The Advanced Credit program offered through the College of
Agriculture is based on student learning outcomes and performance through a
college-led assessment process.
This will permit Indiana students to complete a prescribed
course of study, learn the material, and take an examination in an effort to
earn credit in a specific College of Agriculture course. Students who
successfully master the course learning outcomes, pass this examination, and
are matriculated to any Purdue University campus, will earn credit for the
course(s). Students not
planning to matriculate to Purdue University will have a student record (Purdue
transcript) created only for the purpose of awarding the Advanced Credit that
can then be applied as Transfer Credit to another institution.
Students interested in pursuing Advanced Credit through the
Purdue University College of Agriculture must be enrolled high school students
in the state of Indiana. Students are encouraged to have completed high
school Biology and Chemistry, as these skill sets will aid the student in
successful pursuit of the advanced credit. Purdue
University places no expectation upon high school Agriculture teachers to
provide instruction for the ACE Program. Students enrolled in high school
Advanced Life Sciences courses may elect to participate in the ACE Program, but
please know that the course materials for the ACE Program are not aligned with
the high school curriculum.
1. Students request
access to the Advanced Credit website below, including selecting their
preferred examination location.
2. Students will receive
an email within 5 business days that provides them access to the
materials from the Advanced Credit website.
study the materials provided and prepare for the exam.
to Students: This is a SELF-STUDY program. You are expected to
review the materials and prepare for the examination individually.)
complete examination on registered date at designated testing center.
receive confirmation from Purdue University College of Agriculture of
examination results. If credit is earned, instructions on how to
request a Purdue University transcript will be included.
FAQs & Helpful Tips
are the dates for the 2019 Advanced Credit Exams?
March 19, 2019 at 1-2:30pm
April 8, 2019 at 4:30-6pm
April 10, 2019 at 10-11:30am
April 13, 2019 at 10-11:30am
- Where does the exam take place?
The 2019 exams will
take place on Purdue’s campus in Pfendler Hall, room 241. The exact address is
715 W State St, West Lafayette, IN, 47907.
a student have to attend Purdue University to receive credit for the
Advanced Credit Examination?
No. All students who successfully pass the ACE Program will receive
credit on an official Purdue University transcript.
these credits transfer to other institutions (outside of Purdue
It is the responsibility of the student to contact the institution to
determine if these credits will transfer to their selected institution(s).
All credits earned through the ACE Program will be posted on an
official Purdue University transcript.
does the student request a transcript?
Students who successfully earn credit will be notified by the
ACE Program Coordinator, and instructions will be provided.
a student attempt multiple Advanced Credit examinations?
A student may attempt an ACE Program examination for any/all of the
Purdue University courses offered. However, a student may only
attempt one exam per examination date.
a student repeat an examination?
No. A student may not take an exam more than once (regardless
of year). This follows existing Purdue University policy and
practice with comparable types of advanced credit testing.
- What score do students need to
earn in order to pass the Advanced Credit examination?
Depending on the exam, students
must earn a minimum 65-70% on the ACE Program exam to earn credit.
this dual credit?
No, Advanced Credit is not dual credit. These exams are
not tied to a high school course curriculum, and do not require that the
student be enrolled in a specific high school course. Purdue
University does not expect, nor require, that High School
teachers provide any instruction to students in regard to the
Advanced Credit Examination Program. Advanced Credit examinations
are open to all Indiana high school students, regardless of enrollment in
a high school agriculture curriculum.
- How do students become eligible to participate?
Students must complete the interest form below. Only those students who
receive direct communication from the ACE Program Coordinator are eligible
- How long does it take to prepare for the examination?
The courses offered through the ACE Program are full-semester (16 week) courses
at the Purdue University campus. Students should plan to spend adequate
time to prepare for success – early registration is strongly encouraged to
allow adequate preparation time for the exam.
students receive notifications from Purdue University?
Students will be contacted within five (5) business days of form
submission to confirm registration and gain access to teaching materials
online. They will also receive emails on a monthly basis with
reminders and helpful tips for success. They will also receive an
exam reminder typically 1-3 days prior to their scheduled exam.
is the timeline for the ACE Program?
1 through Feb 1 - Students may sign up for the ACE Program and receive
access to course materials
Mar 1 - Deadline for registered students to submit $55 exam fee
Late March through Late April – ACE exams take place on various dates
May 1 – Students will
be notified of their score
Early to mid-summer –
Students who passed ACE will be able to request transcript of course credit
- How much does Advanced Credit cost?
$55.00. Starting August 2017, Purdue University has implemented a fee for any
non-Purdue student wishing to take a “credit by examination” exam; this
includes the Advanced Credit Examinations that high school students take.
Although the three ACE courses offered through Purdue Agriculture remain
free of charge for the students, there is now a university charge of $55.00
non-refundable fee to take the exam. After
the application closes on February 1, 2019, those students that have applied
will be generated a bill. Students will need to pay the examination fee before
they are allowed to take the Advanced Credit Examination. Below, you will
find the excerpt from the University on the new testing few: “The
University provides credit by examination services for current and admitted
Purdue students and non-Purdue students. Most of these tests [including ACE]
have been free of charge and departments have been absorbing the cost of
administering the exams. The purpose of establishing a fee is to assist the
colleges/units who administer the exams recover some of the cost associated
with hiring staff to proctor the exams. Colleges/units will likely be
subsidizing the rate based on actual costs.”
Any questions related to the Purdue University College of
Agriculture Advanced Credit program may be addressed to:
The Advanced Credit Examination (ACE) program, offered through
Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, is open only to Indiana high
school students. ACE is based on student learning outcomes
and performance through a college-led assessment process. This will
permit Indiana students to complete a prescribed course of study, learn
the material, and take an examination at the end of the academic year, in
an effort to earn credit in a specific College of Agriculture course.
Students who successfully master the course learning outcomes and
complete this examination, and are matriculated to any Purdue University
campus, will earn credit for the course(s). Students not planning to
matriculate to Purdue University will have a student record (Purdue
Transcript) created only for the purpose of awarding the Advanced Credit
that can then be applied as Transfer Credit to another institution. Deadline
to register is February 1, 2019.