Proficiency Exams

BLDG. 13; ROOM 214

Sinclair faculty have developed proficiency exams for many courses. A learner who can demonstrate knowledge and ability in a particular subject area may earn credit for specific Sinclair courses without enrolling in them. This is done by taking an examination or by demonstrating a level of skill evaluated by the appropriate academic department. The fees for testing vary from course to course and range from $80 to $110 per exam.

Tech Prep students should contact Jess Moore, Program Manager, Tech Prep at 937.512.5141 for additional information.


  • A proficiency exam cannot be taken until a student is officially admitted to Sinclair Community College.
  • Credit by exam requires departmental approval.
  • A student must have completed any course prerequisites before taking any proficiency exam.
  • A proficiency exam can be taken only once for any course.
  • A proficiency exam cannot be taken for a course in which you are currently registered.
  • A grade of A, B, C, D or F will be awarded for proficiency exams; however, only an A, B, or C grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
  • No more than 30 credit hours may be earned through proficiency exams, articulated credit, AP, CLEP, DSST, ACE credit and applied toward degree requirements.
  • Credits earned by proficiency exams do not apply toward the college residency requirements.
  • Proficiency exam fees are non-refundable.
  • Proficiency exam grades will be recorded on the student’s transcript with a notation that clearly indicates grades were earned as a result of taking a proficiency exam. For example: A#


  1. Find out if a test is available. Click here to view a list of courses available for proficiency exams. Contact Prior Learning Assessment Programs at 937.512.2800 to inquire about a particular course that is not on the list.
  2. Complete the required paperwork. Both forms (Application to Test and Statement of Policies) are available in Room 11-346. The Design Department requirements include a portfolio presentation AND a written essay (approximately 1000 words) as to why you believe that you can proficiency from the course. Specifically address the course objectives as outlined within the master syllabi. Give detailed examples.
  3. Pay the required fee. Costs for proficiency exams vary depending on the credit hours of the course and the time it takes to administer and evaluate the exam. Fees range from $80 to $110. Please note that the exam fee is non-refundable.
  4. Contact the evaluator and set up the exam. You will be notified with the name and contact information of the Sinclair faculty member who will administer the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for the test.
  5. Notification of grade. Grading and posting may take up to two weeks. If you receive a passing grade (C or better), it can be viewed on Web Advisor. If you do not receive a passing grade (C or better), you will receive a letter from Prior Learning Assessment. Grades are posted to the semester in which the test is taken and graded.


If you are a Tech Prep student or faculty member who needs specific information regarding Tech Prep proficiency, contact Jess Moore, Program Manager, Tech Prep at 937.512.5141 or contact one of the following faculty members listed below.

Course List for the Tech Prep Initiative

VIS 1100 Design Basics – 4.0 Credit Hours
Introduction to the fundamentals of two dimensional and three dimensional designs. Student will apply critical and creative thinking techniques to applied projects that will explore the use of conceptualization, color, typography, image, modeling, and applying the fundamentals of design.
Proficiency Test Criteria [PDF]
Contact: Kyle C. Fisk – 937.512.2351 –

VIS 1110 Design Drawing – 4.0 Credit Hours
Introduction to design drawing techniques as applied to visual communications, including stylization, perspective, shading, and rendering.
Proficiency Test Criteria [PDF]
Contact: Jeanine Kincheloe – 937.512.4507 –

VIS 1140 Design Processes I – 4.0 Credit Hours
Introduction to the design development process, including hand sketching, creation of thumbnails, computer illustration, imaging, photo manipulation, page layout and composition techniques using industry-based software.
Proficiency Test Criteria [PDF]
Contact: Adam J. Thompson – 937.512.2771 –

VIS 1250 Print Production – 4.0 Credit Hours
This course will provide the fundamentals of the various printing processes. It will include digital prepress techniques used to prepare layouts for the different processes used in the industry.
Proficiency Test Criteria [PDF]
Contact: Amanda Romero – 937.512.2366 –

Course Competencies

A PDF file detailing the course competencies for the four courses listed above can be found here.