Validating college courses?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by 1mathboy1, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. 1mathboy1

    1mathboy1 Member

    Feb 7, 2013
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    Is it possible to validate college courses by taking a test? For example, I took an online class about electrical engineering (via edX), but no credit was given. But I have gained an understanding in that subject, so I was wondering if I could take a validation test for it. Also, what about subjects that you have self studied? I have an interest in math, and have studied/am studying differential equations, linear algebra, and real analysis. Is it possible for me to take a validation test for those? Also, if it is possible to take a test, when are they administered? During basic training? Before basic? Or before the academic year? Thanks in advance!
  2. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

    Jun 9, 2006
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    No on the engineering. Maybe on the math as everyone takes a math competency exam on-line prior to I Day. Additional testing is provided following induction and prior to acacademic year.
  3. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO 10-Year Member

    Jul 15, 2007
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    The answer is maybe.

    The official policy is:
    It might be possible to talk to the Department Chair and based on your experience/knowledge of the subject (even without college experience) to take a validation exam. Normally, they are a previous semester's final exam.

    If you think you have a shot at validating, it might be worth it. The worst case scenario is the department says you aren't eligible to take the validation test.

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