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Credit by Examination
Many students reach a college-level education through study outside the classroom. Therefore, IECC allows enrolled students
to receive credit by examination. The maximum amount of credit which a student may gain through credit by examination is 32
Proficiency Examinations Administered by IECC
IECC grants credit through proficiency examinations administered on-campus at an IECC Test Center. A student may request
testing for a course by completing the Proficiency Application and submitting to the appropriate instructor for permission to
apply for a proficiency examination. Permission must also be granted by the advisor and dean. Once approved by all and the fee
received, the instructor will arrange for the exam. The following conditions also apply:
- Proficiency examinations may not be taken for courses in which a student has previously enrolled for credit,
audit, or pass/fail.
- A student may take a particular proficiency examination only once.
- A student has 30 days from the date of payment to complete the exam or forfeit the exam fee.
- IECC will accept only scores from proficiency examinations administered at an IECC test center.
IECC proficiency examinations carry grades of “A”, “B”, “C”, “P”, or “Not Passing”. Grades, other than “Not Passing”, will be
entered on the student’s transcript as “By Proficiency” and will carry appropriate course credit. Proficiency examination grades
entered on the student’s transcript will be used in computing grade point averages. A grade of “Not Passing” will not be used in
grade point averages, nor will it be recorded on the student’s transcript.
Examinations Administered by Others and Accepted by IECC
Additionally, IECC may accept credit through:
- CLEP (College Level Examination Program) testing - Sponsored by College Board, this program allows students to demonstrate the knowledge they've acquired through various life experiences such as independent study, on the job training, professional development, and internships. There are over 30 examinations available which must be taken at established test centers. See the CLEP Table link below for specific equivalency information relating to IECC.
- AP (Advanced Placement) testing - Students who have participated in the high school Advanced Placement program and successfully completed the associated testing may be eligible to receive college credit. See the AP Table link below for specific equivalency information relating to IECC.
- IB (International Baccalaureate) program - Some students may have chosen the International Baccalaureate course of study as part of their high school curriculum, allowing students to complete college-level coursework which leads to final examinations in 6 subject areas. See the IB Table link below for specific equivalency information relating to IECC.
- GED (General Education Development) testing - An alternative to a high school diploma, the GED test is made up of 4 subject tests which, when passed, provides certification that the individual has high school level academic skills. See the GED Table link below for specific equivalency information relating to IECC.
Credit for appropriate CLEP scores, AP scores, GED Scores, and IB programs will be entered on the student’s transcript as a transfer credit and will not be used in computing grade point averages. The student will be responsible for obtaining and submitting an official document verifying credit by examination scores. This form will be submitted to Student Services for evaluation.
Credit Equivalency by Licensure, Certification, Military Experience, or State Seal of Biliteracy
A student who has already obtained an industry recognized license or certification, for which the college offers a career and technical certificate or degree curriculum; a student who has evidence of a State Seal of Biliteracy on his/her transcript; or a student who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of his/her military experience, may be granted college credit. Eligibility is determined by an evaluative process administered by the Dean of Instruction. This process and the applicable courses/credit information can be found in Procedure 500.26 and the required form is below: