Students may earn credits toward their degree via a variety of nontraditional strategies. Credit may be earned for successful completion of Advanced Placement Examinations (score of 3 or better) administered to high school students by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who have acquired proficiency in a subject may elect to gain credit for that proficiency by satisfactorily completing either the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the DANTES program, both of which are administered by the Educational Testing Service. Credits earned through these programs are treated as transfer credits.
Advanced Placement Tests
Advanced Placement tests typically arrive at DelVal in July. When the registrar's office receives the official score report will AP credits be applied to your record. Students who have AP test scores posted may need to adjust their course selections prior to the start of the term. AP equivalencies are posted here.
Diagnostic Testing and Placement Information
Students are placed into Mathematics and English courses based on SAT and ACT test scores. Diagnostic testing may be recommended for students to determine accurate placement.
It is strongly recommended that students who are required to take two or more of the developmental courses enroll in one or more of these courses prior to coming to Delaware Valley University. These courses may be taken at Delaware Valley University during the summer or at any other post-secondary institution.
English Diagnostic Assessment
All incoming students are required to complete the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 480 or lower are placed in Fundamentals of Writing (EN 0012) 481 or higher are placed in College Writing I (EN 1101)
Exceptions are as follows:
- Students who have received transfer credits in English Composition
- Students who have received a score of 3 or better on the AP English exam
- The SAT and ACT essays are designed to assess the student's preparedness for college-level courses offered by the English department. Based on the results of these exams, the English department will recommend which course is most appropriate for the student. Because the goal of the diagnostic testing process is to maximize the opportunity for success, the student may not register for a course at a level higher than the English Department's recommendation.
Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment
The Mathematics and Physics Department utilizes the SAT-Mathematics section as the primary assessment for determining the best course for an incoming student at the University so that each student’s opportunity for success is maximized. The criteria are as follows:
- Students who score below 500 on the new SAT-Mathematics section will be enrolled in MP 0010, Fundamentals of Algebra.
- Students who score 500 or higher on the new SAT-Mathematics section but less than 640 will be enrolled in MP 1102, College Algebra. Students in this range whose academic programs prefer that they begin with MP 1203, Elementary Functions, or MP 1210, Applied Mathematics, can complete a diagnostic assessment during the Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR) program to determine appropriate course selection.
- Students who score 640 or higher on the new SAT-Mathematics section may enroll in MP 1204, Calculus I, or a lower-level Mathematics course based upon program requirements.
Some exceptions to these criteria are as follows:
- Students who have received advanced placement (AP) credit for MP 1204 Calculus I
- Students who have received transfer credit for a mathematics course taken at another institution and approved by the Delaware Valley University Mathematics and Physics Department as equivalent to MP 0010, MP 1102, MP 1203, MP 1204, or MP 1210.
ACT Placement Scores
· ACT Score 0-16 = MP-0010 Fundamentals of Algebra
· ACT Score 17-24 = MP-1102 College Algebra
· ACT Score 25+ = MP-1204 Calculus