Advanced Standing

Some courses for which students have completed prior preparation but for which there are not standardized exams are still eligible for credit. In many cases, academic departments offer such exams. The university requires that the basis for the credit be specified (i.e., by exam, proficiency), the score attained on the assessment, as well as the credit hours awarded by successful completion of the exam. Forms for advanced standing are available in the registrar’s office and require approval of an instructor of the course, the department chair or program director, and the registrar. An administrative fee is required for credit to be posted to students’ academic record. Advanced standing coursework is awarded a passing grade and reduces the student’s program requirements as credit is awarded for the equivalent course at the institution.

Portland Seminary allows students to pursue advanced standing for prior college coursework. Specific assessment by examination is required and may not be based solely on completion of college coursework.