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Academic Information- Transfer Credit Advanced Standing

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Germanna Community College believes that a student's prior college-level learning and experience can be recognized and applied to their program of study, potentially saving time and money. Credit awarded through Advanced Standing is only applicable towards curriculum requirements at Germanna Community College and does not fulfill the College's residency requirement. If a student plans to transfer, it is critical that the student work with their faculty advisor and/or counselor with regard to the transfer policies at the destination school. Advanced Standing, through the awarding of credit toward specific curricular requirements, may be obtained in the following ways:

Transfer Credit:

Coursework transferred to Germanna Community College must represent collegiate coursework applicable to the student’s curriculum, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in Germanna’s curricula. Collegiate coursework from regionally accredited institutions typically meets the above criteria.
No credit will be given for courses with grades lower than “C.” Technical and computer classes taken more than five years ago will not be accepted for transfer credits.

Credit by Exam:

Credit may be awarded for the successful completion of certain nationally recognized exams such as Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) as well as approved institutionally developed challenge exams known as ABLE exams (Assessment by Local Examination).

Germanna Community College recognizes the rigor of the College Board AP exams and adheres to the policy established by the VCCS and awards credit in line with the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines. Course credit is awarded for specific AP exams with a score of 3, 4 or 5. Students should request an official score report be sent from the College Board (http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores) to: Office of Admissions & Records, Germanna Community College, 2130 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Please direct inquiries for evaluation of credit to 540-423-9158. Please see the chart/link below for a listing of specific exams and course equivalencies.

A P Examination Equated GCC Courses Credit

Art History

ART 101-102

6

Chemistry

CHM 111-112

8

Calculus AB

MTH 173

5

Calculus BC

MTH 173-174

10

Comparative Government and Politics

PLS EEE

3

Computer Science A

CSC 201

3

Computer Science AB

CSC 201-202

8

Economics (Macro)

ECO 201

3

Economics (Micro)

ECO 202

3

English Language & Composition

ENG 111-112

6

English Literature & Composition

ENG 111-112

6

Environmental Science

ENV 136

3

European History

HIS 101-102

6

Foreign Language

201-202

6

General Biology

BIO 101-102

8

Government & Politics: US

PLS 211

3

Human Geography

GEO 210

3

Physics B

PHY 201-202

8

Psychology

PSY 200

3

Statistics

MTH 240

3

US History

HIS 121-122

6

World History

HIS 111-112

6

Germanna Community College accepts many of the College Board’s CLEP tests and follows the policy established by the VCCS and awards credit in line with the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines. Students should request an official score report be sent from the College Board (http://clep.collegeboard.org/) to: Office of Admissions & Records, Germanna Community College, 2130 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Please direct inquiries for evaluation of credit to 540-423-9158. Please see the chart/link below for a listing of specific CLEP tests and course equivalencies.

Business

CLEP Test Title Required Score Equivalent Course Credit Granted

Financial Accounting

50

ACC 211

3

Introductory Business Law

50

BUS 241

3

Principles of Management

50

BUS 200

3

Principles of Marketing

50

MKT 100

3

*Credit will not be awarded for this examination if the exam was administered more than 5 years ago.

