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The student’s college determines eligibility for testing. The following regulations govern credit through testing:

  1. Credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis. Students may be tested for Credit-By-Examination (CBE) only once for any given course. Students may not attempt a course CBE for which they have previously attempted through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
  2. New students may take the CLEP before beginning work at Kent State University. CBE is available to currently enrolled degree- and certificate-seeking Kent State students only.
  3. Students are allowed to take CBE only if they are in good standing (i.e., not on probation).
  4. Students may not take CLEP or CBE for any course:
    1. In which they have audited
    2. In which they are currently enrolled
    3. In which they have previously enrolled and earned a grade, including withdrawal (A-F, AU, IN, IP, NF, NR, S, SF, U, W, Y or Z)
  5. In subject fields in which knowledge is sequential or accumulative (e.g., mathematics and foreign language), courses are structured in prescribed sequences. Students who have received credit for, or established proficiency at, one level in such a sequence (either by testing or by enrolling in and completing the course) cannot subsequently earn CLEP or CBE credit for any prior course in the sequence or in any lower level sequence. Students who want to earn CBE for more than one course in such a sequence must complete CBE one course at a time, beginning with the lowest level course for which they want to receive academic CBE credit.
  6. Students pursuing a baccalaureate may attempt a maximum of 30 hours CLEP, CBE and Advanced Placement (AP) combined. Students pursuing an associate degree may attempt a maximum of 15 hours CLEP, AP and CBE combined. No more than 50 percent of a certificate’s total hours may be earned through CLEP, AP and CBE combined. Students who wish to take more than the maximum permitted may petition their college dean for a waiver of this limitation. Students who have earned more than the maximum permitted of AP and/or CLEP credit before attending Kent State University will be granted that credit, provided such credit meets Kent State standards.
  7. Students approaching graduation must complete all CBE and CLEP credit by at least the semester preceding the semester in which they plan to graduate.
  8. Students who sign up for CBE must take the exam within 60 days of the payment date of application. If they do not, they forfeit any fees paid and must reapply to take the exam.