UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2024-2025

Policies and Procedures by Keyword: Exams

Academic Credit for Prior Learning, Knowledge, and Experience

Students may challenge courses designated by departments to receive credit through extensive professional experience or learning acquired outside formal, higher education. Departments choose appropriate methodologies for experiential learning course credit. These may include, but are not limited to, written examinations, portfolios, personal interviews, demonstrations and/or other means of assessment. Currently, CSUN departments facilitate this process …

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

CSUN grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit. Students should have their official AP course transcripts and test scores sent to …

Chemistry Placement Test (CPT)

The Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is a CSUN Department exam used to determine eligibility for enrollment in CHEM 101 or CHEM 107. Students who are planning to enroll in CHEM 101 or CHEM 107 must satisfy one of the following requirements prior to registration: Satisfactory score of 32* or higher on the CSUN CPT taken …

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of examinations that test college-level knowledge gained through professional development, on-the-job training, the military, etc. CLEP affords participants an opportunity to obtain college credit, satisfy course prerequisites or meet general requirements by examination. Students attending CSUN should review the required CLEP scores for meeting course equivalencies in …

Final Examination Policy

In lecture courses, no final examination may be scheduled by an instructor prior to the regularly scheduled time. Any student who finds it impossible to take a final examination on the date scheduled must make arrangements in advance with the instructor either to take the examination at another time prior to the deadline for reporting …

Graduate Foreign Language Reading Examination Policy

When competency in a foreign language is a departmental requirement, students may demonstrate competency in one of three ways: Passing the Graduate Foreign Language Examination (Princeton Examination), Passing a departmental examination. The examination is given by the Department of Foreign Languages in the fifth week of each semester. Candidates who plan to take this examination should notify the …

International Baccalaureate (IB) Examination Credit

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses designated as Honors Courses on the UC/CSU “a-g” college preparatory subjects list are awarded extra grade points for computation of the high school GPA. To be awarded advanced standing credit for successful performance, the IB test must be higher level (HL) and have a score of 4 or higher. IB tests …

Mathematics Diagnostic Test (MDT)

The Department of Mathematics offers the Mathematics Diagnostic Test (MDT) to provide opportunities for STEM students to be placed at the highest possible level in their calculus sequence, and it is also utilized to determine the appropriate course level for non-STEM students who change their major to STEM. The MDT is used to ascertain eligibility …

National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Credit

Students in the RN-BSN or the Collaborative programs may automatically receive 15 units of NCLEX credit after: Successfully completing NURS 303 Introduction to Professional Nursing. Proof of passing the NCLEX examination as demonstrated via verification through the Department of Consumer Affairs License Search, or the candidate’s state equivalent.

Restrictions on Examination Credit

No credit for any examinations will be awarded to a student who has: Taken the examination previously within the past term. Earned equivalent credit through regular coursework, credit by another examination or other instructional processes, such as correspondence. Earned credit previously at a level more advanced than that represented by the examination in question. Credit …

Test and Other Admission Requirements

English Language Requirement All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction, must present a score of 61 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign …