Credit by Examination


Exam Date

The next Exemption Exam for ACED 2300 is offered on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in EC 2142. Students must arrive on time!

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: ACED Exemption Exam dates are changing!! From now on, all ACED Exemption Exams will be held during Early Registration, rather than during the first week of the semester.

Content of Test

The test will be composed of three parts taken at a computer: (1) a 5-minute timed writing, (2) an objective test, and (3) a timed production test using Microsoft Word 2010.

  • TIMED WRITING (50 GWAM TO PASS). Two 5-minute timed writings will be taken. The student will submit the better of the two. Corrections are allowed during the timed writing. The minimum score for passing is 50 gwam with a maximum of 7 errors. Current word processing convention calls for ONE SPACE after punctuation at the end of the sentence. The software will count an error if you key two spaces after punctuation at the end of a sentence. The student must pass this part of the test to go on to the second part.
  • OBJECTIVE TEST (70% TO PASS). Fifty questions covering intermediate keyboarding and document processing concepts. The minimum score for passing is 35 correct answers. Only one attempt is allowed. The student must pass this part of the test to go on to the third part.
  • TIMED PRODUCTION TEST (70% SPEED & ACCURACY TO PASS). A timed (1-hour limit) production test with the following types of documents:
    • Business Letters – Know the difference between block style and modified block style. The letters should be attractively placed on the page. The side margins should be adjusted to fit the length of the letter, and when finished, vertically centered. You should be able to place correctly the following features when necessary: mailing notations (such as certified or special delivery), attention line, reference line, subject line, company name in the closing, reference initials, enclosure notation, itemized enclosures, copy notations, and postscript. Also be able to key a two-page letter, including an appropriate heading on the second page.
    • Memos – Know the difference between formatting a standard memo and using a memo template in Microsoft Word. You should be able to place correctly the following features when necessary: reference initials, enclosure notation, and copy notations.
    • Reports – Know the difference between business and academic report formats. Know how to format short and long quotes and paraphrases in APA. Also be able to format in-text citations and a reference page in APA.
    • Miscellaneous Documents – Know how to format a variety of other documents such as resumes, meeting minutes, news releases, itineraries, and agendas. The guiding rule is to make the documents accurate, attractive, and easy to read.

A study guide will be available at the time of the paid registration. It would also be wise to borrow an Intermediate Keyboarding textbook and an APA manual.

Grading and Credit

Students will be required to pass all three parts of the test in order to exempt the class. No graded examination papers are returned to the students. Three hours credit for ACED 2300 will be earned for passing the test. As no grade will be given, hours earned will not affect GPA. Students should check with Financial Aid to see if exempting this course will affect their financial aid.

Test Results

Results of the test will be sent to the student's advisor and the Registrar's Office within three days from the date of the examination.

To Register

Students must pay a $50 fee at the VSU Bursary. The $50 fee is not refundable. Students must present a copy of their receipt at the Department of Adult and Career Education, Education Center 2020, to register and receive access to the study guide. They must show their current VSU ID or a government-issued picture ID at the testing site. Students will be permitted to take the test only one time.

For more information, contact Dr. Vesta R. Whisler at 229-259-5636 or .