Alternate Ways to Earn Credit

TESTING SERVICES

As a national test center, UAF Testing Services administers paper-and-pencil and computer-based exams. The office advises UAF students, prospective students and the community on national testing matters for college admissions and placement and for career and professional certification. Testing Services also coordinates credit by examination for local tests and for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). The office also does private proctoring. For more information and registration materials, contact Testing Services, 211 Gruening Building, 907-474-5277uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu or http://www.uaf.edu/testing/.

CREDIT FOR NATIONAL EXAMS

There are several ways to earn college credit by receiving a passing score on a national exam. UAF currently accepts the following exams:

  • College-level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • College Board Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Credit for Language Testing
  • DANTES-DSST (Standardized Subject Tests)

For any of the following exam options, grades are not computed in the UAF GPA. Credit received for exams is not considered UAF residence credit and is not considered to be part of the semester course load for classification as a full-time student. Credit is awarded to current or previously enrolled degree students at UAF. Rules that apply to transfer courses (including the tables of substitutions) also apply to course credit received through a national exam. The credit for national exam options are briefly outlined here.

UAF currently accepts the following exams: College-level Examination Program (CLEP), College Board Advanced Placement Exams (AP), International Baccalaureate, Credit for Language Testing, DANTES-DSST (Standardized Subject Tests).

UAF ADVANCED PLACEMENT CREDIT

  • English
    Students with ACT or SAT scores that place them in WRTG F211XWRTG F212XWRTG F213X or WRTG F214X (see Writing Course Placement Scores table) may receive local advanced placement credit for WRTG F111X upon completion of WRTG F211XWRTG F212XWRTG F213X or WRTG F214X with a grade of C or better.
    Students who have received transfer credit that substitutes for WRTG F211XWRTG F212XWRTG F213X or WRTG F214X with a grade of C or better and who meet the ACT or SAT test score requirement may also receive credit for WRTG F111X.
    To receive this credit, students must submit the Application for WRTG F111X Credit form to the Office of the Registrar. The form is available at the Office of the Registrar or the English Department.
  • Alaska Native Language
    After completing a course in which the student was placed (above 101) and earning a B grade or higher, the student may ask to receive credit for the two immediately preceding prerequisite courses, if any. However, credit cannot be awarded for such courses if university credit has already been granted. Credit will not be awarded for special topics courses, individual study courses, literature or culture courses, conversation courses, or any course taught in English.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

The Academic Advising Center administers the credit for prior learning program, wherein students may earn undergraduate credit based on university-level learning they have obtained outside the classroom. Students can document the university-level learning they have gained through employment, volunteer service or other life experiences with a portfolio or copies of licenses and certificates earned. Certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree students may earn up to 25 percent of total program requirements through the credit for prior learning program.

Credentials for admitted degree students who are currently enrolled are reviewed by faculty from participating departments who determine if this process is appropriate and make recommendations for awarding prior learning credit. Review is based on equivalency to courses listed in this catalog. Credit received for prior learning does not affect your GPA and is not considered residence credit.
The university will award transfer credit for specified national and state authorizations, certificates, credentials and/or examinations (see Transferring Credits) that do not need credit for prior learning review. For further information or assistance, contact the Academic Advising Center, 510 Gruening Building, 907-474-6396 or uaf.advising@alaska.edu. The credit for prior learning student handbook is available at http://www.uaf.edu/advising/cpl/CPL-Handbook-.pdf.

UAF CREDIT BY EXAM

Credit by exam can be earned at UAF by students who are currently enrolled. Most courses are available for credit by exam, except those with numbers ending -90 through -99 (193, 292, 497, etc.). A course challenged for credit cannot duplicate a course for which credit has already been granted or in which the student is currently enrolled. It is up to the discretion of the department and instructor to decide which courses can be challenged, the testing method and grading procedures. Credit by exam may not be requested for audited courses until one year has passed since the end of the semester in which the course was audited.

Credit by examination forms may be obtained online at http://www.uaf.edu/testing/, under UAF-Specific Tests, or at the Office of Testing Services in 211 Gruening. For more information on challenging a course call Testing Services at 907-474-5277.

UAF COMPETENCY TESTING

Students with appropriate background experience may complete certain components of the UAF general education requirements via competency testing. Credit by exam is not available.

