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Recognition of Prior Learning



Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

In order to earn a degree from ADPoly, a student must earn credits that fulfill the program requirements for graduation which are distributed among general education requirements (college requirements), major program requirements, and electives, as defined by the study plan for each program. This policy addresses the awarding of credits for the recognition of prior learning. Newly enrolled students at ADPoly may be awarded credit and/or satisfy college requirements in the following ways:
  • Placement examination
  • Challenge examination
  • Nationally and internationally recognized tests (EmSAT, IELTS, TOFEL, SAT, AP, IB, or any other certified exams recognized by ADPoly)
  • Articulation agreement with another institution
  • Transfer course credits from another accredited institution


Placement Examination

Placement exams serve to assess the needs and backgrounds of individual students preparing for college curriculum. Student performance in these exams is used to place entering students at the proper level of study in a given subject by minimizing the repetition of subjects already mastered while minimizing the possibility of students being inadequately prepared for certain courses. Placement exams measure skills in problem solving, as well as general knowledge in a subject field.

Placement exams may be taken before or at the time of matriculation at ADPoly. The test may be taken only once. The placement exams are organized and conducted by the Academic Support Department (ASD) in close cooperation with Student Services. ADPoly has the right to develop placement exams based on the academic needs of its programs. Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE) All students admitted to ADPoly are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) prior to registration of courses. Exam results will be used to place students in the appropriate mathematics course which reflects their math understanding. The ASD at ADPoly uses exam results to check new students’ math knowledge and skills. Hence, students should be placed at the right math level for them. Students will be placed into MATH100 (Pre-calculus) unless they pass the MPE with a score of 70% or higher. At this point, MATH100 will be waived and students will be given permission to register for MATH111 (Calculus I).

Note: The MPE qualifies students to sit for further challenge exams. Students who do not pass the MPE cannot sit for challenge exams for mathematics, physics and/or chemistry.


Challenge Examinations

Credit is available by optional challenge examinations at ADPoly to those students who have already studied certain subjects at the college level (Recognition of Prior Learning). In the case of a course where both experimental and theoretical skills are involved, students may be required to fulfill the laboratory portion. College credit achieved by challenge examination is entered as units of credit on the student’s official academic record. Letter grades are not assigned. Chemistry/Physics Challenge Exams Students can earn credits for physics and chemistry courses according to the policy indicated in Table 1.They can sit for chemistry and physics challenge exams according to the following conditions:
  1. The student must first pass the Math Placement Exam (MPE) or have earned a score on the EmSAT/SAT/AP/IB chemistry or physics exam as indicated in the Test Score Tables 1 and 2).
  2. Next, the student has to pass the chemistry/physics challenge exam with ≥ 70%. The Test Score table (Table 1) provides a detailed list of accepted challenge exams and scores required to earn credit at ADPoly.


Calculus Challenge Examination

Students who passed the MPE or earned a score from nationally or internationally recognized exams as indicated in the Test Score table (1) have the option to take a challenge examination in Calculus I and then Calculus II. The calculus challenge exams must be taken prior to matriculation and may be taken only by new or transfer students in the first semester of their enrollment at ADPoly.


Nationally and Internationally Recognized Tests

Nationally and internationally recognized tests include Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB). Students who request college credit or fulfillment of college requirements for EmSAT, IELTS, TOFEL, SAT, AP, IB and/or any other certified examinations taken in high school (i.e., before a student matriculates in the College) are asked to submit an official valid certification detailing their scores.


Transfer Course Credits from other Institutions

Admitted students to ADPoly might transfer credits courses completed at other accredited (licensed) internal or external institutions for degree credit at ADPoly. Courses and credits earned at other institutions and accepted for transfer at ADPoly will be listed in the student’s transcript and designated with a letter (T). These credit courses will not be included either in student’s GPA or CGPA. Admitted students who are seeking to transfer credit courses must submit their valid attested documents including original credit courses transcript, course syllabi, and/or other evidence to the Student Services Office upon the acceptance at ADPoly by the second week of their first semester. The documents will be evaluated by the articulation committee toward credit course transfer by the department offering the course(s) within two weeks. The transferrable credit courses for undergraduate are courses completed at other accredited (licensed) institutions either with grade of at least C and above (≥ C) or with Pass for Pass/Fail courses only. The maximum number of credit courses that might be accepted for transfer cannot exceed 50% of the total course credits required for graduation at ADPoly.