Why not earn credit for what you already know? Just think, you could take one of the exams below and skip the class!
National Standardized Exams
You may earn credits toward your degree through one of these standardized tests which measure how well you have mastered the content and skills of your course. With a successful score, you may receive college credits!
Who: High school students typically take the AP Exam. Many students prepare by taking an AP-approved high school course. (If you’re not a high school student, please contact a local high school to see if the school could accommodate you.)
What: See list of NWTC courses for which you can earn credit through AP Exams.
When: AP Exam is only offered in May. See the full list of exam dates.
Where: If you’re a high school student, contact your guidance counselor or contact AP Services for Students (email@example.com) to get the names and contact information of local AP coordinators. (If you’re not a high school student, please contact a local high school to see if the school could accommodate you.)
Cost: See current exam fees.
- Who: Students who have taken the GED® 2014 exam and received a score of 175 or higher in the Mathematics and/or Reasoning through Language Arts subject tests.
- What: Contact us to find which courses you can earn credit through GED® 2014 completion.
- When: GED® subject tests can be completed at NWTC’s Assessment Center. Students must create an account through www.GED.com, and register for testing sessions through that website. Testing sessions are open weekly, year-round. At successful completion of the GED® and evidence, per the Official GED® Transcript, of scores of 175+ in Mathematics and/or Reasoning through Language Arts, students can process GED® for CPL through NWTC College Admissions and Enrollment. GED® test scores are accepted going back to January 2014.
- Where: If you are a GED® Completer, contact NWTC Admissions and Enrollment to process your GED® as CPL.
- Cost: The cost, per each of the four subject tests, is $33.75. Learn more about the cost of the GED 2014 exam.
Who: Students ages 16-19 who attend a high school that is approved to offer IB programming. Many students prepare for the exam by taking an IB-approved high school course.
What: See list of NWTC courses for which you can earn credit through IB Exams.
When: See exam dates.
Where: Contact your high school guidance counselor to find a test center.
Cost: Contact your high school guidance counselor for more information.
More About National Standardized Exams
Credit can only be awarded if the course has not already been taken or transferred from another institution.
A passing grade on the exam results in the awarding of the appropriate number of credits.
Make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss further.
Cost varies by exam. See links above.
NWTC Credit by Exam
You can may also earn college credit through NWTC Credit by Exams which are developed by NWTC faculty members and cover course competencies. To be eligible to take a Credit by Exam, you must be in good credit standing with the College and accepted into an associate degree, technical diploma, or certificate. You may take one NWTC Credit by Exam for each of your courses (per catalog number) each academic year (e.g., 2017-2018 academic year = June 1, 2017- May 31, 2018).
Cost: $50.00 per course
- Fees are non-refundable regardless of exam outcome and cannot be applied to the cost of future tuition, nor eligible for financial aid
- If two types of credit for prior learning methods are required for one course, the student will only be charged the higher fee of the two.
How to Test Out of a Course
Find a CPL eligible course and view course outcomes..
Schedule a CPL consultation.
Apply and pay the CPL fee.
Within a few business days, the CPL Coordinator will notify you your exam is available.
Go to the NWTC Assessment Center to take the exam within three weeks. Bring your student ID!
You may also choose to take the Credit by Exam at one of our regional learning campuses. Please notify the CPL Coordinator.
The exam will be scored within two weeks; you will be notified via e-mail if you have passed or failed the exam. A minimum score of 80% is required to pass.
If you have passed the exam, your transcript is updated with "EX" grade and will not affect your GPA.
Credit by Exam Enrolled Process
Students enrolled in a course in which they would like to test out must follow the deadlines below for the term they are enrolled in the course. Students who successfully pass the credit for prior learning assessment by the dates specified will be withdrawn from a course, and may qualify for a tuition refund. As a withdrawal from a course may affect a student's financial aid reward, NWTC encourages students to meet with their academic advisor to discuss how credit for prior learning may alter their course load and find additional courses needed to retain their financial aid status.
Students seeking to test out of a course that has a portfolio or skills demonstration assessment should allot for the time associated with these assessments to meet the deadlines. For this reason, we advise students seeking credit for prior learning with portfolio or skills demonstration options begin the process at least eight weeks prior to the start of the term.
Fall 2017 Enrolled CPL Deadlines
- Last date to request a CPL consultation: 09/05/2017
- Last date to register and pay for CPL (if enrolled): 09/06/2017
- Last date to complete CPL assessment (if enrolled): 09/08/2017
- Instructor to submit grade by: 09/13/2017
- If awarded, CPL to be posted to student transcript and student withdrawn from course by 09/14/2017