Credit by Examination
Chabot College supports the general proposition that the full value of classroom
learning experiences cannot be measured by any examination. Students who have
achieved elsewhere an equivalent knowledge, understanding and experience to
that required by regular college courses may receive units of credit based on
successful completion of a comprehensive and searching course examination administered
by the College. Standardized examinations may be used in specified "licensure"
programs and to determine the appropriate placement of students in a field of
study. The student receiving credit must be registered at the College, in good
academic standing and have paid all applicable fees and/or tuition. The courses
for which credit is allowed must be listed in the Chabot College catalog. The
amount of credit to be granted cannot be greater than that listed for the course
in the catalog. Credit by examination is offered under the provisions of the
California Administrative Code, Title 5.
Comprehensive Examination Administered by the College
- Eligibility - Any student applying for credit by examination
will be expected to have had extensive experiences which have prepared the
person in the subject matter and for which the individual can provide acceptable
evidence of those experiences at the time of application.
- Application and Administration - A petition for completing
a course through credit by examination must be approved by the appropriate
instructor, division dean, and the Vice President of Academic Services. Applicable
fees and/or tuition must be paid at the Office of Admissions & Records.
Arrangements for completing the examination and the actual administration
will be made between the student and the instructor after the petition is
approved. The examination itself may take any appropriate form such as written,
oral, demonstration or a combination of methods.
- Awarding of Credit - Upon completion of the examination,
the administering instructor will verify the course and number of units to
be received and will assign an appropriate grade. Where the student does not
achieve a grade of "C" or better, he or she will be expected to
complete the course in the usual manner.
- The Director of Admissions & Records, or designee, will annotate the
student's transcript to indicate that the credit was granted for the course
in question by examination. This credit by examination coursework may not
be counted as part of the 12-unit residency requirement necessary for graduation
from Chabot College.
- Limitations - Credit cannot be given for a course which
is comparable to a course already credited on the student's secondary school
transcript although an examination in such a course may be given to determine
the level of achievement and the appropriate placement of the student in the
field of study. The amount of credit which may be earned and counted toward
graduation at Chabot College is normally limited to 10 semester units. Under
certain circumstances, advanced placement credit may be awarded to a diploma
graduate in nursing which may include up to 30 semester units (one year) of