The intent of credit by examination is to offer a method for students to demonstrate previously mastered competencies and to assist students in completion of educational goals at HCC. Credit awarded by examination at HCC may not transfer to other post-secondary institutions. HCC does not accept credit awarded by departmental examination from other post-secondary institutions.
Students may earn college credit by attaining qualifying scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered by the College Entrance Examination Board, International Baccalaureate (IB), and HCC Departmental Exams.
Credit earned by examination will be placed on the student's HCC transcript after the start of the student's first semester of coursework at HCC. A grade of "CR" will be placed on the transcript but will not be included in calculating grade point average. The credit will count toward a degree at HCC.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) (CLEP Courses)
CLEP is a series of examinations that allow students to show their knowledge in a wide range of subject areas. College credit is awarded for attaining certain scores on selected CLEP examinations. For more information about taking CLEP examinations, visit the CLEP website at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html or contact the Hutchinson Community College Student Success Center at 1-800-289-3501 or locally at 620- 665-3359.
A list of CLEP examinations for which HCC awards credit. Students must request their official transcript of CLEP scores be mailed to the HCC Registrar.
Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) (AP Courses)
AP refers specifically to courses offered in some high schools which are constructed and coordinated under the supervision of the College Entrance Examination Board. Before entering college, the student takes the examination, which is scored by Educational Testing Service. Students must request their official transcript of AP scores be mailed to the HCC Registrar. (Link to AP exams and HCC equivalents )
International Baccalaureate Examinations (IB) (IB Courses)
Hutchinson Community College awards credit to students who have participated in an International Baccalaureate program and have attained examination scores consistent with the guidelines available at (IB exams and HCC equivalents ). Students must request their official transcript of IB scores be mailed to the HCC Registrar.
Students may earn credit for HCC courses by passing an examination given by the appropriate HCC Department. To qualify to take a departmental exam, the student must be currently enrolled at HCC. Credit by departmental examination will not be awarded to students of high school standing. HCC does not accept credit awarded by departmental examination from other institutions.
The student must first verify with the appropriate HCC Department/Program that the course is subject to credit by departmental examination. The student will work with the department's representative to complete the Procedure Checklist and Approval Form for Credit by Departmental Examination. A student applying for credit by departmental examination must show acceptable background qualifications as determined by the HCC Department/Program. The student must pay the Credit by Departmental Examination non-refundable fee. The examination will not be administered until payment is verified. The HCC Registrar will transcript the credit, if awarded, as Credit (CR) no earlier than the beginning of the student's first semester of coursework at HCC.