GRE Subject Tests
There seems to be a growing interest in utilizing GRE Subject Tests for credit. Hopefully this will answer some questions of those who are unfamiliar with these tests.
GRE Subject Test official homepage: GRE Subject Tests Overview
The tests are in eight different subject areas:
*Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
*Literature in English
These tests are traditionally used as an entrance exam into a Master's program in the relevant subject area. They cover an entire major's worth of information in the subject. Some colleges will award credit at the undergraduate level for them.
The three colleges that will accept them for such purposes are:
1) Excelsior College (www.excelsior.edu) awards anywhere from 3 to 30 credits in the subject area. The minimum score to earn credit is the 35%ile for 3 credits. You must score over the 80%ile to collect the full 30 credits. The first 12 credits are lower level, all additional credit earned is upper level.
2) Charter Oak State College (Charter Oak State College - distance learning college, online degrees, courses) awards credit in the subject area at a score of 40%ile. 18 credits are awards for Psychology or Literature. 24 credits are awards for all other subject areas. It doesn't matter if a score of 40% or 90% is made. The credit awarded is the same. The one test they will not accept is the Biochemistry subject test.
3) Empire State College (www.esc.edu) has both the "lowest payoff score" as well as the "highest payoff score." They will award between 6 credits and 36 credits. A score between the 20%ile and 29%ile will get you 6 credits. A score of 96%ile will get 36 credits.
Empire State College does have a residency requirement, but are also fairly liberal in testing policies. The cap on credit-by-exam is 96 credits, (aka 24 credit residency).
Excelsior and Charter Oak both offer degrees that can be tested out of completely. With Excelsior, a high enough score will take care of virtually all the requirements for the major in the subject area. Charter Oak might be the way to go if you want to maximize credits with the GRE Subject Exam, but doubt you can pull out a very high score.
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