3.3.4 Advanced Standing/Test-Outs


Advanced standing is course credit granted on the basis of proficiency acquired through learning other than formal credit-based college classes, such as test outs. Alexandria Technical & Community College awards credit for prior learning based on Minnesota State policy and procedure 3.35 http://www.minnstate.edu/board/policy/335.html.


In the case of Intro to Computer, Beginning Personal Computers and Personal Computer Skills courses, Alexandria Technical & Community College has developed a test-out that can be taken. For these courses only, contact the Testing Center. A non-refundable test administration fee of $30 must be paid at the Business Office prior to testing. Each exam may only be attempted once.

Any other prior learning will need to be evaluated by an instructor on an individualized basis. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for the paperwork to begin the process. It is recommended that this be completed in the term prior to the term the class would normally be completed. The instructor will determine the appropriate method for a student to demonstrate his/her competency (i.e., challenge exam, portfolio, research paper, oral exam, demonstration, etc., or any combination of these).

The fee for earning credits through institutional test-outs or evaluations is $40 per credit. In the case of the test-outs (Intro to Computer, Beginning Personal Computers and Personal Computer Skills), this fee will only be charged to students who successfully pass the test. In the case of other test-outs, the fee is payable upfront and is non-refundable.

Test-outs will be recorded on the transcript with a CR (credit) if the student was successful; however, no notation is recorded on the transcript, The student's GPA is not impacted in either situation.

Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 03/23/15
Last Date Revised: 09/16/14