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Northwest will accept for credit, courses taken while enrolled in high school under the Dual Enrollment Program as long as the courses are not vocational in nature and follow the State Guidelines for Dual Enrollment Courses issued June 1999. In order to receive credit, the Office of Admissions must receive an official college transcript from the college or university granting the credit. Simply contact the college or university from which your credit was earned and request an official transcript to be sent to Northwest's Office of Admissions.
Advanced Placement (AP) Tests are administered by your high school, and all official test scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions to receive credit. Northwest grants credit only in the following areas, with the required minimum scores:
|Advanced Placement (Northwest Equivalent)||Course Score Required||Hours Granted|
|American Government/Politics* (34-924)||4||3|
|American History (33-905)||4||3|
|Art History (13-102)||3||3|
|Calculus AB (17-120)||4||4|
|Calculus BC (17-120)||3||4|
|Calculus BC (17-120, 17-121)||4||8|
|Chemistry (24-114/115, 24-116/117)||4||9|
|Computer Science A+||Review||Review|
|Computer Science AB+||Review||Review|
|English Language and Comp (10-111)||3||3|
|English Literature and Comp (10-908)||4||3|
|European History (26-103)||4||3|
|French Language (14-131)||3||3|
|French Literature (71-916)||3||3|
|German Language (14-1910||3||3|
|Human Geography (32-101)||3||3|
|Music Theory (19-173)||4||3|
|Music Listening and Literature (19-201)||4||3|
|Physics B (25-110/111)||3||4|
|Physics B (25-110/111, 25-112/113)||4||8|
|Physics C - Mechanics (25-120/121)||3||5|
|Physics C - Mechanics (25-120/121, 25-230/231)||4||10|
|Spanish Language (14-141)||3||3|
|Spanish Literature (71-916)||3||3|
|World History (26-103)||3||3|
* Students are required to take PoIS 34-201 Missouri Politics in order to fulfill the state's requirements for graduation. See page 52 of the 2010-2012 Undergraduate Academic Catalog for Graduation Policies and Requirements.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams may be taken on the Northwest campus at our Assessment Office (660.562.1452) or at any other institutional testing center. Students may not receive credit for any of these exams in subject areas already enrolled in at the college level or in which college credit has already been granted; students may not receive credit for CLEP exams retaken less than six months after the previous exam. For exams taken at other testing agencies, students must supply the Office of Admissions with original score reports from the testing agency in order to receive credit.
|Exam (Northwest College Equivalent)||Criterion Score||Hours Granted|
|Composition and Literature:|
|American Literature (10-908)||50||3|
|Analysis and Interpretation of Literature (10-908)||51||3|
|English Literature (10-908)||49||3|
|History and Social Sciences:|
|American History I - to 1877 (33-905)||49||3|
|American History II - 1865 to Present (33-905)||49||3|
|Introductory Macroeconomics (52-150)||50||3|
|Introductory Microeconomics (52-151)||50||3|
|Western Civilization I (26-102)||50||3|
|Western Civilization II (26-103)||50||3|
|Science and Mathematics:|
|Calculus with Elementary Functions (17-120)||49||4|
|College Algebra (17-118)||48||3|
|College Algebra/Trigonometry (17-118, 17-119)||50||5|
|General Biology (04-102/103)||49||4|
|General Chemistry (24-114/115)||50||4|
|Financial Accounting (51-201)||55||3|
|Principals of Management (54-313)||50||3|
|Communication and Culture I
(Either Spanish (14-141) or French (14-131))
|Communication and Culture II
(Either Spanish (14-142) or French (14-132))
CLEP General exams may be used to fulfill General Education requirements and receive credits, but may not be equated to specific Northwest courses.
|Exam (Northwest Course Equivalent)||Criterion Score||Hours Granted|
|Natural Science (98-911)||50||3|
|Social Science (35-906)||50||3|
Northwest recognizes the rigor of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and is pleased to award students credit for IB courses completed at their high school. Several subjects have been evaluated by academic departments at Northwest and course credit will be awarded to the student if the designated score was achieved. Credit is awarded for higher level examinations only unless otherwise stated. Official score reports must be received directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization.
|Biology HL (04-102/103)||4||4|
|Chemistry HL (24-112/113)||4||4|
|Chemistry HL (24-114/115)||5||4|
|Economics HL (52-150)||5||3|
|English HL (10-111)||3||3|
|English HL (10-111, 10-220)||4||6|
|Foreign Language HL/SL||Review||Review|
|Geography HL (32-101)||5||3|
|History HL (33-115)||4||3|
|History - East & SE Asia & Australia HL (26-104)||4||3|
|History - Europe HL (33-198)||4||3|
|History & Culture of the Islamic World HL (33-370)||4||3|
|History - Americas HL (33-375)||4||3|
|Information Technology in a Global Society HL (44-130)||5||3|
|Math Studies SL (17-118)||4||3|
|Math SL (17-120)||5||3|
|Math HL (17-120, 17-121)||6||6|
|Music HL (19-201)||4||3|
|Philosophy HL (39-171)||4||3|
|Physics HL (25-110, 25-111)||4||4|
|Physics HL (25-110, 25-111, 25-112, 25-113)||5||8|
|Psychology HL (08-103)||4||3|
|Theatre Arts SL (43-101)||4||3|
Departmental test-out differs from Advanced Placement in that the examinations are administered and credit awarded solely by the department, and not through national institutions such as CLEP, ACT, etc. Therefore, the student should contact the department for information on which courses are available for test-out and examination dates.
Policies: Students expecting to test out of a course should not enroll in the course. The student must be enrolled at Northwest for the period during which the test-out is administered and credit is awarded.
The chairperson or dean determines what courses are available for test-out and will arrange for the test-out process in accordance with department policy.
Where a test-out will result in schedule changes, the entire test-out process should be completed before the end of the 100% refund period.
Test-out may not be taken to superseded a "D" or "F" grade. Test-out may be repeated twice in eligible classes, subject to department approval but a period of six months must elapse between testing. A letter grade of "A", "B", "C", or "D" will be assigned.