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Credit by Examination

Credit by Examination

1. Applications for credit by examination may be obtained in the Admissions and Records Office at Santa Ana College.  The student will be advised whether a testing fee is to be charged and where it should be paid.  Applicants must be currently enrolled at the Santa Ana College and be in good standing.

2. The list of courses which may be challenged for credit by examination is available in the division offices at Santa Ana College.

3. Except in the case of Registered Nursing courses, the student must not enroll in a course which is to be challenged. In the event a student decides to challenge a course in which she/he is already enrolled, she/he must withdraw from that course prior to the end of the second week of Instruction.

4. Credit may be earned only for courses that are: 1) currently listed in the catalog, and 2) specifically designated by the appropriate dean as courses that are eligible for credit by examination. A student may attempt credit by examination only once in a particular course.

5. Students should be aware that some divisions offer credit by examination only on specific dates; therefore, students should obtain examination schedules from the appropriate offices as early in the semester as possible.

6. The dean, in consultation with the department involved, will determine whether a departmental or a standardized examination is to be administered and when and where it will be administered. At this same time, the student will be given a course outline and any other pertinent information detailing subject matter requirements of the course being challenged.

7. Students may apply for credit by examination in sequential course, but may take examinations for the courses having prerequisites in the sequence only if credit has been earned by examination or coursework in the earlier course(s) of the sequence. Grading of the examination is on a pass/no pass basis. Pass represents a grade of "C" or better and will be shown on the transcript as "credit by examination".

8. Grades less than "C" will be reported to the college Admissions and Records Office but will not be recorded on the transcript. "Pass" grades will be computed as units earned but will not be counted in the grade point average.

9. The examiner shall transmit examination results to the Santa Ana College division office. The division dean will review the examination results and will transmit this information to the Admissions and Records Office.

10. Units for which P is given in this category will not be counted in determining the 12 semester hours of credit residence required for a certificate or an associate degree.

Santa Ana College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: