Policies by Keyword: Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

CSUN grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit. Students should have their official AP course transcripts and test scores sent to Admissions …

Chemistry Placement Test (CPT)

The Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is a CSUN Department exam used to determine eligibility for enrollment in CHEM 101. Students planning to enroll in CHEM 101 must satisfy one of the following requirements prior to registration: Satisfactory score of 40 or higher on the CSUN CPT; Score of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board …

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of exams that test college-level knowledge gained through professional development, on-the-job training, the military, etc. CLEP affords participants an opportunity to obtain college credit, satisfy course prerequisites and/or meet general requirements by exam. Students attending CSUN should review the required CLEP scores for meeting course equivalencies in the table …

Credit by Challenge Examination Taken at CSUN

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at CSUN. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully. Currently enrolled undergraduate students not on probation who are especially qualified through experience or private instruction may petition to earn credit by challenge examination in selected courses designated by each Department. A challenge examination provides …

Final Examination Policy

In lecture courses, no final examination may be scheduled by an instructor prior to the regularly scheduled time. Any student who finds it impossible to take a final examination on the date scheduled must make arrangements in advance with the instructor either to take the examination at another time prior to the deadline for reporting …

Graduate Foreign Language Reading Examination

When competency in a foreign language is a Departmental requirement, students may demonstrate competency in one of three ways: Passing the Graduate Foreign Language Examination (Princeton Examination); Passing a Departmental examination. The examination is given by the Department of Foreign Languages in the 5th week of each semester. Candidates who plan to take this examination should …

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses designated as Honors Courses on the UC/CSU “a-g” college preparatory subjects list are awarded extra grade points for computation of the high school GPA. To be awarded advanced standing credit for successful performance, the IB test must be higher level (HL) and have a score of 4 or higher. IB tests …

Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)

The Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) is a CSUN Department exam used to determine eligibility for enrollment in MATH 102, 103, 104, 105, 150A and 255A. The MPT must be taken within two semesters preceding enrollment in the courses. It can be taken only once in a 4-week period. The MPT does not replace the ELM requirement, …

Restrictions on Exam Credit

No credit for any examinations will be awarded to a student who has: Taken the examination previously within the past term; Earned equivalent credit through regular coursework, credit by another examination or other instructional processes, such as correspondence; and/or Earned credit previously at a level more advanced than that represented by the examination in question. …

Systemwide Placement Test Requirements: ELM and EPT

The CSU requires that each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they are a condition of enrollment. These examinations are designed …

Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) Substitution (Graduate Policy)

All CSUN graduate students earning a degree are required by the CSU to satisfy the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) prior to full classification.  Graduate students who completed an undergraduate degree at any CSU since 1982 have automatically met this requirement because they were required to demonstrate writing proficiency in order to graduate.  All other …

Upper-Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE)

All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. Information on how to meet this requirement may be obtained at the Testing Center and Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam websites. At CSUN, all students who have met the Lower Division writing requirements, completed 56 units or more, and intend to graduate with …