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            Georgia Highlands College’s Advanced Placement Program awards credit by examination or by experience, enabling advanced students to bypass introductory level courses and adult learners to obtain recognition for the learning they have acquired through life experience, military service, and job-related training.  A number of examinations developed on campus as well as nationally-known testing programs are currently available to Georgia Highlands College students seeking advanced placement.


A.      On-Campus Exams

  1. Mathematics:  Students who have satisfied RHSC (required high school curriculum) mathematics requirements and score 550 or above on SAT-Math, or 24 or above on ACT-Math, or 70 or above on COMPASS-Math (COMPASS-Algebra) are eligible to take an advanced placement test in mathematics.  Credit for MATH 1111-College Algebra is awarded to students passing the test.  In addition, exemption by examination for MATH 1113-Precalculus or Math 2261-Calculus I may be determined on an individual basis.  Students may not receive credit by examination if they have already received credit for a sequentially higher level mathematics course, and only one exemption attempt is allowed for any mathematics course.  Credit for mathematics courses is not awarded on the basis of the CLEP General Examination in Mathematics but rather only for satisfactory scores on CLEP subject examinations linked to specific mathematics course content, such as College Algebra, Precalculus, or Calculus.

  1. English:  Students who score 580 or better on the SAT-Verbal, 27 or better on the ACT-English, or 90 or better on the COMPASS-English are eligible to take the advanced placement test which consists of any essay on an assigned topic.  The essay, written in a 60 minute time period, is evaluated by two or three Georgia Highlands College English professors; if the essay receives a passing rating, the student will receive 3 hours credit for English 1101.

  1. Foreign Language:  Students who have completed two or more years of high school French or Spanish, or who have extensive experience in the use of either of these languages, are eligible to take departmentally administered placement tests.  This is the final exam of the course the student wishes to exempt.  Credit will be awarded for any courses exempted.  CLEP, AP exams, etc., which involve written as well as oral testing are also accepted.

  1. All divisions allow eligible students to challenge courses by taking final exams or other designated tests.  In most cases, a student must receive permission from the division chairman (or a designated faculty member) before any exams will be given.  Credit hours are awarded with a grade of K for the exempted courses entered on the student’s transcript.

a)       Natural Science and Physical Education provides an opportunity to challenge PHED 1020, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid. Students interested in challenging this course must have current American Heart Association certification in Basic Life Support. No certification in first aid is required but applicants are encouraged to possess extensive knowledge in first aid. Renewal of certification is not provided.Related to the Board of Regents Policy 2.20 awarding credit for military service, the following exemptions apply: PHED 1020, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid for service as a medic and PHED1100, Personal Fitness for basic military training.

b)      Business has an exemption policy for Accounting 2101 and 2102 and Economics 2105 and 2106 which involves a comprehensive final exam.

c)       The Natural Science faculty is willing to discuss possible course exemptions and arrange testing for any qualified applicant based on substantial documentation. Credit for Human Anatomy and Physiology is historically not given.

d)      Nursing permits Licensed Practical Nurses and Paramedics to choose to exempt the first two semesters of the nursing sequence (NURS 1101 and 1102).  This policy is fully described in the current college catalog under LPN-RN Career Mobility Program.

e)       The Human Services Credit for prior learning, offered by the Human Services Program differs from the other testing programs in that credit is awarded on the basis of learning through prior experience rather than on the results of any one exam.  A student who feels that he or she is qualified first has an interview with an assigned faculty member who determines if the student’s experience meets the program’s specifications.  The student then assembles a portfolio in which he or she relates his or her past experiences to his or her educational goals and presents documentation that shows his or her prior learning to be equivalent to the material covered in the classes to be exempted.  The portfolio is evaluated by a faculty committee who may then award credit; up to 17 hours of course work.  An exam may or may not be required.  For more information than this brief outline allows, contact the Director of the Human Services Program.

f)      Social Sciences, Business and Education awards EDUC 2110 credit to students who have successfully completed state assessment requirements in High School.   Credit is also awarded for eligible CLEP or AP students in accordance with college and University System policies. For more information on class exemption, contact the academic dean of the division.


B.      Off Campus Exams

  1. CLEP:  Georgia Highlands College is primarily concerned with four of five of the Subject Examinations offered by College Level Examination Program (CLEP)—English Composition, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and History.  These Subject Exams cover material usually encountered in the core curriculum.  Scores needed to receive advanced placement in these areas are in line with those used at many other University System schools, including the University of Georgia, and also follow the guidelines suggested by the American Council of Education.

  1. AP:  The Advanced Placement Program, also created by the College Board, is made up of college-level courses and exams taught on secondary school campuses by secondary school faculty.  Although the College Board provides booklets describing the essential content of each course and containing sample exam questions, the form of the course is left to the faculty teaching it, so that an AP course may be a regular course, an honors class, or even an independent study.  The standardized exams, except art, contain both multiple-choice questions and free-response questions that require essay writing or problem solving.  Every exam receives an overall grade on a five-point scale:  5 (extremely well qualified), 4 (well qualified), 3 (qualified), 2 (possibly qualified), and 1 (no recommendation).  Georgia Highlands College generally follows the policy of the University of Georgia, which now awards credit for scores of 3 or better on most AP exams.


Revised April 20, 2011



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