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Correspondence courses are not intended to be taken by students enrolled in residence except in unusual circumstances. A student enrolled in residence must have the prior approval of his or her dean to count correspondence work toward degree requirements. Correspondence courses taken from the University of Texas at Austin and used toward a degree at the University are subject to the same pass/fail rules that apply to courses taken in residence.
A student who enrolls in the University of Texas at Austin must drop any correspondence work in progress or obtain the approval of his or her academic dean to continue the correspondence work.
Students at the University of Texas at Austin have the opportunity to determine course placement and to earn credit by examination. Some examinations are required for enrollment in certain courses, while others are optional; most serve as a basis for course credit.
Any current, former, or prospective University of Texas at Austin student may attempt to earn credit by examination for any undergraduate course provided the student has neither passed nor failed that course. Credit by examination will not be given for a course the student previously passed or failed at the University or any other collegiate institution. (When a student transfers credit for a course from another institution with fewer semester hours than the corresponding University course carries, the student may earn credit by examination for the University course, but only with the symbol CR.) Additional eligibility requirements may be established by the academic department awarding credit with the approval of the dean of the college or school. Information about additional requirements is available at the Measurement and Evaluation Center and at the academic department. Although prospective students may take examinations to establish their eligibility to receive credit, credit is awarded only to officially enrolled students or to former students.
A student enrolled in college-level courses in the Division of Continuing and Extended Education may attempt to earn credit by examination under the same rules as students currently or formerly enrolled in resident credit courses at the University. At least one college-level course must be completed before credit by examination can be awarded.
Credit by examination satisfies degree requirements in the same way as credit earned by passing a course, except that it does not count as credit earned in residence. Credit earned by examination does not jeopardize eligibility for scholarships that require freshman standing. The student's official transcript does not reflect unsuccessful attempts to earn credit by examination.
A student becomes eligible for credit by examination by earning a grade of C, B, or A. Credit may be accepted by the student with either the letter grade or the symbol CR (credit only). Credit accepted with a letter grade is used in calculating the student's grade point average.
Credit by examination is not reported to the registrar until the student advises the Measurement and Evaluation Center whether to report a letter grade or the symbol CR; a student may claim credit only by logging onto the Center's Web site at http://www.utexas.edu/academic/mec. A fee is assessed for each report. The Web site gives a full explanation on how to petition and pay for credit by examination.
In deciding whether to petition the Measurement and Evaluation Center to report credit by examination to the registrar, students should consider the University's policy for a possible tuition rebate at graduation. See Chapter 3 for information on tuition rebates for certain undergraduates.
The choice of the symbol CR does not affect the number of semester hours for which a student may enroll on the pass/fail basis. Credit by examination may be accepted with the CR designation in both required and elective courses, except in the College of Communication, where an eligible student must accept a letter grade rather than the symbol CR in the major. After credit has been reported to the registrar, the choice of letter grade or the symbol CR may not be changed.
A student's academic dean may approve an exception to the course placement and credit by examination policies for compelling academic reasons. Where the exception involves the student's eligibility to be tested or to receive credit by examination in a particular course, the exception must also be approved by the department in which the course is offered.
The faculties of the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences encourage students enrolled in those colleges to earn credit by examination in as many subjects as possible, including the student's major.
All tests administered at the University of Texas at Austin for course placement and credit by examination require a fee. Information, including the testing schedule, eligibility requirements, test descriptions, sample questions, and the amount of test fees, is available at http://www.utexas.edu/academic/mec, or may be obtained by sending the name and address to which the information should be mailed and two first-class postage stamps for each handout requested to the Measurement and Evaluation Center, P O Box 7246, Austin, Texas 78713-7246. The academic subject, specific test, and other topics about which information is needed should be stated. The center is located at 2616 Wichita Street. The telephone number is (512) 232-2662, fax (512) 471-3509.
Examinations required for course placement. The following tests are normally given on the University campus immediately before each semester and the first summer term, during most summer orientation sessions, and at least once each fall and spring semester. The College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test and the Department of Journalism Word Processing Test are not given during summer orientation.
- Placement in rhetoric and composition. The College Board SAT II: Subject Test in Writing is required for placement at the appropriate level in lower-division rhetoric and composition courses. A student who makes a satisfactory score on the test is eligible to receive three semester hours of credit for the first rhetoric and composition course, Rhetoric and Composition 306. Before enrolling in Rhetoric and Composition 306, a student must have taken the SAT II: Subject Test in Writing, unless he or she has already earned credit for the course through the Advanced Placement Examination in English Language and Composition, or has transfer credit for Rhetoric and Composition 306. Information about the SAT II: Subject Test in Writing and registration forms may be obtained from The College Board SAT Program, P O Box 6200, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200, from most high schools, and from the Measurement and Evaluation Center.
International students whose native language is not English must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for admission to a lower-division rhetoric and composition course. The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service. A student who scores at least 600 on the TOEFL must also take the SAT II: Subject Test in Writing.
- Placement in foreign languages. Students with transfer credit in a foreign language are strongly encouraged to take the placement test before enrolling in further coursework in that language; however, in most languages, students with transfer credit are not required to take the placement test.
Students without transfer credit but with knowledge of a foreign language, however acquired, must take the placement test before enrolling at the University in a course in that language with the following exception: students who do not have Spanish credit that was earned after the summer of 1997 on their high school transcript are not required to take the Spanish placement test before enrolling in a UT Austin course in Spanish.
Foreign language placement tests serve not only to determine the level of work appropriate for students but also as the basis for credit by examination, which normally may be earned in as many as four lower-division courses. Credit by examination can be used to absolve a high school unit deficiency or to fulfill individual degree requirements. Credit that exceeds degree requirements often can be used as elective credit.
