Mar 07, 2021  
2020-2021 NOVA Catalog 
    
2020-2021 NOVA Catalog

CPL: Section 7-Credit Earned from other Exams


Arbitur Exam
Certified Manager (CM) Program Exam
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests & Exams (DSST)​
Excelsior College Examinations

Certification of Computing Professionals: ACP & CCP Exams
New York University (NYU) Foreign Language Proficiency Exams​
SAT Subject Tests​
Student Development (SDV) Able Exam

Credit Earned from other Exams

General Information

Northern Virginia Community College grants college credit for certain selected national exams listed in this section. In addition, NOVA works to align CPL policies in accordance with the recommendations of the ACE College Credit Recommendation.   In addition to the ACE recommendations, NOVA faculty must review standardized examinations and make clear recommendations about specific NOVA courses to which the underlying passing exam is equivalent. The following additional exams are eligible for college credit.   If you do not see an exam listed here or in other sections of the CPL Manual, please consult the Credit for Prior Learning Committee for more information on how to have the exam reviewed for credit.

Arbitur Exam

Abitur exams are college preparatory instruments designed to measure a student’s command of introductory level college material. NOVA currently recognizes the following Abitur Exams and will reward credit for the scores designated in the chart below.

Name of Arbitur Exam
Required Score
NOVA Equivalent 
Credit(s) Earned
Biology 3 or higher BIO 101  and BIO 102   8
Chemistry 3 or higher CHM 111  and CHM 112   8
French  3 or higher FRE 211   3
History 3 or higher HIS Elective 3
Physics 3 or higher PHY 101  and PHY 102   8
Social Studies 3 or higher HIS 101   3

 

Certified Manager (CM) Program Exam

The Certified Manager (CM) Program is sponsored by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers and founded by the National Management Association. The Institute is a business center of the College of Business at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Credit for prior learning is available effective Spring 2006, for students who take the exam and meet the following conditions reflected in the chart.

Name of Exam
Required Score
NOVA Equivalent
Credit(s) Earned
Certified Professional Manager Exam Passing Score BUS 200   3

 

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests & Exams (DSST)

Administered by Prometric, DSST Exams (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) were created under the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program to provide college credit to military service members.  In 2006, these exams were made available to military and civilian examinees. NOVA awards specific course credit to students who pass DSST exams with a minimum score of 400, as recommended by the American Council on Education. The attached table overviews the DSST Exams NOVA recognizes, the minimum score requirement and the NOVA equivalent and credits earned for the appropriate score.  A complete listing of current and prior tests can be found at http://getcollegecredit.com.  Requests for credit for DSST Exams not shown here should be made to Credit for Prior Learning Committee. 

Name of DSST Exam
Required Score
NOVA Equivalent 
Credit(s) Earned
Art of Western World 400 ART Elective 3
Astronomy 400 NAS Elective 3
Business Mathematics 400 BUS 125   3
Environment and Humanity: Race to Save the Planet 400 ENV Elective  3
Ethics in America 400 PHI Elective 3
Foundations of Education 400 EDU Elective 3
Fundamentals of College Algebra 400 MTH Elective 3
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 HMS Elective 3
General Anthropology 400 SOC 211   3
Here’s to your Health 400 HLT Elective 3
Human/Cultural Geography 400 GEO 210   3
Human Resource Management 400 BUS 205   3
Introduction to Business 400 BUS 100   3
Introduction to Computing 400 ITE 100   3
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 ADJ 110   3
Introduction to World Religion 400 REL 231   3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 PSY 230    
Management Information System 400 IT Elective 3
Money and Banking 400 ECO Elective 3
Organizational Behavior 400 BUS 201   3
Personal Finance 400 FIN 107   3
Principles of Finance 400 FIN Elective  3
Principles of Physical Science I 400 PHY Elective 3
Principles of Public Speaking 400 CST 100   3
Principles of Statistics 400 MTH 245   3
Principles of Supervision 400 BUS 111   3
Rise and Fall of Soviet Union 400 HIS Elective 3
Technical Writing 400 ENG 115   3

 

Excelsior College and UExcel Examinations

NOVA recognizes the Excelsior College and UExcel Examinations, formerly known as ACT Proficiency Exam Program (PEP). Credit is granted in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education National Guide at http://www2.acenet.edu/credit

 

Certification of Computing Professionals: ACP & CCP Exams

NOVA provides credit for students who provide an ACE transcript showing that they have successfully completed the Associate Computing Professional (ACP) Exam or the Certified Computing Professional (CCP) Exam within the past 10 years.  If both exams have been passed, no more than 9 credits of IT Electives can be awarded overall.

Name of Exam
Required Grade
NOVA Equivalent
Credit(s) Earned
Certified Computing Professional Exam Passing
(documented on ACE Transcript)
ITE 100 
ITP 100  

ITD, ITE, ITN or ITP 100 
Level Electives
3
3

6
Associate Computer Professional Exam Passing
(documented on ACE Transcript)
ITE 100  
ITP 100 

ITD, ITE, ITN, or ITP 100
Level Electives 
3
3

9

 

New York University (NYU) Foreign Language Proficiency Exams

NOVA awards credit for students who have completed NYU’s Foreign Language Proficiency Exams.  This option is intended for students who were educated in a language other than English and they wish to earn college credit for their native language. NOVA will accept the 12-Point exam at six credits for World Language 201 and 202. Scoring for this test can take up to eight weeks and the scores are valid for five years. Students must take the exam at a designated location in the United States if not taking it at NYU.   Credit is awarded based on ACTFL ratings. Students take a 12-point exam that tests listening, reading, and writing skills. Students are given two hours to complete the entire 12-point exam.   A score of at least 7 -9 points (Intermediate-Mid) may receive 3 credits for level 201.   A score of 10 -12 points (Intermediate-High) may receive 6 credits for levels 201 and 202.
More information can be found at NYU website.

 

SAT Subject Tests

NOVA provides credit for prior to students for successful completion of the listed SAT Subject Exams. Test scores must be presented directly to a Student Services Center at NOVA.
 

Name of SAT Subject Test
Score
NOVA Equivalent
Credit(s) Earned
French 560-619 FRE 201   3
620 or above FRE 201  and FRE 202   6
German 560-619 GER 201   3
620 or above GER 201  and GER 202   6
Latin 560-619 LAT 201   3
620 or above LAT 201  and LAT 202   6
Spanish 560-619 SPA 201   3
620- or above SPA 201  and SPA 202   6
U.S. History 530 or above HIS Elective 3

 

Student Development (SDV) Able Exam

First-time college students are required to complete SDV 100 or another 1-credit SDV course required in their program. The SDV ABLE Exam is a formative assessment of the course content of SDV 100.  Students who earn a passing score on the SDV ABLE Exam are eligible to receive one credit for SDV 100 without taking the course.  Students who have attempted an SDV class and received a grade of A-F are not eligible to take the exam.  First-time college students (age 17-24) are not eligible to take the exam.  Dual enrollment and Pathway to the Baccalaureate students are not eligible to take the exam. The SDV ABLE Exam is available at NOVA Testing Centers. 

 

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