Many students entering CWI bring a depth of knowledge in specific subjects that have been gained through life experiences or a variety of areas of study. Students who have been accepted and are currently enrolled as CWI students may convert this learning into alternative credit. CWI provides students several opportunities to receive undergraduate credit on the basis of satisfactory standardized testing performance or challenging courses in one or more of the areas listed below.
Alternative credit will not be awarded and may not be used to replace or repeat courses already recorded on the student’s transcript at CWI or elsewhere.
Credit by Examination (CBE)
CWI allows several alternative methods of receiving credit for coursework other than the traditional credit received by enrolling in and passing a particular course. Students may acquire up to one-third (20 credits of a 60-credit degree) of their credits in their declared majors through Credit by Examination (CBE) methods. However, this may vary by major. Students are assessed 20 percent of the Idaho resident tuition for each credit acquired by CBE methods in addition to testing fees and any other tuition and fees. CBE credits may not be used as part of the credits supporting a student’s financial aid award. Credits received in this manner count toward the credit requirements for graduation, a grade of pass (P) is given, and they are not computed in the student’s grade point average.
For all methods of CBE, credits count toward graduation, a grade of pass (P) is given, and they are not included in the GPA. Methods of CBE include:
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement exams are used by high school students who are advanced enough in a specific subject area to place them in a more-advanced term of study in that subject matter. Certain AP score-level benchmarks allow students to gain CBE.
American College Testing Program (ACT)
American College Testing assessment measures high school students’ general-educational development and their capability to complete college-level work. Certain ACT score-level benchmarks allow students to gain CBE.
American Council on Education (ACE)
American Council on Education guides are evaluations of instruction performed in the private sector of the military. Certain ACE score-level benchmarks allow students to gain CBE.
Challenge for Credit Hours
A student may challenge a course with the permission of the instructor, department chair, and dean by passing a comprehensive test for that course with a minimum grade of "C."
Note: Not every course may be challenged. Check with the appropriate department chair to see if the course you wish to challenge is eligible.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CWI accepts Subject Matter CLEP scores for equivalent courses. The student who submits official CLEP Subject Matter examination scores must apply for admission and enroll at CWI or be enrolled at the College at the time of submission of CLEP scores.
If the score submitted is at or above the approved score, the student will receive credit for the equivalent course(s). The Subject Matter examination will show the corresponding CWI course number and title.
Please visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/ to learn about applicable testing fees and how to register for CLEP testing.
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
CWI accepts DSST scores for equivalent courses. The student who submits official DSST scores must apply for admission and enroll at CWI or be enrolled at the College at the time of submission of DSST scores.
If the score submitted is at or above the approved score, the student will receive credit for the equivalent course(s). The DSST examination will show the corresponding CWI course number and title.
Please visit www.getcollegecredit.com to learn about applicable testing fees and how to register for DSST testing.
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
In order to allow Career & Technical Education students the ability to gain CPL, students have the option to submit portfolios detailing the competencies they possess in order to receive either full or partial credit for classes required for either the Basic Technical Certificate (BTC), Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC), Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC), or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree options at CWI. An assigned Portfolio Evaluation Team will establish the method by which the student will demonstrate subject matter competency. A student may acquire up to one-fourth of the credits required for a certificate or degree through the CPL method.
Students are assessed 20 percent of the CWI Idaho resident tuition for each credit acquired by CPL. Credits received in this manner may count toward the credit requirements for graduation, a grade of “P” is given, and CPL credits are not computed in the student’s GPA.
A student may request vertical credit for a prerequisite course if the student passes the more-advanced course with a minimum grade of "C," e.g., a student who took Spanish in high school may have sufficient proficiency to bypass SPAN 101 and enroll in SPAN 102. If a student successfully completes SPAN 102, he/she may submit the required paperwork to One Stop Student Services to earn credit for SPAN 101. In some cases, permission of the department chair and/or dean may be required.