The frequently asked questions (FAQ) below are also available as part of our Earn College Credit guide -- an important resource for the most complete and up-to-date information. When in doubt, check with your school(s)!
Do I have to take the entire course? Can I just take the exam?
Taking the course is very much recommended, but not required – your recommendation for college credit is based entirely on passing the proctored exam.
What is a passing score on the exam?
Like our certificate exams, a passing score is 70%. We recommend that you take the certificate exam one or more times as preparation and so that you will better know what to expect from the proctored exam.
How much does everything cost?
- Our courses and certificate exams are completely free of cost – no tuition and no fees for materials
- Each exam attempt with ProctorU costs $25 USD
- Obtaining your transcript from ACE CREDIT carries a one-time fee of $20 USD. Each additional transcript from ACE CREDIT is $15 USD (source)
- There are currently no fees for obtaining your paper transcript from Saylor Academy, although we invite you to make a small donation to help offset our administrative costs
- Although somewhat unusual, individual schools may charge fees to transfer in credit.
What are NCCRS and ACE?
These are independent organizations that have evaluated a selection of our courses and exams and then recommended that students completing those exams should receive college credit. Both organizations maintain large networks of colleges and universities, primarily located in the United States, that agree to consider their recommendations.
What schools offer credit for these courses? How do I find out if my school will recognize these courses?
Both NCCRS and ACE have large networks of colleges and universities that have agreed to consider their recommendations in granting credit for students, and Saylor Academy has a number of partner schools that have committed more strongly to recognizing credit. Please see the “Recognition of Credit” section above for links and details.
Do I have to take a proctored exam?
Yes. To sustain the recommendation for credit and to maintain the integrity of our proctored exams, we must hold students to particular testing conditions.
Can I take the exam more than once?
Some exams have a limit of three attempts (noted on the entrance page for the exam). There is a two week waiting period between attempts and each attempt will incur the $25 USD proctoring fee if using ProctorU.
I see more than one exam – which one do I take?
The credit-recommended exams are labeled “Saylor Direct Credit Final Exam” to distinguish them from our regular certificate exams.
Will the proctored exam be the same as the regular certificate exam?
The proctored exam will be similar to, but not identical to, the certificate exam for the same course. Each exam is built to test the same learning outcomes. Each attempt of either exam will be different from other attempts, as the exam you take at any given time will pull semi-randomly from a larger pool of test questions.
Do I need to use ProctorU?
Using ProctorU is a direct and convenient method. You can arrange to test with an in-person proctor or at a testing center, however. See the “Proctoring” section above for details.
What should I expect on “test day”?
When you are ready to start your exam, after connecting with your proctor, you will log into the Saylor Academy site and navigate to the exam. Proctored exams are password protected; when prompted, your proctor will enter the password. Once you have started the exam, you have two hours to complete and submit your answers. You will find out your score immediately.
Will I get a letter grade?
Your exam score, as a percent, is your grade for the course. Saylor Academy does not convert these into letter grades. The recommendation for credit is made on the basis of passing your exam with 70% or higher. The school you transfer credit to may or may not issue you a letter grade, but typically our credit transfer partner schools will grant credit on a pass/fail basis. Check with your school(s) to find out their policies.
What courses will appear on my transcript?
If your transcript is sent by Saylor Academy, you will have the option to include all or only some of the courses for which you have passed proctored exams. That is, if you have passed three proctored exams, you can include just one, two, or all three courses on the transcript.
How long will it take for my school to receive my transcript?
We usually process and mail transcript requests on Tuesday and Fridays. First class mail usually takes 2-3 days to reach a US destination from Washington, DC. Depending on when you submit your request, please plan for up to 7 days for your school to receive your transcript. Note, too, that it may take time for the recipient school to process the transcript as well.
Can I get credit for “X” course?
The only courses that we have widely, explicitly connected to college credit are those listed in this guide. We intend to seek additional recommendations in the future, and there are additional options for college credit you may wish to look into; see the section “Additional College Credit Options” below for details.