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Dual Credit & Credit by Examination

Dual Credit | AP | CLEP | IB Credit | Test Out | A Levels

Dual Credit Courses (Transferred To Northwest)

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)

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 RequiredHours Granted
American Government/Politics (34-924) 4 3
American History (33-905) 4 3
Art History (13-102) 3 3
Biology (04-102/103) 3 4
Calculus AB (17-120) 4 4
Calculus BC (17-120) 3 4
Calculus BC (17-120, 17-121) 4 8
Chemistry (24-114/115) 3 4
Chemistry (24-114/115, 24-116/117) 4 9
Comparative Politics (34-310) 4 3
Computer Science A+ Review Review
Computer Science Principles (44-101) 4 3
Drawing (13-920) 3 3
English Language and Comp (10-111) 3 3
English Literature and Comp (10-908) 4 3
Environmental Science (04-920) 3 4
European History (26-103) 4 3
French Language (14-131) 3 3
French Literature (90-916) 3 3
German Language (90-916) 3 3
Human Geography (32-101) 3 3
Latin (90-916) 3 3
Macroeconomics (52-150) 3 3
Microeconomics (52-151) 3 3
Music Theory (19-910) 4 3
Music Listening and Literature (19-201) 4 3
Physics 1 (25-110/111) 3 4
Physics 2 (25-112/113) 3 4
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
Psychology (08-103) 4 3
Spanish Language (14-141, 14-142) 3 6
Spanish Language (14-141, 14-142, 14-242) 4 9
Spanish Language (14-141, 14-142, 14-242, 14-243) 5 12
Spanish Literature (90-916) 3 3
Statistics (17-114) 3 3
Studio Art: 2-D Design (13-920) 3 3
Studio Art: 3-D Design (13-920) 3 3
World History (26-103) 3 3

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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 ScoreHours Granted
Composition and Literature:
American Literature (10-908) 50 3
Analysis and Interpretation of Literature (10-908) 51 3
College Composition (10-920) 50 6
English Literature (10-908) 49 3
History and Social Sciences:
American Government (34-924) 55 3
American History I - to 1877 (33-155) 49 3
American History II - 1865 to Present (33-156) 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
Trigonometry (17-119) 54 2
Pre-Calculus (17-117) 50 3
College Algebra/Trigonometry (17-118, 17-119) 50 5
General Biology (04-102/103) 49 4
General Chemistry (24-114/115) 50 4
Business:
Financial Accounting (51-201) 55 3
Principals of Management (54-313) 50 3
Foreign Language:
French (14-131, 14-132) 50 6
French (14-131, 14-132, 14-232 and 14-233) 63 12
Spanish (14-141, 14-142) 50 6
Spanish (14-141, 14-142, 14-242 and 14-243 63 12

CLEP General Examinations

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 ScoreHours Granted
Natural Science (98-911) 50 3
Social Science (35-906) 50 3
Humanities (26-909) 50 3
Mathematics (17-912) 50 3

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

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.

CourseScore
Required
Hours
Granted
Biology HL (04-102/103) 4 4
Chemistry HL (24-112/113) 4 4
Chemistry HL (24-114/115) 5 4
Economics SL (52-130) 4 3
Economics HL (52-150) 5 3
English A: Literature (10-908) 4 3
English A: Language & Literature (10-908) 4 3
English A: Language & Literature (10-908 and 10-111) 5 6
Foreign Language HL/SL Review Review
Further Mathematics (17-920) 4 3
Geography HL (32-101) 4 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
Physics HL (25-110, 25-111) 4 4
Physics HL (25-110, 25-111, 25-112, 25-113) 5 8
Theatre Arts SL (43-101) 4 3
Theatre Arts HL (43-101 and 43-920) 4 5
Visual Arts SL (13-910) 4 3
Visual Arts HL (13-910 and 13-920) 4 6

Test Out Policy

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.

General Education Certificate (GCE) Advanced Level Examinations

This exam is for international students.

Exams must reflect a grade of C or higher on a US grading scale to earn credit.  Only pass credit will be awarded by Northwest, not a grade. Credit is only awarded for A (Advanced)-Level examinations, not for AS (Advanced Subsidiary)-Level. Eight credit hours will be awarded per exam.

Equivalent Course at NorthwestHours
Computers & Mathematics Exam*
CSIS 44-130 Computers Information &Tech 2
CSIS 44-141 Computer Programming I 2
MATH 17-118 College Algebra 2
MATH 17-120 Calculus I 2
Computers Exam*
CSIS 44-130 Computers Information &Tech 4
CSIS 44-141 Computer Programming I 4
Mathematics Exam*
MATH 17-118 College Algebra 4
MATH 17-120 Calculus I 4
Psychology Exam
PSYC 08-103 General Psychology 4
PSYC 08-920 Lower-Level Psychology Elective 4
Sociology Exam
SOC 35-101 General Sociology 4
SOC 35-920 Lower-level Sociology Elective 4
Economics Exam
ECON 52-150 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
ECON 25-151 Principles of Microeconomics 4
Accounting Exam
ACCT 51-201 Accounting I 4
ACCT 51-202 Accounting II 4
Business Studies Exam
MGMT 54-313 Principles of Management 4
MKTG 55-330 Principles of Marketing 4
Chemistry Exam
CHEM 24-114/115 General Chemistry I/Lab 4
CHEM 24-116/117 General Chemistry II/Lab 4
Biology Exam
BIOL 04-102/103 General Biology & Lab 4
BIOL 04-920 Lower-Level Biology Elective 4
Physics Exam
PHYS 25-110/111 General Physics I & Lab 4
PHYS 25-112/113 General Physics II & Lab 4

*Computers and Mathematics can be taken separately or together; credit hours will be adjusted accordingly depending on whether Computers, Mathematics, or Computers & Mathematics exams were completed - totaling 8 credit hours of awarded credit.


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