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Credit by Exam: AAPPL test

Students enrolled at WKU may also receive credit and fulfill the language requirement on the basis of a departmental examination.

To be eligible to take a departmental examination, a student must be fully matriculated, in good standing, and regularly enrolled at WKU. Credits earned in this manner will be recorded on the student’s official transcript as non-residence credit but will not be considered as a part of the normal semester load in the term in which the examination is taken. A student may not register for a departmental examination for a course while he or she is enrolled in that course. A student may not take a departmental proficiency examination in a course which has been previously taken at WKU or at another accredited institution.

A student desiring to take a departmental examination must complete an appropriate request form in the Office of the Registrar.

  • 270-745-3351 or 3352
  • registrar@wku.edu
  • 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11017
    Bowling Green, KY 42101


A fee of $25 per credit hour must be paid at the time the form is submitted. The form must be submitted to the Registrar prior to the end of the third week of classes in either the fall or spring semesters. The Registrar will notify the department of the student’s request. The department will generally administer the proficiency examination during the seventh week of classes. The professor administering the exam will contact the student to indicate the specific time and place for testing.

After testing has been completed, the department head will notify the Registrar in writing as to whether or not the student demonstrated acceptable proficiency. If the department recommends credit be granted, the semester hours earned will be recorded on the official transcript. However, the credit will not be used in computing the grade point average since letter grades will not be assigned.




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 Last Modified 11/2/18