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General Information | 2006-2007 page 5 of 12 in Chapter 4
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Correspondence Work by Resident Students

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.

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Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment—Instructional Assessment and Evaluation

The Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment's Instructional Assessment and Evaluation Group (IAE) coordinates University testing programs, including examinations for course credit and placement, and serves as a test center for many examinations offered worldwide, including the College Level Examination Program, the Graduate Record Examinations, the Medical College Admission Test, the Law School Admission Test, the Miller Analogies Test, the Praxis Series (Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers), the Test of English as a Foreign Language, and the Texas Higher Education Assessment. Information about academic placement and credit by examination as well as worldwide test programs is available at the DIIA Web site, at the IAE office at 2616 Wichita, or by mail from The University of Texas at Austin, DIIA-IAE, P O Box 7246, Austin TX 78713-7246; (512) 232-2662, fax (512) 471-3509. When writing for information, please include a daytime telephone number.

In addition to administering testing programs, IAE conducts studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the University in achieving the goals of its educational programs. The group assists faculty members with the construction, processing, and analysis of tests and other measuring instruments, with system design and data processing services involving automatic document scanning, and with related data processing activities. By means of Course-Instructor Surveys, IAE enables faculty members to obtain student opinions of their courses and their teaching methods.

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Course Placement and Credit by Examination

Students at the University may earn credit and determine course placement by examination. Some exams 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 exam for any required or elective undergraduate course, provided the student has neither passed nor failed that course at the University or at any other collegiate institution. (There is one exception to this policy: 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 exam 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 from IAE and from the academic department.

Credit by exam does not become part of the student's official academic record until the student claims the credit by asking IAE to report it to the registrar's office. Credit must be claimed within ten years of the test administration date. It may be claimed only through the DIIA Web site. [5] A fee is assessed for each report. The Web site gives a full explanation on how to petition and pay for credit by examination.

Although prospective students may take examinations to establish their eligibility to receive credit, credit is awarded only to officially enrolled students and former students. Enrollment on the twelfth class day of a semester or the fourth class day of a summer term constitutes official enrollment.

Letter grades. University policy on the award of letter grades for credit by exam will change in the fall semester 2006. In either of the following cases, claiming credit by exam with the symbol CR does not affect the number of semester hours for which a student may enroll on the pass/fail basis.

Scores received by September 15, 2006. If IAE receives a test score for a currently enrolled or former student on or before September 15, 2006, the student may choose to claim the credit either with a letter grade or with the symbol CR (credit). The student must advise IAE whether to report a letter grade or the symbol CR to the registrar; after the credit has been reported, this choice may not be changed. Credit is awarded only if the student has earned a grade of C, B, or A. Credit accepted with a letter grade is used in calculating the student's grade point average.

Scores received after September 15, 2006. If IAE receives a test score from a currently enrolled or formerly enrolled student after September 15, 2006, the student may claim the credit only with the symbol CR, not with a letter grade. Test scores received from prospective students whose first date of enrollment is after September 1, 2006, will also be governed by the credit-only policy. Credit recorded with the symbol CR is not used in calculating the student's grade point average.

A student enrolled in college-level courses in the Division of Continuing Education may attempt to earn credit by exam under the same rules as students currently or formerly enrolled in resident credit courses at the University. The student must complete at least one college-level course before credit by exam can be awarded.

Credit earned 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.

In deciding whether to claim credit by exam, students should consider the impact of the credit on their eligibility for a tuition rebate; the possibility that they will charged additional tuition if they have excess credit; and the possibility that they will be ineligible for Texas B-On-Time loan forgiveness if they have excess credit.

A student's academic dean may approve an exception to the course placement and credit by examination policies for compelling academic reasons. If the exception involves the student's eligibility to be tested or to receive credit by exam 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 exam in as many subjects as possible, including the student's major.

All tests administered at the University for course placement and credit by exam 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 DIIA 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, DIIA-IAE, P O Box 7246, Austin TX 78713-7246. The academic subject, specific test, and other topics about which information is needed should be stated. IAE is located at 2616 Wichita Street. The telephone number is (512) 232-2662, fax (512) 471-3509.

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Examinations required or recommended for course placement. Most of the tests mentioned below are 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 campus on an ongoing basis. The SAT Reasoning Test and the ACT Writing Test are administered at various sites nationwide.

