Up to 30% of the credits for an Andrews University undergraduate degree may be earned through prior college-level learning. Personal and professional development is assessed externally through advanced placement or standardized exams most commonly. Occasionally, internal assessments are possible through departmental challenge exams, validation or proficiency assessments, and through course-specific portfolio assessment.
Some high schools offer classes at a level equivalent to first year university classes in the United States. Other high school classes include the option to take advanced placement examinations through a nationally recognized examining body. Andrews University grants credit for qualifying scores on the following exams, upon receipt of an original transcript:
Completing a national or standardized exam listed as assessing outcomes for a particular college or university course is an efficient way to earn college credit for what you have learned through personal study, work or life experience. Other national or international exams may also qualify.
Steps to Taking Exams and Getting Credit Recorded:
A limited amount of credit may be earned through departmentally constructed written, oral or skill assessments, or nationally formed professional examinations administered by the department. For example, modern language and biblical knowledge may be assessment by departments to waive some general education requirements.
Special assessments may also be taken for reasons other than earning credit. Certain published curricular or degree requirements may be waived, or transfer credits from an unaccredited college or training program may be validated through special examinations. For further information, contact the dean of the respective school.Andrews University may recognize college-level learning through professional development and training which led to certification, classes or testing recognized by entities such as:
Students may apply for prior learning assessment of personal achievements and professional expertise where no standardized or departmental examination is available.
Are prior learning credits transferable? As the decision to accept credit for prior college-level learning is determined by each college or university in the context of a specific program of study, be aware that any internally evaluated CPL credits (departmental challenge exams, validations, portfolio assessments) on your Andrews University record may not transfer. Externally evaluated credits earned through advanced placement and standardized exams, while still subject to each institution's CPL policies, are more readily transferable.