  • Library Competency Exam
    The Library Competency Exam, administered by UAF Testing Services, is offered to fulfill the bachelors' degree requirement for LS F101X. The LCE, offered daily in Testing Services for $30, is designed to test or verify a student’s knowledge of standard library functions, services and organization. While no credit is awarded for passing this exam, a score of at least 70 percent will fulfill the bachelors' degree requirements for LS F101X. Please contact Testing Services at 907-474-5277uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu or 211 Gruening Building for more information.
  • Computer Skills Placement Exam
    The Computer Skills Placement Exam, administered by UAF Testing Services, is offered to fulfill the degree requirement for AIS F101, required by students seeking a B.B.A. degree at UAF. The CSP, offered daily in Testing Services for $30, is designed to test or verify a student’s knowledge of information technology and file management procedures; word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), databases (Access) and presentation (PowerPoint) software; and information and communication skills. While no credit is awarded for passing this exam, a score of at least 70 percent will fulfill the degree requirement for AIS F101. Please contact Testing Services at 907-474-5277uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu or 211 Gruening Building for more information.
  • Oral Communication Competency Exam
    Requests for competency testing for COJO F141X will be considered only if, in the opinion of a member of the Communication and Journalism Department faculty, a student presents evidence of substantive prior experience in formal public speaking situations (competency testing is not available for COJO F131X). Neither prior oral intensive course work nor COJO F432 are considered evidence of substantive prior experience. If the prior experience is sufficient, the individual will be asked either: a) to provide a video (not audio) recording of a formal public speaking presentation at least 10 minutes in length, or b) to present a 10-minute persuasive speech before a live audience, with at least one member of the Communication and Journalism Department faculty present. This process may be attempted only once. The date for live speeches will be established each semester, at a single time during the fourth to sixth week of classes. While no credit is awarded for passing this exam, a grade of at least a B (3.0) for either type of presentation will fulfill the general education requirements for COJO F141X. For more information and an application for competency testing, contact Testing Services at 907-474-5277, 211 Gruening Building, or the Department of Communication and Journalism at 907-474-7761 or 101 Bunnell Building.

College-level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • CLEP is a national testing program that awards college credit for some introductory courses. The exams cost $120 each (cost subject to change) and are administered by appointment only.



    See a list of College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) general and subject exams approved for credit at UAF below. To register for a CLEP exam or for more information, contact UAF Testing Services at 907-474-5277 or uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu. The following criteria apply to CLEP exams:
  • Students can earn up to 6 semester credits upon successful completion of a General CLEP exam in the discipline of college mathematics, humanities, natural sciences or social sciences/history. Students who have earned less than 6 credits in the discipline (or 3 credits for mathematics), from any source, will be awarded the difference in credits upon successful completion of the exam. Students who already have 6 or more credits in the discipline (or 3 credits for mathematics) will not receive credit for the exam. General CLEP exams are listed in bold font in the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams Currently Accepted table.
  • Students may not duplicate a course for which credit has already been earned or in which the student is currently enrolled.
  • Students must wait at least one year after the end of an audited course before taking the CLEP Subject exam for that course.
  • The minimum passing score for approved CLEP exams is 50, with the exception of the following foreign languages scores: French semester I and II minimum 50, semesters III and IV minimum 59; German semester I minimum 39, semester II minimum 50, semester III minimum 55, semester IV minimum 60; Spanish semester I minimum 39, semester II minimum 50, semester III minimum 57, semester IV minimum 63.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams Currently Accepted