For course placement and credit by examination, the University uses the University of Wisconsin College-Level Placement Tests in French and in Spanish, the College Board SAT II: Subject Test in German with Listening plus UT Austin supplemental items, the SAT II: Subject Test in Korean with Listening plus UT Austin supplemental essay, and UT Austin Tests for Credit in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. Information about these tests and sample questions may be obtained from the Measurement and Evaluation Center.
Students who have taken either a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination or an International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level Examination in French, German, or Spanish do not need to take the corresponding required placement test because their Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Examination results can be used for placement. Tests in foreign languages not listed in this section are scheduled on an individual basis; students should contact the Measurement and Evaluation Center for information.
- Placement in chemistry. The University of Texas at Austin Test for Credit in Chemistry 301 is required of students who intend to study for the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, who studied chemistry in high school, and who do not have credit for Chemistry 301 or the equivalent. Information, including eligibility requirements and sample questions, is available from the Measurement and Evaluation Center.
- Placement in mathematics. Most entry-level mathematics courses have as a prerequisite either a minimum score on the College Board SAT II: Subject Test in Mathematics Level IC, or credit for a specified college-level mathematics course with a minimum grade. Course prerequisites are listed in the Course Schedule. Although the Level IC test is preferred, a student may present a score on the Level I or IIC test. These tests serve as a basis for credit by examination for Mathematics 305G. Information and registration forms are available from The College Board SAT Program, P O Box 6200, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200, from the College Board's Web site, from most high schools, and from the Measurement and Evaluation Center.
- Prerequisite for advertising, journalism, and public relations. A satisfactory score on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test is a prerequisite for Journalism 315. Students who transfer credit equivalent to Journalism 315 must present a satisfactory score on the test prior to enrolling in their first journalism skills course at the University. A student who believes he or she should be exempted from the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test should contact the Department of Journalism. Undergraduate students must take the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test before enrolling in certain upper-division courses in advertising and public relations. Students may take the test a maximum of three times. The test does not serve as a basis for course credit. In addition to the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test, the Department of Journalism Word Processing Test is required of students who wish to enroll in Journalism 315 or in a journalism skills course beyond Journalism 315, or any upper-division public relations course. A student who believes he or she should be exempted from the Word Processing Test should contact the Department of Journalism or the Office of the Public Relations Program.
Optional examinations. The following optional tests serve as bases for credit by examination at the University of Texas at Austin.
- University of Texas at Austin tests for credit in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, government, Hindi, history, Latin, management information systems, physics, and Polish. Eligible students can earn credit for specified courses in the fields named. Handouts describing the tests in each subject area and test schedules are available from the Measurement and Evaluation Center's Web site and at the Measurement and Evaluation Center.
- College Board SAT II: Subject Tests. In addition to the Writing Test and the Mathematics Level I, IC, or IIC Test, the University grants credit on the basis of the SAT II: Subject Tests in German with Listening, Korean with Listening, and Physics.
- College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations. Credit is granted to students who have earned satisfactory scores on the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in art (art history and studio art), biology, chemistry, computer sciences, economics, English, European history, French, German, Latin, mathematics, music theory, physics, psychology, Spanish, statistics, United States government and politics, and United States history. The Advanced Placement Examination in government and politics is supplemented with local test items on Texas government; these additional items are administered only at the University of Texas at Austin. Advanced placement examinations are different from the College Board SAT II: Subject Tests and are offered only once each year in May in specific high schools across the country. Forms for requesting information about test center locations are available from AP Examinations, AP Services, P O Box 6671, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6671, or from the College Board's Web site by February 1 each year.
- College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations: On the basis of the CLEP General Examinations, an unaffiliated student (one who has been out of high school or college for at least two years) may be eligible for credit without a grade in one or more subjects. Eligibility for credit depends on an evaluation of CLEP test scores in relation to college coursework, if any, in the areas covered by the CLEP General Examinations.
Subject Examinations: The CLEP Subject Examinations in American Government, American Literature, Calculus with Elementary Functions, College Algebra, English Literature, Principles of Macroeconomics/Introductory Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics/Introductory Microeconomics, Introductory Psychology, and Introductory Sociology are used as the bases for credit by examination. Subject examinations are not restricted to unaffiliated students. The tests in American government, American literature, English literature, and college algebra are supplemented with items prepared by University faculty members; these items are available only on the University campus. Information about locally prepared items may be obtained from the Measurement and Evaluation Center. A registration guide for the CLEP Subject Examinations may be obtained from College Board CLEP, P O Box 6600, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6600. Most CLEP subject examinations used by the University as a basis for credit by examination are given on campus immediately prior to registration for each semester and the summer session and at least once during the spring and fall semesters. The University also serves as a nationwide testing center, offering the CLEP examinations once a month.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level Examinations. Credit is granted by the University to students who earn satisfactory scores on the International Baccalaureate Higher-Level Examinations in anthropology, Arabic, biology, chemistry, Chinese, computer science, Danish, Dutch, economics, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, history (concentrations in Africa, the Americas, and Europe), Italian, Japanese, mathematics, music, Norwegian, philosophy, physical science, physics, Portuguese, psychology, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
- Other credit by examination. With the approval of the appropriate academic dean and department chairman or program director, a student may take an examination in any undergraduate course offered by the University for which he or she has reason to feel qualified. Applications must be approved by the program director or chairman of the department that offers the course and the student's academic dean. A candidate may apply to take course examinations only after registering as a student at the University. Examinations are given at the convenience of the administering department. A student who receives a satisfactory score on an examination will receive credit for the course.
Application forms for course examinations are available at the Measurement and Evaluation Center. A student who intends to apply for an examination over a first-year course should obtain a course outline from the department that offers the course; only students who have the equivalent in knowledge or training of that presented in the outline should apply for the examination.