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Credit Through Advanced Standing Policy

Approved By and Date:Board of Trustees10-10-2013
 Executive Leadership Team06-10-2013

The College recognizes and values knowledge and skills gained in many ways.  In addition to completion of credits at Stanly Community College (SCC) or the transfer of credits from other approved institutions of higher education, Advanced Academic Standing Credit may be earned by any or all of the following methods:

  1. SCC Credit By Proficiency Examination,
  2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP),
  3. Advanced Placement Examinations (AP),
  4. Professional Certification, and/or
  5. Service Related Experience and Training

Students who have gained knowledge and skills through continuing education courses, where no avenue for cross-walked credit exists, or work experiences alone may be eligible for advanced standing credit through the Credit By Proficiency Examination process.

Credit Through Advanced Standing Procedures

Approved By and Date:Executive Leadership Team06-10-2013

1. Credit By Proficiency Examination

Students who feel they are proficient in a subject may request to take a Proficiency Examination to receive credit for a course. Students completing the exam successfully will receive a grade of "CE" on their permanent transcript to designate credit by proficiency examination. No quality points will be awarded; consequently, the GPA will not be affected. The academic standards for credit by proficiency examination will be equivalent to the academic standards for the course. Students requesting credit by proficiency examination must have an active application on file at Stanly Community College. A maximum of five (5) courses may be awarded credit by proficiency examination.

Students who fall into the categories below will not be allowed to attempt credit by proficiency examination:

  1. Students who earlier attempted credit by proficiency exam for the same course
  2. Students requesting credit by proficiency exam after the deadline of thirty (30) days prior the start of the term in which the intended course is offered
  3. Students who previously attempted the course
  4. Students who are currently attending the course
  5. Students who do not meet the prerequisites for the course
  6. Students who do not have evidence that would indicate a level of existing capability for challenging the subject

Students requesting credit by proficiency examination must make the request to the Enrollment Management Department at least thirty days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the course is offered. The request must be submitted using the Credit by Proficiency Examination Request Form (found under Student Forms at The student must fill out the top section of the form. Personnel in the Enrollment Management Department and the Program/Department Head will review the request to ascertain if student meets the criteria for attempting credit by proficiency examination, whether or not a proficiency examination can be offered for the course, and whether the student has successfully demonstrated a level of existing capability to challenge the subject.

If the student is not approved to take the exam, a representative from the Enrollment Management Department will notify the student of the decision.

If the student is approved to take exam, the Program/Department Head will indicate such on the Credit by Proficiency Exam Request Form and notify the student of the test date, time, and location. The Program/Department Head will notify the Business Office Controller with the student's name, Datatel ID, and the course prefix and number.

If approved, and prior to the exam, the student must remit a non-refundable payment of $25 for each exam to the College's Business Office in Albemarle or the Crutchfield Campus. If the student wishes to pay online, s/he must first contact the Business Office at 704-991-0228. The student will receive a receipt (or notification) for payment which must be presented at the time of the exam.

At the time of the exam, the student will present with (1) a receipt showing payment for the exam and (2) a photo I.D. After the student has completed the exam, the Program/Department Head will be notified. Either the Program/Department Head or the exam administrator will enter the grade received on the CBE form, check registration status for the student, and sign the form. The completed form will be sent to the Enrollment Management Department representative who will enter the exam results in the student's record. If the student is currently registered for the course and passes the exam, the Enrollment Management Department representative will drop the student from the course.

2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Stanly Community College awards credit to students who have passed certain College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations at an acceptable level. These tests may be taken prior to enrollment or after a student has actually begun studies at the College. The following table outlines the credit acceptance and course equivalency:

CLEP Examination

Minimum Score

Course Equivalent



Principles of Accounting


ACC 120-Principles of Financial Accounting I

Principles of Management


BUS 137-Principles of Management

Composition and Literature


Freshman College Composition

45 (450)

ENG 111-Expository Writing

Information Systems


Information Systems &

Computer Applications


CIS 110-Introduction to Computers


CIS 115-Introduction to Programming and Logic



College Algebra


MAT 171-Precalculus Algebra



MAT 172-Precalculus Trigonometry

Social Science


Introduction to Psychology


PSY 150-General Psychology

Introduction to Sociology


SOC 210-Introduction to Sociology

3. Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)

The College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) sponsors an advanced placement program that enables high school students to complete college-level courses while still in high school. The CEEB examinations are offered in the high school by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Stanly Community College will grant credit for the Advanced Placement tests conducted by the CEEB. Successful completion of the exam (score of 3 or higher) is required for awarding credit. Students desiring credit must have their scores submitted to the Enrollment Management Department for evaluation.

4. Professional Certification

Students enrolled at Stanly Community College who hold a current professional or vendor certification - for example, Microsoft, CISCO, etc., (not SCC certificate) - that correlates with course content for a curriculum class may submit a "Credit for Current Certification Request Form" to the appropriate Associate Vice President for the course. The student will be required to provide proof of current certification. The program head will then determine if the certification meets the requirements necessary to give credit.

5. Service Related Experience and Training

Certain departments - for example, Criminal Justice and Cyber Crime, may recognize combinations of professional certification, years of service related experience, and history of military training, agency training, or continuing education course completion. Students should inquire with the Program/Department Head for departmental policies associated with credit opportunities for related experience and training.

The Joint Services Transcripts provided after review by the American Council on Education (ACE) are reviewed for course specific equivalencies when credit for past military training is requested.

It should be noted that other colleges may or may not grant transfer credit for courses completed at Stanly Community College under the advanced standing process.