Examination Name UAF Course Equivalent Credits
Algebra (College) MATH F122X or MATH F151X 3 or 4
American Government PS F101X 3
American Literature NOT APPROVED FOR CREDIT
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature NOT APPROVED FOR CREDIT
Biology NOT APPROVED FOR CREDIT
Calculus MATH F251X 4
Chemistry CHEM F105X/CHEM F106X 8
College Composition WRTG F111X 3
College Composition Modular NOT APPROVED FOR CREDIT
College Mathematics1 Mathematics elective credits 3
Educational Psychology (Introduction) NOT APPROVED FOR CREDIT
English Literature NOT APPROVED FOR CREDIT
Financial Accounting ACCT F261X 3
French Language FREN F101X/FREN F102X 5/5
FREN F201/FREN F202 3/3
German Language GER F101X/ GER F102X 5/5
GER F201/GER F202 3/3
History of the United States I HIST F1312 3
History of the United States II HIST F132X 3
Human Growth and Development PSY F2402 3
Humanities1 Humanities elective credits3 6
Information Systems PENDING DEPT APPROVAL
Introductory Business Law ABUS F241 3
Natural Sciences1 Natural sciences elective credits 6
Precalculus MATH F151X/MATH F152X 4/3
Principles of Marketing ABUS F260 3
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON F202X 3
Principles of Microeconomics ECON F201X 3
Principles of Management ABUS F232 3
Psychology (Introductory) PSY F101X 3
Social Sciences/History1 Social sciences elective credits2 6
Sociology (Introductory) SOC F101X 3
Spanish Language SPAN F101X/SPAN F102X 5/5
SPAN F201/SPAN F202 3/3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 HIST F1012 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present HIST F102X 3

X = Course meets general education requirement.

The Table of GER Substitutions: Non-UA Institutions guidelines determine which courses may meet general education requirements.

Must have a minimum score of 50 in order to receive UAF credit, with the exception of foreign language exams, where score determines the number of credits awarded.

College Board Advanced Placement Exams

UAF grants advanced credit for exam results of 3 or higher, or a score of 4 or 5 (effective fall 2016) for Calculus AB or BC, on the College Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Tests (see the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Currently Accepted table below). These exams are usually taken during the junior or senior year in high school.

To receive CEEB advanced placement credit, ask that an official report of the exam results be sent to the Office of Admissions from the College Board. Credits may be earned for more than one advanced placement exam.

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Currently Accepted

Examination Name UAF Course Equivalent Credits
Art: History ART F261X/ART F262X 6
Art, Studio: 2-D Art electives1,3 6
Art, Studio: 3-D Art electives1,3 6
Art, Studio: Drawing Art Electives1,3 6
Biology BIOL F115X/BIOL F116X 8
Calculus AB MATH F251X 4
Calculus BC MATH F251X/MATH F252X 8
Chemistry CHEM F105X/CHEM F106X 8
Chinese Language and Culture CHNS F101X/CHNS F102X 10
Computer Science A CS F201 3
English Language & Composition WRTG F111X 3
English Literature & Composition WRTG F111X 3
Environmental Science Natural sciences elective (meets general education requirement) 4
European History HIST F1012/HIST F102X 6
French Language and Culture FREN F101X/FREN F102X 10
German Language and Culture GER F101X/GER F102X 10
Government and Politics: Comparative PS F201X 3
Government and Politics: United States PS F101X 3
Human Geography GEOG F101X 3
Italian Language and Culture Foreign Language electives3 8
Japanese Language and Culture JPN F101X/JPN F102X 10
Latin Foreign Language electives3 8
Macroeconomics ECON F202X 3
Microeconomics ECON F201X 3
Music Theory (score of 3) MUS F103X 3
Music Theory (score of 4 or 5) MUS F1313/MUS F1333 5
Physics 1 PHYS F123X 4
Physics 2 PHYS F124X 4
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism PHYS F212X 4
Physics C: Mechanics PHYS F211X 4
Psychology PSY F101X 3
Russian Language and Culture (Prototype) RUSS F101X/RUSS F102X 10
Spanish Language and Culture SPAN F101X/SPAN F102X 10
Spanish Literature and Culture Spanish electives (200 level)3 2
SPAN F2013 3
Statistics STAT F200X 3
United States History HIST F1312/HIST F132X 6
World History HIST F100X 3

X = Course meets general education requirement.

The Table of GER Substitutions: Non-UA Institutions guidelines determine which courses may meet general education requirements.

Must have a minimum score of 3, or a score of 4 or 5 for Calculus AB or BC, in order to receive UAF credit. 

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a two-year curriculum for students ages 16 to 19 and is similar to the final year of secondary school in some countries in Europe. UAF grants advanced credit, with a waiver of fees, for IB higher-level and some standard-level exams on which students have earned a score of 4 or higher, or a score of 5 or higher for mathematics (see the International Baccalaureate Exams Currently Accepted table below). To receive IB credit, students should submit an official copy of their IB exam results to the Office of the Registrar.

