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NOVA students must take an SDV course within their first 15 semester hours at the College. This requirement may be met in several ways:

  • Take the course on campus or through ELI (1 credit hour).
  • Use transfer credit from another university version of the course to fulfill the requirement.
  • Pass the SDV ABLE Exam with a score of 38 or better.

About the Exam

There are 50 questions that reflect the course content of SDV 100.

The exam may be taken only one time. First time to college students, ages 17-24, are ineligible to take the exam in their first year. You will receive your score at the end of your exam. Credit will be applied, if appropriate, to your permanent record.

NOTE: If you wish to use the exam results to fulfill the course requirement you should drop the course before the Census Date for a full tuition refund, or no later than the last day to withdraw without grade penalty.