2023-2024 Academic Catalog (August 2023 - July 2024 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog (August 2023 - July 2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



ACT Testing (National and Residual)

Registration for the National ACT test must be done online at www.act.org. Students taking the Residual ACT must contact the Admissions Office. 

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Concord University awards credit based on scores earned on the College-Level Examination Program. The University considers scores for credit for both the General Examinations and the Subject Examinations.

The General Examinations are objective tests that measure achievement in five basic areas of the liberal arts: English composition, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences-history. The Subject Examinations measure achievement in specific college courses.

Students must receive satisfactory scores on the CLEP Examination in order to be awarded credit. Additional information on CLEP may be obtained by contacting the CLEP coordinator.

Credit by Examination

Given unique circumstances, a Concord University student may be permitted to obtain credit by examination for a course listed in the current academic catalog. The final decision of whether or not such an examination will be given depends upon approval of the academic department in question, the Dean of the College in which the department is housed, and the Provost.

The student shall make a written application to the appropriate departmental chair in order to explain the reason(s) for the request. If approved at that level, the department chair will seek the consent of the Dean of the College and the Office of the Provost. 

If approval is given for credit by examination, the student is responsible for payment of the $55.00 registration fee to the Student Accounts Office prior to the administration of the exam.  The student must provide a copy of the paid receipt to the department chair prior to the actual administration of the examination.   Additionally, in order to qualify for credit by examination, a student must be currently enrolled in other courses during the semester in which the examination is administered; and, the examination must be completed before the end of the semester in which registration takes place.  At no time will a student be allowed to register for an examination in which registration exists for the same course.  In addition, students testing at the beginning of a semester will not be permitted to register for the course in the same semester, if examination credit earned is insufficient.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Testing

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) is a credit-by-exam program administered by the United States Department of Defense for military personnel on military installations. DSST exams represent 37 subjects in the following broad areas: applied technology, business, humanities, mathematics, physical science, and social sciences. Students must earn passing scores on the DSST exams to be awarded credit by Concord University.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Testing

The GRE subject tests gauge undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, literature in English, mathematics, physics and psychology. The subject-based tests are used by some graduate schools to supplement undergraduate grades and are useful for identifying strengths and weaknesses in specific areas within a discipline. Some schools may require that a subject test be completed along with the general GRE. The tests are administered at Concord University in April, November and December. Concord University also offers services with test takers for disabilities. Fee waivers are available if eligibility requirements are met. For more information on the GRE subject based test, contact the Center for Academic and Career Development or www.gre.org. For information concerning the GRE general test, which is computer based, contact www.gre.org.

PRAXIS Tests (Teacher Certification)

All teacher candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Education must successfully complete PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Students who have successfully completed EDUC 210 , EDUC 301  and EDUC 305 , but who have not successfully passed PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core), must meet with the Director of Teacher Education in order to receive permission to continue taking education courses. Teacher candidates must also successfully complete Praxis II: Subject Assessments (some specializations require more than one subject assessment) and Principles of Learning and Teaching Test (PLT) prior to admission to student teaching. Candidates should consult their academic adviser in Education for information regarding specific tests and required passing scores.


Proficiency Tests

In addition to the American College Test (ACT) that all entering students must take for admission, proficiency tests may be given in some areas (for example, mathematics and music). Students are placed in appropriate courses on the basis of these tests. If there are other subjects in which students have had extensive preparation, however, they may discuss with that department the possibility of proficiency testing to determine eligibility to enter more advanced courses, or they may inquire about taking a College-Level Examination (CLEP) or a Credit by Examination.

SAT Testing (National)

Registration for the national SAT tests can be done at www.collegeboard.org.