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High School Learning Experiences

NOVA recognizes several credit for prior learning options available to high school students (AP, IB, Cambridge A Level, Abitur, SAT Subject exams). 

If you completed one of these, you must submit an official copy of your transcript(s) or documentation to a NOVA Campus Student Services Center and complete the online Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form 125-049E. Please visit the College Records Office (CRO) website for more information about the transfer credit evaluation process.

Abitur
Certificate of University Maturity (Zeugnis Der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife)
Subject Score NOVA Course Credits
Biology 1-3 BIO 101+102 General Biology I-II 8
Chemistry 1-3 CHM 111+112 College Chemistry I-II 8
English 1-3 No credit (this is English for non-native speakers) 0
French 1-3 FRE 211 Inter. French Conversation I 3
German 1-3 GER 241 Inter German Composition I+GER elective 6
History 1-3 HIS elective 3
Physics 1-3 PHY 101+102 Intro to Physics 8
Social Studies 1-3 HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I 3
AP

Advanced Placement (AP)
The College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) administers Advanced Placement (AP) examinations that enable high school students to complete college-level courses to demonstrate college-level achievement through examinations and receive college course credit if you qualify when you enter an institution of higher education. CEEB examinations are offered in high schools by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

AP examination scores
Extremely Well Qualified 5
Well Qualified 4
Qualified 3 (needed for NOVA credit)
Possibly Qualified 2
No Recommendation 1

You must have official AP score reports forwarded from ETS to a Student Services Center for inclusion in your permanent record. If you intend to transfer, note that most senior institutions require a minimum score of four. Many senior institutions will not accept a score of three and will reevaluate AP credit. Specific college course credits will be granted for a minimum score of three on the AP examinations according to the following chart:

Courses and Credits
AP Examination NOVA Course Equivalent Credit
Art History ART 101-102 6
Art, Studio (determined by portfolio submitted to campus Art Department)

Biology

BIO 101-102

8

Chemistry

CHM 111-112

8

Computer Science A

CSC 200 (effective Spring 2017; formerly gave credit for CSC 201)

4

Computer Science AB

CSC 200 + CSC 201 (effective Spring 2017)

8

Economics, Macro

ECO 201

3

Economics, Micro

ECO 202

3

English Language & Composition

ENG 111-112

6

English Literature & Composition

ENG 111-112

6

Environmental Science

ENV 100 (prior to Fall 2009)
ENV 121-122 (effective Fall 2009)

3
8

Geography, Human

GEO 210

3

Government & Politics/Comparative

PLS 120

3

Government & Politics/U.S.

PLS 135, PLS 211

6

History, U.S.

HIS 121-122

6

History, European

HIS 101-102

6

History, World

HIS 111-112

6

Mathematics (Calculus AB)

MTH 263 (min. score of 4 or 5 to earn transfer credit)
Or
MTH 261 (min. score of 3 to earn transfer credit)

4

3

Mathematics (Calculus BC)

MTH 263-264

8

Music Theory

MUS 111-112

8

Physics B

PHY 201-202 (under review Spring 2015)

8

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

PHY 201

4

Physics C: Mechanics

PHY 202

3

Psychology

PSY 200

3

Spanish Literature

SPA 233 (3 cr) + SPA elective (3 cr) or SPA 271-272

6

Statistics

MTH 245

3

For World languages, credits will be awarded for the following AP scores:

AP Examination NOVA Course Equivalent Credit AP Score

Latin Language
Chinese Language
French Language
German Language
Italian Language
Japanese Language
Spanish Language

LAT 101 + 102
CHI 101 + 102
FRE 101 + 102
GER 101 + 102
ITA 101 + 102
JPN 101 + 102
SPA 101 +102


10 
8
8
8
8
8

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Latin Language
Chinese Language
French Language
German Language
Italian Language
Japanese Language
Spanish Language

LAT 101, 102 + 201
CHI 101, 102 + 201
FRE 101, 102 + 201
GER 101, 102 + 201
ITA 101, 102 + 201
JPN 101, 102 + 201
SPA 101, 102 + 201

9
14
11
11
11
12
11

4
4
4
4
4
4
4

Latin Language
Chinese Language
French Language
German Language
Italian Language
Japanese Language
Spanish Language

LAT 101 – 202
CHI 101 – 202
FRE 101 – 202
GER 101 – 202
ITA 101 – 202
JPN 101 – 202
SPA 101 – 202

12
18
14
14
14
16
14

5
5
5
5
5
5
5

Cambridge

Cambridge, University of, Advanced Level Examinations

If you successfully completed the University of Cambridge Advanced Level Examinations General Certificate of Education, you will be granted Credit for Prior Learning.

