Proctored Proficiency Test

For Students Who Live More Than 60 miles from Sinclair's Dayton Campus

Sinclair faculty have developed many proficiency tests that may help you earn credit for specific Sinclair courses through a demonstration of previously acquired knowledge.

Proficiency Testing Policies

  • Proficiency tests are only administered to a student who is officially admittted to Sinclair Community College and has paid the appropriate fees.
  • Testing fees are nonrefundable.
  • Some tests require department approval.
  • A student must have completed all course prerequisites before taking any proficiency test.
  • A proficiency test can be taken only once for any course.
  • A proficiency test cannot be taken for a course in which a student is currently registered.
  • Only 30 credit hours may be earned through proficiency tests, articulated credit, AP, CLEP, DSST, and ACE credit and be applied toward degree requirements.
  • Credits earned by proficiency tests do not apply toward college residency requirements.
  • A grade of A, B, C, D or F will be awarded for proficiency tests. However, only an A, B or C will be recorded on a student's transcript.
  • Proficiency test grades will be recorded on a student's transcript with a notation that clearly indicates grades were earned as a result of taking a proficiency test. For example: A#, B# or C#.
  • Grades for proficiency tests are not always transferable to other colleges or universities.

Proctored Proficiency Testing Procedures

Step 1: Read the Proficiency Testing Policies above.

Step 2: Find out if a test is available for the course for which you want credit.

Step 3: Complete the Proficiency Testing Application.

Step 4: Check your my.sinclair email account for approval of your Proficiency Testing Application.

Step 5: If your application is approved, locate a proctor (exam supervisor) to administer your test. See the Proctor Information and Procedures page for more information.

Step 6: Complete all parts of the Proctor Agreement Form. It may take one or two business days for your request to be processed.

Step 7: Check your my.sinclair email account for approval of your Proctor Agreement Form

Step 8: If your proctor is approved, pay the required fee. You will be sent an email with payment instructions for the course(s) that you have chosen for testing. This fee must be paid before the test(s) can be taken. Fees for proficiency testing may vary depending on the credit hours of the course and the time it takes to administer and evaluate the test. Fees range from $65 to $110. These fees are nonrefundable.

Step 9: Schedule an appointment with your proctor after you receive your proficiency testing instructions via email.

Step 10: Take the test with your proctor. Provide a valid photo ID and a copy of the ID to give to your proctor. Your test results will be sent to Sinclair to be evaluated.


A grade of A, B, C, D or F will be awarded for proficiency tests. However, only a grade of A, B or C will be recorded on your transcript. If you receive a passing grade of A. B or C, it can be viewed on Web Advisor. The grade is posted to the term that the test is taken and graded. If you receive a grade of D or F, you will be notified by the Prior Learning Assessment office via the U.S. mail.

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