NATIONAL-LOUIS UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC & LIFELONG LEARNING - PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT DANTES - CREDIT BY EXAMINATION May – August 2009
What is Credit by Examination? NLU awards credit by examination for eligible students who have achieved acceptable scores on DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). You might wish to explore the option of examinations as a way to gain additional credits needed for degree completion. Where can I take the exams? DANTES exams are administered at NLU’s Lisle, Wheeling and North Shore campuses on a regular basis. Computer-based CLEP tests may be taken at NLU’s Lisle or Chicago campuses. Both tests may be taken at other colleges, including many community colleges. If you take an exam at another institution, your score report should be sent to NLU for awarding of transfer credit (score recipient #8340 for DANTES and #1310 for CLEP). Who qualifies to take exams at NLU? Undergraduate students or graduate students seeking undergraduate credit may register. NLU is an open CLEP testing center, while we are a closed DANTES testing center, requiring that students be admitted to the university. What do DANTES tests cover and how much time is needed to complete a test? DANTES tests measure learning in some business and academic areas, including humanities, mathematics, physical and life sciences, social sciences and technical writing. There is no penalty for incorrect answers. If you attain the minimum acceptable score for a DANTES test, you will earn 5 quarter hours of credit. See page 3 for a complete listing of tests. Many DANTES can be completed within 90 minutes; however additional time may be allowed if necessary. What do CLEP tests cover? CLEP tests measure knowledge of academic topics through five General Examinations (English Composition, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science/History, Humanities). There are thirty-four possible exams. CLEP tests are timed, but there is no penalty for wrong or skipped answers. Credit awards vary from 5 QH to 18 QH.
1. Always check with your Academic Advisor to avoid course overlap or duplication and to assure test credits will apply to your program. If you are an undergraduate student contact the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center at 1-800-443-5522 ext. 5900. MAT and all graduate students must call the transcript evaluators at Wheeling: Sharon Hickey 847-947-5760, Linda McDonough 847-9475729, or Jan Schuller 847-947-5548. 2. Complete the registration form included in this packet. Students may take one exam per test date. 3. Indicate both a first and second choice test date. See page 4 for a schedule of test dates. 4. Checks, money orders or credit card authorizations must accompany your DANTES registration forms. Reservations cannot be held for receipt of registration and/or payment. 5. NOTE: Each DANTES test requires full payment of $105 payable to National-Louis University. 6. Send registration forms with payment to: National-Louis University Prior Learning Assessment/DANTES 850 Warrenville Road Lisle, IL 60532-1356 Or FAX: 630-874-4320
Registration is limited, so please register early! If your 1st choice test date is unavailable, you will be
assigned your 2nd choice date. Registration confirmation will be sent to your NLU email address.
Where can I get materials to study for these tests? Fact Sheets for DANTES tests include an outline of test content, sample questions, and a list of reference books. They are available on the DANTES web site at www.getcollegecredit.com. Click on “Test Preparation” for further information. Study Guides for CLEP tests can be found in the following books: The Official Handbook for the CLEP Examinations and the College Board Guide to the CLEP Examinations. Check your local NLU library, public library or bookstore. Additional information may be obtained from the College Board web site at www.collegeboard.com (click on “Taking the Tests,” “CLEP”).
PROCEDURES FOR THE TEST DATE
Arrive at the testing site on time. Students arriving late will not be allowed to sit for exams. Bring test confirmation, photo identification, and #2 pencils with erasers. Instructions and testing time take approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. Students may take only one exam per testing session. The Fundamentals of Algebra exam is given on Saturdays only. One speech test may be scheduled per Saturday and will begin ½ hour earlier than general testing.
When will I receive my test results? You will usually receive score reports directly from the testing company in approximately four to five weeks. The NLU Registrar also receives a copy of your score report and will notify you of credit awarded. Prior Learning Assessment does not receive or interpret test results. Please contact your transcript evaluator or ASR for score information and credit award confirmation. No-pass results: Students must wait 180 days from the original test date to retake an exam. Cancellation of test date Prior Learning Assessment reserves the right to cancel tests due to insufficient enrollment. Every effort will be made to give 48-hour notice in the event of cancellation.
RESCHEDULING / CANCELING TESTS
When you miss a testing session, you prevent another student from taking a test on that date. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, you must notify Prior Learning Assessment prior to the testing date; call 630-874-4316. Missed testing sessions are 100% nonrefundable. If you fail to notify Prior Learning Assessment that you will be absent, you will forfeit your registration and fee. Should you wish to take the test at a later date, you must re-register and pay in full. A $25.00 processing fee applies to all cancellations and rescheduling requests: Requests to reschedule must be made in writing and be accompanied by check, money order or credit card authorization for the processing fee. Cancellations must also be made in writing. The processing fee will be deducted from your refund. Registrations are valid for one year from the original date scheduled. After that time your registration will expire, and you will be required to re-register and pay the full, current registration fee.
