2021-2022 Catalog 
    Mar 22, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit by Examination - post secondary specific course credit

College Examinations - The procedures for securing permission to obtain Post-Secondary Credit by Examination for a course are as follows:

1. The course appears in a current catalog for the District’s colleges, and the currently enrolled student has not received previous high school or college credit, attempted credit by examination, or has never enrolled in the course for which Credit by Exam is being requested. Additionally, the course should be one in which the course content can be tested by examination, in the opinion of the department and of the instructor assigned. A student may not receive credit by examination for any course which is a prerequisite to one for which credit has been received. 

2. The student obtains a Credit by Examination petition form from the Office of Admissions and Records. 

3. The student contacts an instructor who teaches the course for which Credit by Examination is requested.  If it is the judgment of that instructor that the course content can be tested by examination, and that the student possesses sufficient background, previous training and/or skill to attempt the examination, the instructor signs the form.

4. The student, following policies and procedures developed within the department, obtains the signature of the division/school dean.

5. Following division/school endorsement, the request is forwarded to the Vice President of Instruction for signature. 

6. The initiating instructor prepares, administers and grades the examination.

7. A grade of Pass (P) or No Pass (NP) will be assigned and the course will be identified as “Credit by Examination” on the transcript.  Once assigned, a grade is not reversible.

8. The student will pay the enrollment fee for the course for which Credit by Exam is obtained. 


High school students may be granted college credit pursuant to established CTE articulation agreements between the high school or Regional Occupation Program (ROP) and the applicable college.

The student will apply online to one of the colleges in the SOCCCD. There is no requirement to be currently registered to receive credit.

A letter grade may be assigned and the course will be identified as “Credit by Examination” on the transcript in accordance with official grading assignment on the Course Outline of Record (COR).  Once assigned, a grade is not reversible, and the course is non-repeatable (see Course Repeatability and Repetition policy).

The enrollment fee for credit by examination will not be charged for credit awarded under this provision.

Students who are unsuccessful in obtaining a standard grade of B or better will not be allowed to petition for credit and no record of the attempt for credit by examination will appear on a student’s transcript. 

Note: Students should be aware that some universities will not recognize credit earned through credit by examination for languages other than English in which they have received formal schooling in that language.