4. Academic Policies and Procedures
Correspondence courses are not intended to be taken by students enrolled in residence except in unusual circumstances. A student who enrolls at the University must drop any correspondence work in progress or obtain the approval of his or her academic dean to continue the correspondence work.
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.
Students at the University 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 student may attempt to earn credit by examination for any undergraduate course, provided the student has neither passed nor failed that course at the University or at any other collegiate institution. (When a student has received transfer credit for a course 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. Enrollment on the twelfth class day of a semester or the fourth class day of a summer term constitutes official enrollment.
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 through the MEC Web site. 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. Information on tuition rebates for certain undergraduates is given in chapter 3.
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 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 (including a $15 nonrefundable test registration fee), is available at the MEC Web site. Information may also 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 University of Texas at Austin, Measurement and Evaluation Center, P O Box 7246, Austin TX 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 or recommended 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 School of Journalism Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test and the Word Processing Test are given on an ongoing basis.
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 taken 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 are available from the College Board, 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 250 on the computer-based TOEFL must also take the SAT II: Subject Test in Writing.
Placement in 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 American Sign Language or a foreign language, however acquired, must take the placement test before enrolling in a course in that language. The only exception to this policy is that students who have taken Spanish in high school may enroll in beginning Spanish without taking the placement test. The student must take the placement test before enrolling in any course beyond Spanish 508K.
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 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 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, Hindi, Japanese, and Russian. Information about these tests and sample questions may be obtained from the Measurement and Evaluation Center and at the MEC Web site.
Students who have taken either a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in French, German, or Spanish or any International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level Examination in a foreign language do not need to take the corresponding required placement test, because their AP or IB examination results can be used for placement. For foreign language tests not listed in this section, students should contact the Measurement and Evaluation Center for information.
Placement in chemistry. The UT Austin Test for Credit in Chemistry 301 is required of students who are seeking the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, who studied chemistry in high school, and who do not have credit for Chemistry 301 or the equivalent. The test is recommended for physics, biomedical engineering, and other engineering majors who have sufficient background. Information, including eligibility requirements and sample questions, is available from the Measurement and Evaluation Center and at the MEC Web site.
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 with a minimum grade for a specified college-level mathematics course. Course prerequisites are given in the Undergraduate Catalog. Although the Level IC test is preferred, a student may present a score on the Level IIC test. These tests serve as a basis for credit by examination for Mathematics 305G. Information and registration forms are available from the the College Board, from most high schools, and from the Measurement and Evaluation Center.
Prerequisite for journalism. Satisfactory scores on the School of Journalism Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test and Word Processing Test are required in order to register for Journalism 315 and any upper-division journalism course. Students who transfer credit equivalent to Journalism 315 must present a satisfactory score on both tests prior to enrolling in their first journalism skills course at the University. A student who believes he or she should be exempted from either test should contact the School of Journalism. Students may take the tests a maximum of three times. The tests do not serve as a basis for course credit.
Computer Proficiency Test for business students. In order to register for Management Information Systems 301, the business core courses, and some business electives, students must take the Computer Proficiency Test. Students with transfer credit for Management Information Systems 301 or the equivalent are not required to take the test. (Texas Common Course Numbers BCIS 1305 and 1405 transfer as Management Information Systems 301.)
Optional examinations. The following optional tests serve as bases for credit by examination at the University.
UT Austin tests for credit in biology, chemistry, computer proficiency, computer sciences, government, Hindi, history, Latin, physics, and Polish. Eligible students can earn credit for specified courses in the fields named. Descriptions of the tests and test schedules are available from the Measurement and Evaluation Center and at the MEC Web site.
College Board SAT II: Subject Tests. In addition to the required Writing Test and the Mathematics Level IC or Level 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 science, English, European history, French, German, human geography, Latin, macroeconomics, mathematics, microeconomics, music theory, physics, psychology, Spanish, statistics, United States government and politics, United States history, and world history. The AP Examination in government and politics is supplemented with test items on Texas government; these additional items are administered only at the University. Advanced placement examinations are different from SAT II: Subject Tests and are offered only once each year, in May, at specific high schools across the country. More information is given at the College Board Web site.
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, college algebra, English literature, principles of macroeconomics, principles of 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. All CLEP subject examinations used by the University as a basis for credit by examination are given on campus on an ongoing basis. The University also serves as a nationwide testing center for the CLEP examinations.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level Examinations. Credit is granted by the University to students who earn satisfactory scores on the IB Higher-Level Examinations in Arabic, biology, chemistry, Chinese, computer science, Danish, Dutch, economics, English, French, geography, German, Hebrew, Hindi, history (concentrations in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Islamic history), Italian, Japanese, Korean, mathematics, Norwegian, philosophy, physics, Portuguese, psychology, Russian, social and cultural anthropology, Spanish, Swedish, and visual arts (previously art/design).
Other credit by examination. With the approval of the appropriate academic dean and department chair 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. 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 earns 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.