Credit for prior learning updates

This update has been created for new K-State students, parents of new K-State students and regional educators.

A number of changes are occurring regarding advanced credit for the Summer 2017 term and future terms at Kansas State University.

Universal updates regardless of test type

  1. Advanced credit awarded for exams will no longer be calculated in the K-State GPA. This is inclusive of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CLEP, and DANTES/DSST.

  2. Letter grades will no longer be associated with Advanced Credit. All Advanced Credit exams will be marked EP for Exam Pass if the required score is received by the student. This designation assures compliance with University policy and tracking of exam credit as required by the Higher Learning Commission accrediting body.

  3. Students may use credit for prior learning, which includes Advanced Credit exams and military credit, to satisfy no more than 25% of credit hour degree requirements.

  4. Significant changes were made to required scores and course credits awarded between 2016 and 2017. For traditional freshmen starting K-State Summer 2017 or after, this means that the 2015-16 table of scores and course credit will be used for exams taken at the end of the junior year. The 2016-2017 table of scores and course credit will be used for exams taken at the end of the senior year.  View the website for test score credit details.

  5. The Kansas Board of Regents has charged its system schools to accept Advanced Credit from all Regents’ Universities. Transcript practices are still being developed by the Registrar at each school. K-State will apply exam credit if required details are clearly displayed on official Kansas Regent’s University transcripts received by K-State. Students from all other institutions will be required to send official scores. 

Additional notes by subject and test type

Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages has modified the courses for which credit will be awarded for Advanced Placement, CLEP and International Baccalaureate exams. This better aligns with the awarding practices of our peers. View the website for test score credit details.

Advanced Placement

Through a collaborative effort of the Kansas Board of Regents Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, a 6-school agreement was reached concerning Advanced Placement credit, including the required scores for each test. View the website for test score credit details.

The following test subjects will require a score higher than 3.

  • Art History will now require a 4 or higher

  • Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism will now require a 5

  • Physics C – Mechanics will now require a 5

  • Physics 1 will continue to require a 4 or higher

  • Physics 2 will continue to require a 4 or higher

K-State subject areas that previously did not accept a 3 score but now will include:

  • Chinese Language and Culture

  • Japanese Language and Culture

  • English Literature and Composition

  • Government and Politics – Comparative

  • Government and Politics – United States

Score thresholds for past years’ exams will remain as they were assessed at that time. View the website for test score credit details.

CLEP

Beginning July 1, 2017, K-State will follow the ACE recommended scores for credit awarding as described by Senate Bill No. 388 from the 2016 session. In addition, the few subjects that previously required a supplemental exam will now accept the exam only. 

Score thresholds for past years’ exams will remain as they were assessed at that time but supplemental exams are retired for all testing years. View the website for test score credit details.

The following CLEP exams have no equivalent course at K-State and elective credit would not fulfill general education requirements: Financial Accounting, Principles of Marketing, College Composition, College Composition Modular, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Educational Psychology, and College Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

This exam type is impacted by the universal updates numbered above as well as changes to Modern Languages. Score thresholds for past years’ exams otherwise remain unchanged.  View the website for test score credit details.

DSST/DANTES

No significant changes have impacted this exam type other than the universal updates numbered above. Score thresholds for past years’ exams will remain as they were assessed at that time.  View the website for test score credit details.

Questions?

General questions about score receipt or credit application can be answered by the Office of Recruitment and Admissions 785-532-6250.

For questions about policy changes and the changes this year, please ask to speak to Molly McGaughey, Director of Office of Recruitment and Admissions.