College Composition and Literature

CLEP Test Title Required Score Equivalent Course Credit Granted

American Literature

50

ENG 241-242

6

College Composition

50

ENG 111

3

College Composition Modular

Not Accepted

No Equivalent

0

English Composition with Essay**

50

ENG 111

3

English Literature

50

ENG 243-244

6

Freshman College Composition**

50

ENG 111

3

Humanities

50

HUM 201-202

6

**Test titles are no longer available but will receive credit.

History and Social Sciences

CLEP Test Title Required Score Equivalent Course Credit Granted

American Government

50

PLS 211

3

American History I**

50

HIS 121

3

American History II**

50

HIS 122

3

History of the US I: Early Colonization to 1877

50

HIS 121

3

History of the US II: 1865 to Present

50

HIS 122

3

Human Growth and Development

50

PSY 230

3

Intro to Psychology

50

PSY 200

3

Intro to Sociology

50

SOC 200

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

ECO 201

3

Principles of Microeconomics

50

ECO 202

3

Western Civilization I

50

HIS 101

3

Western Civilization II

50

HIS 102

3

**Test titles are no longer available but will receive credit.

Sciences and Mathematics

CLEP Test Title Required Score Equivalent Course Credit Granted

Biology

50

BIO 101-102

8

Calculus

50

MTH 173

5

Chemistry

50

CHM 111-112

8

College Algebra

50

MTH 163

3

College Mathematics

50

MTH 151-152

6

Precalculus

50

MTH 164

3

Trigonometry**

50

MTH 164

3

**Test titles are no longer available but will receive credit.

World Languages

CLEP Test Title Required Score Level 1 Required Score Level 2 Equivalent Courses Level 1 Equivalent Courses Level 2 Credit Granted Level 1 Credit Granted Level 2

 

1

2

1

2

1

2

French Language

50

59

8

14

FRE 101-102

FRE 101, 102, 201, 202

German Language

50

60

8

14

GER 101-102

GER 101, 102, 201, 202

Spanish Language

50

63

8

14

SPA 101-102

SPA 101, 102, 201, 202

Germanna Community College recognizes the quality of the International Baccalaureate Program and follows the policy established by the VCCS and awards credit on a course-by-course basis. Course credit will be given for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the higher level (HL) examinations. No credit will be awarded solely for earning a Diploma, for the results of any standard level examinations, or for scores below 5 on higher-level examinations. Students should request an official score report be sent from the IBO (http://www.ibo.org/iba/transcripts/) to: Office of Admissions & Records, Germanna Community College, 2130 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Please direct inquiries for evaluation of credit to 540-423-9158. Please see the chart/link below for the specific IB exams and course equivalencies.

IB HL Exam GCC Course Credits

Biology

BIO 101-102

8

Chemistry

CHM 111-112

8

Economics

ECO 120

3

English A1 or B

ENG 111

3

French A1 or B

FRE 201-202

6

History

HIS 101

3

Mathematics

MTH 173

5

Physics

PHY 201-202

8

Psychology

PSY 200

3

Spanish A1 or B

SPA 201-202

6

Visual Arts

ART 131

4

Assessment by Local Exam (ABLE)

Using exams prepared by GCC faculty, Assessment by Local Exam (ABLE) allows students to receive credit for courses by demonstrating they have acquired the competencies through prior education or other experiences. In most cases, students must contact the department offering the exam to determine if they are qualified to take the exam; they may have to meet certain background requirements in order to qualify.

There is no charge for ABLE exams or for having credit recorded on the student’s permanent record. Credits earned through ABLE exams do not count toward the College residency requirement and may or may not transfer to other institutions of higher education.

Currently GCC has one ABLE exam. The Student Development Assessment by Local Exam (SDV ABLE) allows students to receive one credit for the SDV course requirement by demonstrating they have acquired the competencies through prior education or other experiences. The Advanced Standing option includes two parts: (1) the SDV ABLE EXAM on content covered in the SDV 100 course; and (2) the completion of a receipt form with signature acknowledging the student has received a copy of the College’s Student Handbook. To be eligible to take the SDV ABLE Exam option, students must be transferring into Germanna from another accredited institution of higher education with a minimum of 24 credits but with no completed degree. Students must meet additional criteria as well, so students should contact the Coordinator of Counseling in the Counseling Centers at either Fredericksburg Area Campus or Locust Grove Campus in order to determine eligibility for this option.

ABLE Exam Course Credits

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

Credit for Military Training:

Credit may be awarded for military training and experience as recommended by ACE (A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Military-Guide-Online.aspx) as those credits fit into the specific curriculum selected by the student. Students must request a review of their military training and experience be transcribed through the Joint Services Transcript (link will be available in March this becomes effective March 31, 2013) and send it to: Office of Admissions & Records, Germanna Community College, 2130 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Please direct inquiries for evaluation of credit to 540-423-9158.

Credit for Other Courses:

Credit may be awarded for courses that do not meet the College’s normal criteria for transfer in accordance with established articulation agreements or as recommended by the ACE typically in the applied degree programs. Such courses could include police academy training, American Institute of Banking course, emergency medical and paramedic certifications, fire science, nursing, and police science, etc. To obtain transfer credit or advanced standing, students must request that official documentation be forwarded directly from the issuing institution to: Office of Admissions & Records, Germanna Community College, and 2130 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Please direct inquiries for evaluation of credit to 540-423-9158.