Advanced Placement Credit

The State of Ohio, working through the University System of Ohio, has initiated policies to facilitate the ease of transition from high school to college as well as between and among Ohio’s public colleges and universities.  The Ohio Department of Higher Education provides a site to review how Advanced Placement (AP) scores translate into college credit ( visit https://transfercredit.ohio.gov/ and click on High School).

  • Students obtaining an Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 3 or above will be awarded the aligned course(s) and credits for the AP exam areas(s) successfully completed.
  • General Education courses and credits received will be applied towards graduation and will satisfy a general requirement if the course(s) to which the AP area is equivalent fulfills a requirement.
  • If an equivalent course is not available for the AP exam area completed, elective or area credit will be awarded in the appropriate academic discipline and will be applied towards graduation where such elective credit options exist within the academic major.

Students can view their AP scores and request to have them sent to Zane State College by visit the official CollegeBoard website at https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores

Credit by Examination

A student may, upon submission of a Credit by Examination form to The Testing Center in Zanesville or Academic Services in Cambridge, take a proficiency examination in order to receive credit for selected courses. A $50 fee is charged for each proficiency examination taken and must be paid prior to scheduling the exam. Upon successfully passing the examination, the earned credit to be officially entered onto the transcript.

A credit by examination for any course may be taken only one time.  The exam must be taken prior to the completion of the first five business days of the semester in which the student desires to take the exam.  Students may apply for and take the exam prior to enrollment.  In some situations, exams can be scheduled throughout the semester.  Students who fail a course are not permitted to apply for credit by examination and must retake the failed course.  Students who do not pass a credit by examination will not be permitted to gain credit by completing another proficiency exam.  Credits earned by proficiency examinations may not be accepted by other colleges for transfer credit.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program offers those who have acquired knowledge outside the traditional classroom setting an opportunity to earn college credit. Zane State College awards transfer credit for CLEP examinations successfully passed where the subject matter is equal to one of the College’s current classes. More information about the Zane State College courses aligned with CLEP can be found online at the Ohio Department of Higher Education CLEP webpage (https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/clep). Information concerning testing centers may be obtained by visiting the College Board website at http://clep.collegeboard.org/search/test-centers.

Prior Learning Assessment

Students may apply for Prior Learning Assessment credit as substitution for academic program/course curricula requirements. Non-traditional credits awarded should not exceed two thirds of the program courses required to complete a program. Students receiving non-traditional credit must meet the residency requirement for their degree. Credits earned through Prior Learning Assessment may not be accepted by other colleges for transfer credit.

Students may apply for either portfolio review or certification and credentialed experience. Applications and guidelines may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Those completing standardized state recognized credentials will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Graduates of a state recognized Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) will be awarded the same credit hours that are granted to Zane State College OPOTA graduates, with a waiver of the residency requirement.

If students are uncertain about how past experience may relate to their course of study, an appointment with a program advisor is recommended.

Students will be assessed a minimum fee for evaluation of a portfolio or certification/credential. This fee is charged regardless of credit status after evaluation. Additional cost will be incurred when evaluating a portfolio for more than one course . Please refer to the on-line published fee schedule.

Military Training and Academic Credit

Some training courses provided by the Armed Forces may be the equivalent of college courses and transfer credit may be obtained by forwarding an official military transcript to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation. A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services provided by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the recommendation of the appropriate Division Dean are used to determine the amount of credit to be awarded.

Vocational Education Experience

Students who have satisfactorily completed an approved secondary or post-secondary program in vocational education may be eligible to receive credit in similar programs at Zane State College. Credit will be evaluated by the student’s advisor and approved by the appropriate Division Dean. Articulation agreements exist with several career centers in specific subject areas. There is no charge for an evaluation in these cases.