General Certificate of Education
University of Cambridge Advanced Level Examinations
Subject Grade Course Credits
Chemistry A CHM 111+112 College Chemistry I-II 8
B CHM 111 College Chemistry I 4

Economics

C or better

ECO 201+202 Principles of Macroeconomics + Microeconomics

6

English

C or better

ENG 111 + 112 College Composition I-II

6

Physics

C or better

PHY 231 Gen. Univ. Physics I

5

Psychology

C or better

PSY 201 Intro. To Psychology

3

*A grade of “C” at Cambridge is equivalent to a grade of “B” in the U.S.
Effective Spring 2006.

Cambridge Math Examinations
International AS/A levels
Course Track Grade received Credits
Math 9709

One AS level

A, B

MTH 161

Two AS levels

A, B

MTH 167 & MTH 263

Two AS levels

C

No credit

A level

A, B

MTH 167 & MTH 263

A level

C

No credit

Math
9231

A level

A, B

MTH 264 & MTH 245

A level

C

MTH 263 & MTH 245

Pre-U
Course Track Grade received Credits

Math 1347

NA(1/2 of 9794)

D1, D2, D3, M1, M2, M3

MTH 161 & MTH 245

Math 9794

NA

D1, D2, D3, M1, M2, M3

MTH 263 & MTH 245

Further Math 1348

NA(1/2 of 9794)

D1, D2, D3, M1, M2, M3

MTH 264 & MTH 245

Further Math 9795

NA

D1, D2, D3, M1, M2, M3

MTH 264

IB
International Baccalaureate (IB)      

If you completed the Higher Level exams for International Baccalaureate, you will be granted credit for prior learning for these exams. Prior to Spring 2012, a score of four was also accepted, but VCCS policy now requires a score of five or more.

Exams and Required Score
IB Exam Score of 5 Score of 6 and 7
Biology BIO 101 (4 cr.) BIO 101-102 (8 cr.)
Chemistry CHM 111 (4 cr.) CHM 111-112 (8 cr.)
Computer Science CSC 201 (4 cr.) CSC 201-202 (8 cr.)

Economics (HL)

ECO 201-202 (6cr)

 
Economics (SL) Score of 5 or higher ECO 201 (3cr)  
English A1 ENG 111 (3 cr.) ENG 111-112 (6 cr.)
English B ENG 111 (3 cr.) ENG 111 (3 cr.)
French A1 or B 101-102 (no credit) FRE 201-202 (6 cr.)
Geography GEO 220 (3 cr.) GEO 220 + GEO elective (6 cr.)
German A1 or B 101-102 (no credit) GER 101-202 (6 cr.)
History HIS 101 (3 cr.) HIS 101, HIS 112 (6 cr.)
Mathematics MTH 173 (5 cr.) MTH 173-174 (10 cr.)
Philosophy PHI 101 (3 cr.) PHI 101-102 (6 cr.)
Physics PHY 201 (4 cr.) PHY 201-202 (8 cr.)
Psychology PSY 201 (3 cr.) PSY 201-202 (6 cr.)
Social and Cultural Anthropology SOC 211 (3 cr.) SOC 211-212 (6 cr.)
Spanish A1 or B 101-102 (no credit) SPA 101-102 (6 cr.)
Visual Arts ART 131 (3 cr.) ART 131-132 (6 cr.)

You must have an official report of your exam scores sent from the International Baccalaureate Organization to a Student Services Center at NOVA.

For more information:         
International Baccalaureate North America
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 240           
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 212.696.4464
Email: iba@ibo.org
SAT Subject

Credit for prior learning will be granted to students for successful completion of the listed SAT Subject Exams.

SAT Subject Tests
Subject Exam Score NOVA Course Credits
French ≥560 FRE 201 Intermediate French I 3
≥620 FRE 201+202 Intermediate French I-II 6
German ≥560 GER 201 Intermediate German I 3
≥620 GER 201+202 Intermediate German I-II 6
Latin ≥560 LAT 201 Intermediate Latin I 3
≥620 LAT 201+202 Intermediate Latin I-II 6
Spanish ≥560 SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
≥620 SPA 201+202 Intermediate Spanish I-II 6
U.S. History ≥530 HIS elective 3
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