MSTC Test Credit

MSTC Test Credit

Challenge Exams

This is a performance assessment in which a student demonstrates proficiency in the competencies of the course.  A challenge exam is an option available to students for select courses.  The challenge exam is taken after the start date of a course and before 50% of the course meetings have occurred.  This option allows a student to take the final exam for the course. The letter grade earned on the examination is recorded as the final grade for the course and is calculated into the GPA.  Course tuition and fees are not refundable.  Please contact your counselor for more information about challenge exams.

Proficiency Exams

A student is considered proficient in a given area when she/he has achieved a high level of competency in a specific skill or field of knowledge.  Occasionally, students may already possess the knowledge and skills that are the intended outcomes of a particular course.  For these individuals, MSTC offers proficiency exams in select courses.  A student may take a proficiency exam if they are not enrolled in the course or are enrolled but the course has not yet started.  Successful completion of such exams results in the granting of credit for the course and a grade of CE (Credit by Examination).  A proficiency exam may only be taken prior to the start of a course.  A non-refundable fee of 25% of the tuition for the course is assessed for each proficiency exam taken. Please contact your counselor for more information about proficiency exams.  The list of existing proficiency exams is shown below. 

Catalog Number/Course Name

605-105/Elec. Circuits 1
501-101/Medical Terminology
509-112/Pharmacology for Health Careers


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Frequently Asked Admissions Questions


What are official transcripts?

Official transcripts are transcripts with the school's seal sent directly from the school you attended previously.

If I’ve taken the Accuplacer or ACT in the past, can MSTC use those scores?

Yes. The scores can be used if the test has been taken within the past five years.

How does MSTC tuition compare to tuition for a four-year public university?

On average, an MSTC education costs 45% less than two years at a public university.

Is there an Application for Admission deadline?

MSTC continuously accepts applications for admission.

Is there a fee to take the Accuplacer?

Yes. There is a $20 fee to take the Accuplacer.

Do I need to be admitted to a program to take classes at MSTC?

No. Anyone can register for most General Studies classes.

Do college graduates still need to provide high school transcripts?

Yes, but only if your program requires transcripts.

How do I know if I’ve been admitted to a program?

Once you have completed all admissions requirements, you will receive a letter indicating you have been accepted.

I applied to MSTC in the past. Do I need to repay my application fee?

The $30 application fee is a one-time fee.

When can I take the Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer is offered on a daily basis

How do I apply to a program?

Click on How to Apply above to get started!

Do I need to take an entrance assessment to be admitted to MSTC & my program?

MSTC requires most new students to complete the Accuplacer prior to acceptance into a program.

Will a GED or HSED be accepted in lieu of a high school diploma?

Yes. Contact the institution that awarded your GED/HSED and have them send your test scores directly to MSTC.

MSTC needs a copy of my transcripts. Can I send a copy of the one I have?

No. MSTC requires all transcripts to be official.