International Baccalaureate Exams Currently Accepted

Examination Name Level UAF Course Equivalent Credits
Biology HL BIOL F115X/BIOL F116X 8
Chemistry SL CHEM F103X/CHEM F104X 8
Chemistry HL CHEM F105X/CHEM F106X 8
Classical Greek HL Humanities electives1 6
French SL FREN F101X/FREN F102X 10
French HL FREN F101X/FREN F102X 10
FREN F2011/FREN F2021 6
German SL GER F101X/GER F102X 10
German HL GER F101X/GER F102X 10
GER F2011/GER F2021 6
History of Europe & the Islamic World HL HIST electives2 6
Japanese SL JPN F101X/JPN F102X 8
Japanese HL JPN F101X/JPN F102X 10
JPN F2011/JPN F2021 10
Language A1 (English) HL WRTG F111X and 3
ENGL electives 3
Language A: Language & Literature Not Accepted for Credit -
Language A: Literature Not Accepted for Credit -
Literature and Performance Not Accepted for Credit -
Latin HL LAT F101X/LAT F102X 6
Mathematics HL MATH F251X 4
Mathematics w/Series & ODE option HL MATH F251X 4
MATH F252X 4
Mathematics and Further Math HL MATH F251X, MATH F252X 8
SL MATH electives 3
Philosophy HL PHIL F102X 3
Physics SL PHYS F123X 4
Physics HL PHYS F123X/PHYS F124X 8
Russian SL RUSS F101X/RUSS F102X 10
Russian HL RUSS F101X/RUSS F102X 10
RUSS F2011/RUSS F2021 8
Social & Cultural Anthropology SL ANTH electives 6
HL ANTH F2422 3
Spanish SL SPAN F101X/SPAN F102X 10
Spanish HL SPAN F101X/SPAN F102X 10
SPAN F2011/SPAN F2021 6
Theatre SL FLPA F200X 3
Theatre HL FLPA F200X 3
FLPA electives 1
20th-C World History: History of Africa HL HIST F100X substitute 3
HIST electives 3
20th-C World History: History of the Americas HL HIST F100X substitute 3
HIST electives 3
20th-C World History: History of Asia & Oceania HL HIST F100X substitute 3
HIST electives 3
20th-C World History: History of Europe & the Middle East HL HIST electives2 6
Visual Arts HL ART F105X1,3/ART F1611 6

X = Course meets general education requirement.

The Table of GER Substitutions: Non-UA Institutions guidelines determine which courses may meet general education requirements.

If an international baccalaureate exam is not in this table, contact the Office of the Registrar at uaf-registrar@alaska.edu for more information.

Must have a minimum score of 4 (or a score of 5 in mathematics) to receive UAF credit.

Credit for Language Testing

UAF accepts successful test results from Brigham Young University or other national testing programs (subject to approval from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures) in languages for which no CLEP test is available, for a maximum of 12 credits. The first 10 credits may be applied to the general education Humanities and/or Additional Arts/Humanities, Social Sciences requirement, and any additional credits will be awarded general humanities elective credit. Results must be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar by the testing agency. For more information on foreign language testing opportunities, contact UAF Testing Services at 907-474-5277 or uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu.

Students who are speakers of non-English languages transferring from foreign partner universities to UAF are exempted from taking a foreign language test to demonstrate fluency in that language. Complete the language exemption/GER credit waiver form and file it with the Office of the Registrar. Upon approval, 3 credits of general education humanities and/or 3 credits of additional arts/humanities/social sciences general education requirements will be waived. This applies only to students participating in formalized articulation agreements established between UAF and partner institutions.

DANTES-DSST (Standardized Subject Tests)

DSST is a national testing program that offers exams in traditional academic, vocational/technical and business subject areas. Credit is awarded for successfully completing DSST tests as recommended by the American Council on Education. Acceptance of the DSST exam for a specific catalog course or as a major/minor requirement is subject to department approval. DSST exams cost $120 each (cost subject to change). Contact UAF Testing Services at 907-474-5277 or uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu about the availability of DSST testing.