits a petition form obtained from the Department of Modern Languages, signed by the instructor and the department chair.
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