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Policies: Credit By Exam

Academic Policies and Procedures » Credit By Exam

SUNY New Paltz offers its students opportunities to receive credit for college-level learning gained in advanced high school courses or independent reading and study.

Credits earned by examination are generally specific equivalent credits. That is, they represent the successful completion of a New Paltz college course as defined in the policies regarding the Advanced Placement Program, the International Baccalaureate Program and the College Level Examination Program. A maximum of 30 credits may be earned this way.

The following general regulations apply:

  • A student cannot take an examination that corresponds to, or stands as an equivalent to, or is at a level below a course in which he or she is enrolled or has already earned credit.
  • Credit earned by examination may not be applied to the total residency credits required (30). The last 15 credits in residence portion of the requirement is waived for credit by exam.