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2013-2014 Walden University Student Handbook (Sept. 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Credit by Examination


 Return to: Prior Learning Credit 

The university is a member of DANTES (the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) and allows students the option of credit by examination.

  1. Retaking an examination may occur only one time per subject.
  2. A 6-month waiting period must be completed before retaking an examination.
  3. Credits earned by examination will be officially awarded after a student has successfully completed a minimum of 10 hours with Walden.
  4. The fee for challenging a course through credit by examination is paid to the third-party testing organization upon application for the examination and is non-refundable.
  5. No more than 6 courses can be awarded for credit by examination.

Third-party credit by examination alternatives
 

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

 
 
  • Tests are given at CLEP testing centers.
  • Costs include an examination fee plus the purchase of any textbooks or review materials.
  • Students must achieve a minimum score of 50 on a CLEP exam to receive credit for a course.
  • Walden will accept essay or non-essay versions of the CLEP English Composition Exam.
  • Walden will award one course per CLEP exam passed.
  • The cost of these exams is the responsibility of the student.
  • Specific costs, examination subject matter, and sample exams can be found on the CLEP website.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

 
 
  • Tests are given at Thomson Prometric testing centers located in the U.S. and internationally. Internet-based testing is available on-site.
  • Costs include an examination fee plus the purchase of any textbooks or review materials.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C on a DSST exam to receive credit for a course.
  • Walden will award one course per DSST exam passed.
  • The cost of these exams is the responsibility of the student.
  • Additional information can be found on the DANTES/DSST website.

Excelsior College Examinations

 
 
  • Tests are given at Pearson Professional Centers located in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Costs include an examination fee plus the purchase of any textbooks or review materials.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C on an Excelsior exam to receive credit for a course.
  • Walden will award credit for one course for per Excelsior exam passed.
  • The cost of these exams is the responsibility of the student.
  • Additional information can be found on the Excelsior website.

Credit-by-Examination Equivalents for General Education Courses

   
Course CLEP DSST Excelsior
BIOL 1001
Introduction to Biology
Biology*    
CHEM 1001
Introduction to Chemistry
Chemistry*    
ENGL 0099
Academic Writing Fundamentals
    College Writing
ENGL 1001
English Composition
English Composition (Optional essay section or exam)   English Composition
ENGL 2001
Introduction to Literature
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature*
(Optional essay section or exam)
   
ISYS 1001
Computer Information Fluency
  Introduction to Computing  
MATH 1001
College Algebra
College Algebra Fundamentals of College Algebra  
MATH 1002
Applied Math
College Mathematics    
NASC 1001
Environmental Science
  Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet  
PHIL 1001
Introduction to Philosophy
     
PHIL 2001
Ethics
  Ethics in America Ethics: Theory and Practice
PHSC 1001
Earth Science
    Earth Science
POLI 1001
American Government
American Government    
PSYC 1001
Introduction to Psychology (non-majors only)
Introductory Psychology    
RELG 2001
World Religions
  Introduction to World Religions Religions of the World
SOCI 1001
Introduction to Sociology
Introductory Sociology    
SOCI 2001
Multicultural Dimensions of Society
    Cultural Diversity

* Covers material usually taught in a two-semester course.

Credit-by-Examination Equivalents for Major Coursework
 

Course CLEP DSST Excelsior
ACCT 1001
Accounting I
Financial Accounting Principles of Financial Accounting  
BUSI 1001
Introduction to Business
Principles of Management Introduction to Business  
BUSI 2001
Business Law
Introductory Business Law    
CAIS 1001
Introduction to Information Systems
Information Systems and Computer Applications Management Information Systems  
ECON 1001
Macroeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics    
ECON 1001
Microeconomics
 Principles of Microeconomics    
EDUC 1001
Introduction to Education
  Fundamentals of Education  
EDUC 1003
Educational Psychology
Introduction to Educational Psychology    
FNCE 3001
Financial Management
  Principles of Finance  
HRMG 3001
Human Resource Management
  Human Resource Management Human Resource Management
MRKT 3001
Marketing
Principles of Marketing    
PSYC 1002
Psychology as a Natural Science
or
PSYC 1003
Psychology as a Social Science
Introductory Psychology    
PSYC 3002
Data Analysis and Presentation
  Principles of Statistics Statistics
PSYC 3003
Methods in Psychological Inquiry
    Research Methods in Psychology
STAT 2001
Statistics
  Principles of Statistics Statistics

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diplomas

Walden University recognizes examinations taken in high school as part of an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

  • Advanced Placement exam grades of 3 or higher are accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate exam grades of 4 or higher are accepted.

Walden will award credit for one course exam taken.

  • No more than 6 courses will be awarded.

Credit-by-Diploma Examination Equivalents for General Education Courses
 

Course Exam Topic Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate
BIOL 1001 Biology X X
CHEM 1001 Chemistry X X
ECON 1001 Economics X X
ENGL 1001 English Language X X
ENGL 2001 English Literature X  
NASC 1001 Environmental Science X  
GEOG 1001 Geography   X
MATH 1002 Mathematics   X
PHIL 1001 Philosophy   X
PSYC 1001 (non-majors) or PSYC 1002 (majors) Psychology X X
STAT 2001 or PSYC 3002 Statistics X  
ARTS 1001 Visual Arts   X