Credit by Examination

Individual departments and/or specialty areas may elect to grant course credit to enable students, who can demonstrate proficiency in bodies of subject matter, to plan a relevant educational program that will exclude courses in which essential levels of mastery of subject matter material have been previously attained. Credits acquired by examination are not applicable to meet unit load requirements for Selective Service deferment, Veteran’s or Social Security benefits.

The examination shall include written, oral, skill tests, portfolio review or a combination of the aforementioned as determined appropriate by the department faculty.

Credits acquired by examination shall not be counted in determining the 12 semester hours of credit in residence required for an associate degree.

Credit by Examination shall be recorded on the permanent transcript record and shall be designated as credit earned by examination.

Students may earn a maximum of 12 units through district administered “Credit by Exam.”

Locally Administered Examination

Citrus College may grant students course credit through district-administered examinations under the following conditions:

  • The student is currently enrolled at Citrus College.
  • The student’s overall GPA in all college units attempted at Citrus College is 2.0 or higher.
  • The student may not be currently enrolled (beyond the census date) in the same course.
  • The student may not be currently enrolled in a more advanced course.
  • The student has not already received credit for a more advanced course which follows the course in sequence. The student has not previously attempted credit by exam for this course.
  • The course is listed in the college catalog.
  • The course has been approved by the Curriculum Committee for “Credit by Examination” or is a high school articulated course.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The District will grant up to six (6) units area, subject, or elective credit for a score of 50 or above in a general examination of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board.

A student may be granted no more than 30 units through any combination of credit by examination (AP, CLEP, IB or local examinations) and evaluation of military service or other non-classroom experiences.

Articulated Career Technical Education Course Credit

A high school student may be issued Career Technical Education (CTE) course credit under the following conditions:

  • An Institutional Articulation Agreement is in place between the college and the unified school district (USD)/ regional occupational program (ROP)
  • A course-to-course articulation agreement has been approved by faculty and the course assessment has been administered as authorized
  • Instructional personnel responsible for the course have completed, and submitted, documentation and grade within 90 days of the administration of the exam
  • The student earned a grade of B or better on the authorized exam
  • The student is registered at the college beyond the census date in at least one course and within nine months of exam administration

Institutional and course-to-course articulation agreements, secondary course rosters/assessment results and CTE course credit documents are administered by the division dean responsible for Articulated Career Technical Education course credit/Tech Prep. Documentation that verifies the earning of credit by exam will be provided to Admissions and Records in a timely manner.

Ultimately, the transcript of the student registered at the college will reflect the awarding of credit during the semester it was earned.

Courses Taken at Other Colleges

Academic credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions may be evaluated at the time of a student’s initial enrollment at Citrus College. It is therefore important that the student request official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. These transcripts should be sent to the Admissions and Records Office.

A student who has taken coursework at institutions of higher learning outside of the United States and who wishes to have that coursework considered toward his/her educational goal at Citrus College must have the academic credentials evaluated by a bonafide independent evaluating agency. A list of recommended agencies is available in the Admissions and Records Office.

Externally Administered Examination

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students may earn credit for externally administered examinations under the following guidelines:

The student must be currently enrolled to receive externally administered credit by exam.

  • Advanced Placement
    The District will grant three to six (3-6) units of area or elective credit for an examination score of three, four or five (3, 4 or 5) in subjects of the Advanced Placement (AP) program of the College Entrance Examination Board.
  • International Baccalaureate
    The District will grant three to four (3-4) units of area of elective credit for an examination score of five, six or seven (5, 6 or 7), in the subjects of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level exams. Subject credit rather than elective credit may be granted upon recommendation of the department.
  • Credit Through the College Level Examination Program
    The District will grant up to six (6) units area, subject, or elective credit for a score of 50 or above in a General Examination of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board.

A student may be granted no more than 30 units through any combination of credit by examination (AP, CLEP, IB or local examinations) and evaluation of military service or other non- classroom experiences.