CLEP (GEN) = General Exam 5 QH 5 QH 9 QH 9 QH 9 QH 5 QH 9 QH 9 QH 5 QH 9 QH 9 QH 5 QH 18 QH 18 QH
5 5 9 5 5 5 9 5 5 5 9 QH QH QH QH QH QH QH QH QH QH QH
ALL DANTES = 5 QH
Algebra, College American Government American Literature Analyzing/Interp. Literature Biology, General Business Law, Intro. Calculus w/Elem. Functions Chemistry, Gen. Composition, Freshman College* (GEN) ENGLISH COMPOSITION* English Literature Financial Accounting French Language, College Level
German Language, College Level History of the U.S. I (to 1877) History of the U.S. II (1865-Present) (GEN) HUMANITIES Human Growth and Development Info. Sys. & Computer Applicat. Macroeconomics, Principles of COLLEGE MATHEMATICS Management, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of (GEN) NATURAL SCIENCES
5 QH Ed. Psychology, Intro. 5 QH Precalculus
5 QH 5 QH 9 QH 18 QH 5 QH 5 QH Psychology, Intro. Sociology, Intro. (GEN) SOC.SCI./HISTORY Spanish Language, College Level Western Civ. I (to 1648) Western Civ. II (1648-Present)
*Only available without written essay component.
Accounting, Financial * Algebra, Fundamentals of * Art of the Western World Anthropology, General Astronomy Business, Introduction to Business Law II Business Mathematics * Civil War and Reconstruction Computing, Introduction to * Counseling, Fundamentals of Criminal Justice Environment and Humanity Ethics in America Finance, Principles of * Foundations of Education Geology, Physical Here’s to Your Health Human/Cultural Geography Human Resource Management Law Enforcement, Intro to Lifespan Developmental Psych Management Info Systems Modern Middle East, Intro Money & Banking Organizational Behavior Personal Finance Physical Science I, Principles of Public Speaking, Principles of Soviet Union, Rise & Fall of Statistics, Principles of Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse) Supervision, Principles of Technical Writing Viet Nam War, History of Western Europe, Contemporary World Religions, Intro to
* Non-programmable hand-held calculators permitted
NLU Credit by Examination Schedule
ALWAYS CHECK WITH ACADEMIC ADVISOR OR REGISTRAR TO APPROVE TEST TOPIC AND AVOID OVERLAP OR DUPLICATION (See p.1 for appropriate contact person)
NLU Chicago Area Testing Sites
Lisle Campus 850 Warrenville Road Lisle Wheeling Campus 1000 Capitol Drive Wheeling North Shore Campus 5202 Old Orchard Road Skokie ____________________________________________________________________________________________
May 2 May 20
9 AM 6 PM
Rm. 310 Rm. 201
____________________________________________________________________________________ Skokie Sat June 6 9 AM Rm. 464
Lisle Sat June 13 9 AM Rm. 302 ____________________________________________________________________________________ Wheeling Lisle Wed Sat July 15 July 25 6 PM 9 AM Rm. TBD Rm. 302
____________________________________________________________________________________ Lisle Sat August 8 9 AM Rm. 302
Above dates, times, fees, and locations are subject to change.
Call 630-874-4316 to verify testing schedule.
National-Louis University DANTES REGISTRATION
NLU is a closed Dantes testing center. Students must be admitted to an NLU degree program or have applied for university admission.
NLU ID #: _________________________ Sex: F M Email: _________________________
Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Last First Middle/Maiden (opt.) Street Address: ________________________________________________________________________
City: ______________________________________ State: _____________ Zip:
Home Phone: ____________________________
Work Phone: _________________________
All fees must be paid and registration completed in advance of test date.
Enclose the test registration fee of $105 per exam with this completed registration form. Payment may be made by check or money order (payable to National-Louis University) or by credit card with a completed credit card authorization form. Credit card registrations may be faxed to 630-874-4320. Indicate below your first choice test date and an alternative. Only one exam may be taken per test date.
__________________________________________________ ____________ ___________ Test Title 1st choice date 2nd choice date
Registration and fees should be received in the Prior Learning Assessment office at least two weeks prior to the desired test date. Registration is limited; some test dates close early due to capacity enrollments. When you miss a scheduled testing session, you prevent another student from taking an exam that day. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, you must notify Prior Learning Assessment prior to the testing date (630-874-4316). If you fail to notify Prior Learning Assessment that you will be absent, you will forfeit your registration and fee. Should you wish to take the test at a later date, you must re-register and pay in full. A $25 processing fee applies to all cancellations and rescheduling requests. Requests to reschedule must be made in writing and be accompanied by the processing fee. Cancellations must also be made in writing; the processing fee will be deducted from your refund. Registrations are valid for one year from the original date scheduled. After that time your registration will expire, and you will be required to re-register and pay the full, current registration fee. Students who arrive late for a testing session may be denied entrance at the discretion of the proctor. Note: Students re-taking a test must wait six months before taking the
same test again.
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**Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities The Chauncey Group is committed to serving test takers with disabilities by providing services and reasonable accommodations as set forth in the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you have a disability, as prescribed by the ADA, and require special testing services or arrangements, please contact the DANTES Test Line at x4316 in Prior Learning Assessment. You will be asked to submit documentation of your disability and your request for special accommodations. The test administrator will then forward your documentation and a request for approval by the Chauncey Group. All requests must be submitted well in advance of your test date to make the necessary accommodations. Only test takers with documented disabilities are eligible for special accommodations.