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Dr. Marcus Porter,
Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator

Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Sheridan Hall 302
Phone: (785) 628-4552
Email: maporter3@fhsu.edu

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mon - Thurs

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Credit by Examination

FHSU Exams:

These exams are administered by the FHSU department offering the course.

Advanced Standing for Credit (ASC) (Local, departmental, or challenge exams)

A fee of $25 per credit hour attempted will be charged.  All CPL policies apply. 

Exams may take the form of a traditional test, a project/activity, or other work as determined by the department.  Currently enrolled FHSU students interested in earning credits by this means should consult the exam availability list and follow the contact procedures listed for the course or department.  The student should present the contact with a reason the student believes s/he have knowledge of the course material. 

 

National Exams:

These are exams administered by organizations outside of FHSU. Students will typically pay a fee to the testing organization & the testing center where they take the test.  Students must then have scores sent to FHSU. All CPL policies apply. Typically no fee is paid to FHSU – Kelly Center has a test administration fee if taken at FHSU.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The university cooperates with high schools offering courses in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who have completed College Board Advanced Placement Tests should have a report of the scores sent to the Office of the Registrar. The university accepts scores of 5, 4, or 3 on selected examinations. The list of examinations and articulated courses is kept by the registrar's office.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national credit-by-examination program that enables students to demonstrate a level of achievement and competency for the purpose of obtaining university credit. CLEP tests are designed to measure the extent of knowledge a student has already acquired and to reward it by awarding university credit. Students should contact the Kelly Center Testing Services Office for information on test appointments, requirements, and cost. The national CLEP Web site maintains comprehensive information on the CLEP testing program including testing centers other than FHSU. A list of official CLEP policies at FHSU is available on the CLEP Credit Policy Chart.  

DSST Exams (formerly Dantes Subject Standardized Test) 

DSST examsprovide an opportunity for students to obtain college credit for what they have learned in non-traditional ways. Designed originally for the military, DSSTs are available to civilian students and adult learners as well. The DSST program is used by colleges and universities to award college credit to those who demonstrate that they have knowledge comparable to someone who completed the classroom course in the subject. Students should contact the Kelly Center Testing Services Office for information on test appointments, requirements, and cost. The national DSST Web site maintains comprehensive information on the DSST testing program. A list of official DSST policies at FHSU is available on the DSST Credit Policy Chart.  

Excelsior Examinations (formerly ACT PEP and Regents College)

Enrolled students also may earn college credit through Excelsior exams. A list of official Excelsior Examinations policies at FHSU is available on the Excelsior Examinations Credit Policies page. Students should consult the Office of the Registrar for specific information on test scores and how the successful completion of the examinations apply to their degree programs. Contact Excelsior College, 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, New York, 12203-5195, 578-464-8500, for application forms, costs, and testing dates.  

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) offers Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) in a number of languages that are not taught at FHSU (No credit is given for Spanish, French, German, or Chinese). If a student has achieved considerable proficiency through study or experience outside of the university, the enrolled student can receive credit - a "CR" grade recorded on the transcript - for successful completion of an examination in one of these languages.  However, no credit is awarded for an examination in the English language nor for a course that is a prerequisite for a course previously passed. A student who completes the ACTFL OPI with a score of "Novice Mid" or higher can receive 5 hours of credit for MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning [language name] I; and if the student receives a score of "Intermediate Mid" or higher the student can receive credit for both 5 hours of MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning [language name] I, and 5 hours of MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning [language name] II.  Students should request a report be sent direct from 
The ACTFL Web site maintains comprehensive information on the ACTFL testing program and Language Testing International is the exclusive testing provider.  Students who have taken the OPI must request an official score report that shows both the level achieved and the language tested.  ACE may not report the language.

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