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    Jun 14, 2024  
2017-2018 Catalog: December 2017 Edition 
2017-2018 Catalog: December 2017 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit by Examination

Credit from Other Institutions

Credit by Examination

Specific Course Credit

Irvine Valley College may grant credit by examination to a student for previous experience, training, or instruction equivalent to a specific course offered by the college- provided it is a course for which the student has not received prior high school or college credit, has not attempted credit by examination, and has never enrolled. The course should be one whose content, in the opinion of the department and the instructor assigned, lends itself to testing by examination.

Credit by examination may be granted only for a course listed in the college catalog and only to a student who is registered in the South Orange County Community College District and is in good standing. A student may not receive credit by examination for any course which is a prerequisite to a course for which the student has already received credit. A minimum 2.0 grade point average in at least 12 units completed at Irvine Valley College is required to attempt credit by examination. Units earned through credit by examination will not be counted in determining the 12 semester units required in residence for graduation.

The procedures for securing permission to obtain Credit by Examination for a specific course are as follows: 

  1. The student submits a Credit by Examination petition form to the Office of Admissions and Records, where eligibility will be determined. Petitions are available at the Office of Admissions and Records.
  2. The student contacts an instructor who teaches the course for which Credit by Examination is requested. If it is the judgment of the instructor that the course content can be tested by examination and that the student possesses sufficient background, previous training and/or skills to attempt the examination, the instructor signs the form.
  3. The student, following policies and procedures developed within the school, obtains the approval of the appropriate instructional dean.
  4. Following approval from the dean, the request is forwarded to the Vice President for Instruction for final approval. (The Vice President for Instruction will forward the approved petition to the Office of Admissions and Records.)
  5. The initiating instructor prepares, administers, and grades the examination. The instructor must forward the grade to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  6. A grade of Pass (“P”) or No Pass (“NP”) will be assigned, and the course will be identified as “Credit by Examination” on the student’s transcript.
  7. The student will pay for the course for which Credit by Exam is obtained.