SNU grants advanced standing to students who demonstrate by scores on approved advanced standing examinations that they have obtained a background in a particular field equivalent to the achievement required in a course offered by SNU. The most typical programs for achieving advanced standing are the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Advanced Placement program (AP), and the International Baccalaureate program (IB).
For students in traditional programs, advanced standing credit for freshman-level courses must be submitted and verified through the Office of the Registrar immediately preceding fall enrollment. This deadline must be met to facilitate appropriate placement and accurate scheduling of incoming students. Limited credit may be awarded through departmental proficiency exams. For students in traditional programs at SNU, a total of up to 30 college credit hours is available through various forms of testing (CLEP, DSST, AP, departmental proficiency exams). Credit hours received via CLEP are recorded on the transcript after the student completes six credit hours of work at SNU. In order to assist in accurate advisement and planning, students in traditional programs planning to take CLEP exams should do so in adequate time so that the testing results will be available before the beginning of the student's sophomore year. By policy, CLEP, AP or other advanced placement credit for lower-division courses will not be approved if advanced courses in the same area of study have already been taken. Any exception must have the approval of the dean of the college of the student’s major.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
AP tests are also used as a basis for granting credit. Credit is given in a variety of courses for receiving a score of 3 or higher on the appropriate exams. These tests are available as a part of AP courses taken in high school, and the exam must be taken for credit to be granted. AP is awarded credit as recommended by the guidelines of the College Board.
COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATIONS PROGRAM (CLEP)
CLEP is the major vehicle for advanced standing validation. Incoming freshmen who are proficient in specific academic areas may want to take advantage of this opportunity. Consistent with practices at other regionally accredited universities, at Southern Nazarene University CLEP credit is awarded according to the guidelines established by the American Council on Education. This council recommends that students be awarded credit if they score at or above the 50th percentile on established sophomore norms in selected content areas. The specific minimum scores are based on current norms and, therefore, are subject to change. A note should be made that the guidelines for acceptance of CLEP results (both the particular exams accepted and the score minimums used for credit) vary from one university to another. For example, course credit gained by taking a particular CLEP examination will not necessarily be accepted as credit in transfer to another college or university. For any prospective SNU student, therefore, information regarding approved CLEP exams and acceptance of CLEP credit at SNU should be obtained from the SNU Testing Services office prior to taking a CLEP exam. Southern Nazarene University is not responsible for inaccurate information provided by other sources. Whenever available, CLEP exams are used to determine proficiency credit. If no CLEP exam is available, it may be possible that a department will have received approval to offer a locally validated proficiency exam. Students requesting advanced standing for applied work in fine arts, nursing, physical education, speech, graphic design, or business should consult with the school or department chair for the availability of tests in these areas. CLEP examinations are administered by appointment only. If a student is unable to take a CLEP examination at one of our campuses, they can make arrangements to take a CLEP exam at a different location that is listed on their website Find a CLEP Test Center using SNU’s college code of 6036. For more information, please contact Testing Services at our main campus by calling 405-491-6694 and at our Tulsa campus by calling 918-970-4638.
DANTES SUBJECT STANDARDIZED TESTS (DSST)
DSST exams are American Council of Education (ACE)-recommended tests covering lower and upper division baccalaureate courses in a plethora of subject areas. Quite often, DSST exams are utilized by veterans who receive funding through Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).
LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST
Language credit in either elementary or intermediate Spanish can be earned at the end of an immersion semester at QERC by students opting to take the in-house placement exam (which includes listening, writing, and speaking components). A professional examiner designated by the Division of Cultural & Communication Studies will recommend the awarding of credit for either Elementary Spanish I/II and/ or Intermediate Spanish I/II, based on the exam results.
TRANSFER CREDIT EVALUATION
The registrar’s office evaluates transfer coursework for applicability to General Education requirements. Transfer credits meeting particular SNU course requirements are so noted on the Entry Audit. CLEP and AP credit may satisfy some General Education requirements. Awarded credit is applied to the transcript as college credit hours. For further details on taking these exams, contact the SNU Testing Services.
Students will be advised into particular courses on the basis of ACT scores. Courses where minimum ACT requirements are necessary include: Composition I, Composition II, and College Algebra. Additional courses may be required which include: College Algebra with Integrated Review, University Study Strategies, Critical Thinking Strategies, and Reading Strategies.