Evaluation Of Non-traditional Learning

General Information 

Mendocino College recognizes that people have equivalent learning experiences in many non-traditional learning experiences. Policies for providing such evaluations include: Credit by Examination, formal military service schools, and military service.

The Office of Admissions and Records will evaluate all non-traditional school credit upon a student's admission to Mendocino College and submission of the appropriate documents. The maximum credit for all non-traditional credit accepted by Mendocino College may not exceed twenty-four (24) semester credits.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should note that non-traditional credit accepted by Mendocino College may not be acceptable to the transfer institution. It is advisable to check with the college you plan to transfer to for their policies on non-traditional credit. Re-evaluation at the four-year institution may be of advantage to the transfer student since upper division credit may be allowed.

Formal Military Service Schools

Elective college units may be allowed for the successful completion of college-level training in formal service schools as recommended by The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. Veterans should bring copies of all documents relating to their military training to Admissions and Records.

Military Service

Mendocino College will grant six (6) elective units for military service if the person has: (a) spent at least one year in active service, and (b) has not received a dishonorable discharge. Active duty personnel should submit a copy of DD Form 295 (veterans submit DD214) to the Office of Admissions and Records for evaluation.

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP Exams)

Mendocino College grants credit for successful completion of examinations of the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. Students may earn credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in which they earn a score of 3, 4, or 5.  A complete listing of the number of units and how they meet specific academic content requirements is available here. Scores are submitted by the student to the Admissions & Records Office for evaluation.  

Credit by Examination


Credit by Examination may be granted only:

  1. To a student who is admitted to Mendocino College.
  2. To a student who has not earned college credit in more advanced subject matter
  3. To a student who has met identified prerequisite(s)/corequisite(s).


  1. The student’s academic records shall be clearly annotated to reflect that the units and grade were earned by examination.
  2. Units earned under credit by examination shall not be counted in determining the 12 semester units of resident credit needed for Associate Degree.
  3. Units earned under credit by examination are not considered part of the student’s official program and will not be used for registration certification to Social Security, the Veterans Administration, or similar agencies.
  4. Credit by examination can only be taken for a letter grade with the exception of those courses designated for pass/no pass only. Courses taken for credit by examination meet major requirements, except those courses designated pass/no pass only.
  5. Courses where credit by examination is earned may not be repeated for credit by classroom attendance unless a substandard grade is earned (D, F or NC.) A grade of incomplete may not be assigned.
  6. Each course designated may be challenged only once. Please click here for a list of currently approved courses.
  7. A maximum of 12 units of credit may be earned by examination.


  1. Student obtains Petition for Credit by Examination and completes Steps 1 and 2.
  2. Student submits form to the Office of Admissions and Records for verification and payment of fees.  Payment in full is required at this time.  Fees are the same as the enrollment fee set by the California State Legislature.  Please review the current schedule of classes or Mendocino College website (http://www.mendocino.edu/admissions/registration/fees) for current fee information.
  3. Admissions and Records Staff will forward the form to the Dean of Instruction for review.  If approved, the form will be forwarded to the Instructor.  If denied, the form will be returned to Admissions and Records and the student will be processed a refund of the paid fee.
  4. Instructor will contact student to schedule exam (if not already done in prior meeting), and once exam has been proctored will assign a letter grade (with the exception of those courses designated for Pass/No Pass only), indicate the final grade on the designated area of the petition along with the date and their signature, and return the petition to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  5. The Office of Admissions and Records will post the assigned grade which be available to the student in Self-Service.
  6. A copy of the petition will be retained (scanned) in the Office of Admissions and Records.