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Advanced Standing Exams

The Office of Counseling and Assessment serves as a clearing house for students wishing to take advanced standing examinations. The advanced standing plan at Southwestern Oklahoma State University was established to give students an opportunity to begin college work on the level commensurate with their demonstrated achievement. With certain limitations, all such achievement, once certified to be at the college level by this institution, receives appropriate academic credit.

Placement By Advanced Standing Examination

SWOSU will award credit to students whose background and achievements merit beginning at an advanced level. Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Sayre offers tests which will allow capable students to receive college credit through examination. A list of SWOSU courses for which advanced-standing examinations may be taken is available in the Office of Counseling and Assessment.

Courses passed by Advanced-Standing Examinations will be recorded on the transcript with a letter “S”. Advanced-standing credit toward a degree is limited to 31 hours within each of the upper and lower division levels. A minimum of 12 semester hours of satisfactory traditional credit must be completed at SWOSU before advanced-standing credits may be recorded on the SWOSU transcript.

In most cases, advanced-standing examinations are administered through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). SWOSU is a CLEP testing center and accepts credit earned by CLEP Subject Examinations; however, SWOSU does not recognize credit earned through CLEP General Examinations. Registration for CLEP tests should be made one week prior to the test.

Any person interested in participating in this program should contact the Office of Counseling and Assessment. In all cases, students are advised to consult with their faculty advisor as to how credit by advanced standing will apply to degree programs.