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Advanced Placement Credit

FDTC may award credit for FDTC courses to students from area high schools for technical coursework completed as part of the high school curriculum through the college’s Career and Technical Advanced Placement program. Advanced Placement Credit serves to provide a seamless transition from secondary to post-secondary education, reduces unnecessary duplication of courses, and enables students who do well in technical high school courses to save time and money while pursuing a college degree, diploma or certificate. FDTC and area high school faculty have worked together to identify and document required course competencies, testing methods and levels of achievement. High school students who successfully complete specific Career and Technology Education courses while in high school and who demonstrate mastery of college course competencies (through written or practical examinations) are awarded exemption credit toward a FDTC program. To receive credit, students must have earned a grade of 85 or higher on the examination. Here is a list of the required scores.


Proficiency Tests/Credit by Examination

Credit by Examination is offered in certain courses to those students who, because of their demonstrated abilities, are qualified to accelerate their studies. Applications for such examination are made to the Department Head of Curriculum office at the time of enrollment. Only those courses listed in the current catalog which are approved for credit by examination may be taken for credit, and only in the amount of credit listed.

To obtain credit by examination, the student must do the following:

  1. Register for the course, pay tuition and fees of $25.00 per credit hour, and take a proficiency examination with the Department Chair of Curriculum.
  2. The Department Head of Curriculum will determine which course offerings may be completed through credit by examination.
  3. Students who are planning to take a sequential course should take the exam prior to the beginning of the semester.  

High School Articulation Agreement

Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) has an articulation agreement with various local High Schools in South Carolina. FDTC is a participating college. In accordance with this agreement, (High School) students may receive college credit for course work completed in the high school toward an Associate in Applied Science in Engineering, Automatic, Machine Tool Technology, and Business Programs. Academic program managers follow the processes for awarding experiential learning credit by referring to the Articulation Agreement. Here is a list of participating high schools.

  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Technologies
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Computer Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Administrative Office Technology
  • Welding 


College Level Exam Program (CLEP) 

The College grants up to 16 semester credit hours, but no more than one-fourth of the total hours required to complete curriculum to students’ academic credit based on an examination under the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP and DANTES), with a score of 50 or above for select subjects. The student must request that the Official CLEP/DANTES exam scores be sent to the College Registrar. CLEP or DANTE exam scores submitted from the testing agency will be reviewed by the Department Chair and the Registrar. Appropriate course credit is awarded based on the score and the student’s program of study. Here is a list of the required scores.

International Baccalaureate

Florence-Darlington Technical College awards college course credit for satisfactory scores on higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) examination to assist you in reaching your academic goals. Students who have completed courses and the tests in the International Baccalaureate Program must have their scores sent to the Office of Registrar for evaluation. The college grants no more than one-fourth of the total hours required to complete curriculum for (IB) credit.
Here is a list of required the scores. 

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