  1. Placement in rhetoric and writing. Before enrolling in Rhetoric and Writing 306, a student must have a score on the ACT Writing Test or the essay portion of the SAT Reasoning Test, since the score is required for placement at the appropriate level in lower-division rhetoric and writing courses. A student who earns a satisfactory score on either test is eligible to receive credit for Rhetoric and Writing 306. A score on the SAT Subject Test in Writing, a score on the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in English Language and Composition, or transfer credit for Rhetoric and Writing 306 may also be used for credit and placement. Additional information is available from IAE.
          International students whose native language is not English must submit satisfactory scores on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) for admission to a lower-division rhetoric and writing course. A student who scores at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL iBT must also take the SAT Subject Test in Writing.
  2. 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 exam, which normally may be earned in as many as four lower-division courses. Credit by exam may be used to absolve a high school unit deficiency or to fulfill degree requirements. Credit that exceeds specific foreign language degree requirements often may 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 Subject Test in German with Listening plus UT Austin supplemental items; the SAT 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 IAE office and at the DIIA 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 the AP or IB examination results can be used for placement. For foreign language tests not listed in this section, students should contact IAE for information.
  3. 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 IAE office and at the DIIA Web site.
  4. Placement in mathematics. Most entry-level mathematics courses have as a prerequisite either a minimum score on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1 or credit with a minimum grade for a specified college-level mathematics course. Course prerequisites are given in the Undergraduate Catalog. Although the Level 1 test is preferred, a student may present a score on the Level 2 test. These tests serve as a basis for credit by examination for Mathematics 305G. Information and registration forms are available at the College Board Web site, from most high schools, and from IAE.
  5. Prerequisite for journalism. Students must have satisfactory scores on the School of Journalism Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test and Word Processing Test in order to register for Journalism 315 and most upper-division journalism courses. Students with transfer credit for Journalism 315 must have satisfactory scores on both tests prior to enrolling in more advanced journalism courses 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.
  6. 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.)
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Optional examinations. The following optional tests serve as bases for credit by examination at the University.

  1. UT Austin tests for credit in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, government, Hindi, history, Latin, physics, and Polish. Eligible students can earn credit for specified courses in these fields. Descriptions of the tests and test schedules are available from the IAE office and at the DIIA Web site.
  2. College Board SAT Subject Tests. In addition to the required Mathematics Level 1 or Level 2 Test, the University grants credit on the basis of the SAT Subject Tests in German with Listening, Korean with Listening, and Physics.
  3. 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 the SAT Subject Tests and are offered only once each year, in May, at specific high schools across the country. More information about AP Examinations is published by the College Board.
  4. College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). The CLEP 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 bases for credit by examination. 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 IAE. All CLEP examinations used by the University as a basis for credit by exam are given on campus on an ongoing basis. The University also serves as a national testing center for other CLEP examinations.
  5. 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.
  6. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. In accordance with section 51.968 of the Texas Education Code, credit by exam is awarded as described below to students who have earned an IB diploma and who are admitted as freshmen for the academic year 2006-2007 or later.
    1. All students who submit satisfactory scores on the IB Higher-Level (HL) Examinations listed in item 5 above will continue to receive credit by exam, whether or not they have also earned the IB diploma.
    2. Students who submit scores of 4 or higher on HL exams in the subjects listed in item 5 or in other IB subjects will receive credit by exam if they have also earned the IB diploma.
    3. Students who submit scores of 4 or higher on IB Standard Level (SL) Examinations will receive credit by exam if they have also earned the IB diploma.
    Students who have earned an IB diploma will be awarded at least twenty-four semester hours of credit. Before claiming the credit, students should consider the impact of these hours on their eligibility for a tuition rebate; the possibility that they will charged additional tuition if they have excess credit; and the possibility that they will be ineligible for Texas B-On-Time loan forgiveness if they have excess credit. Each student is strongly encouraged to discuss these issues with an academic adviser in his or her college before claiming credit. The student and adviser should also discuss the student's academic preparation for sequent courses based on IB test score.
  7. 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. Exams are given at the convenience of the administering department. A student who earns a satisfactory score will receive credit for the course.
          Application forms for course exams are available at the IAE office. A student who intends to apply for an exam 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 exam.
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