Ways of Achieving Alternative Academic Credit

Veterans have the potential to earn credit through life experience, the College Level Examination Program, and credit by exam through York College.

Credit by Examination

Matriculated students may earn course credit by successfully completing an examination that tests mastery of the learning outcomes of a given course. Credit is awarded for successful completion of the examination.

  1. Examinations may be permitted at the discretion of the Department Chair.
  2. Application for examination should be made in writing to the appropriate Department Chair on forms available in the Registrar’s Office or Academic Advising Office.
  3. If the Department Chair approves the application, the Chair will designate the appropriate instructor who will prepare, administer, and evaluate the examination that is normally not less than three hours in length.
  4. A student should not use credit by examination to complete any course required for graduation during the last semester.
  5. Credit earned in a course taken by examination, 2 level (“C”) work or better, shall be recorded together with quality points on the permanent record.
  6. The maximum number of credits eligible to be earned by credit by examination is 30.
  7. Credit By Exam will not be approved in cases when the student has already completed the course.

Advanced Placement and CLEP

Advanced placement and college credit may be granted to entering students who perform satisfactorily on the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), American College Testing/PEP examination, or other proficiency tests that have been approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Chair of the department. Similarly, a student who has matriculated and based on previous experience, training, and background believes that he or she has sufficient knowledge to pass a course by examination may, upon petition to the appropriate department chair, be given a suitable examination for the course desired.

The following regulations apply to students who earn credit and/or advanced standing:

  1. The Department Chair or the student may initiate procedures resulting in credit or advanced standing for a course.
  2. College credit will be granted to entering freshmen who earn scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the individual subject tests of the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations.
  3. Credit will be granted on CLEP examinations on the basis of the York College of Pennsylvania CLEP Equivalency report available at the Registrar’s Office. To obtain credit the student must score above 50 in each test and meet any other requirements specified on the Equivalency report or by the College.
  4. A course for which credit and/or advanced placement has been granted will be noted on the official transcript and will represent credit for, or a waiver of, a specific course, whichever is appropriate.
  5. The maximum number of credits that any one person may earn by advanced placement and/or credit by examination is 60 for the baccalaureate degree and 30 for the associate’s degree. CLEP examinations may not be scheduled within the final 30-credit residency period.
  6. The Department Chair and Dean of Academic Affairs will determine what is a satisfactory score on performance tests used by the College other than the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program, and the American College Testing/PEP examinations.
  7. A student wishing to receive credit for previous life experiences must present a portfolio of experiences in writing to the Academic Dean’s Office. The portfolio will then be forwarded to the appropriate department(s) for review and evaluation.