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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

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

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

These exams are administered by the FHSU department offering the course.  Exams may take the form of a traditional test, a project/activity, or other work as determined by the department.  Currently enrolled students interested in earning credits by this means should contact the department chair to learn about the availability and procedure for specific courses.  The student should present the chair 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 is provided here .

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.  

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) 

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) provide 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 DANTES Web site maintains comprehensive information on the DSST testing program. A list of official DANTES policies at FHSU is available on the DANTES 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 in a number of languages that are not taught at FHSU. 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.
The ACTFL Web site maintains comprehensive information on the ACTFL testing program.

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