A question about petitioning for credit with AP scores...
I logged onto my UT Direct account to check my test results for course petitioning. My original intent was to petition for credit in RHE 306 (Rhetoric and Writing) using my AP English Language score of 5.
In addition to my AP English Language score, my Writing scores for the ACT and SAT were listed: 30 and 750, respectively. Under the "Credit Status" column for AP English Language and the SAT, there is a message saying "n/a - Please use a different test to claim credit for RHE 306 (RHETORIC AND WRITING)." My ACT Writing score is the only option I have to petition for credit.
The SAT score, I'm not so concerned about... But I'm a little scared because I thought that an AP score of 5 in English Language would be better than an ACT score of 30 in Writing.
My questions are:
1. Should I speak to an adviser about this during orientation? My orientation is next week.
2. Does it really even matter that my ACT Writing score is the only option to petition for credit in RHE 306, considering how it's still credit to begin with? I'm just a bit concerned that my ACT Writing score wouldn't be as 'worthy' as my AP English Language score when petitioning for credit, or something.
It does not matter at all. All of the scores will be sitting there forever. This just has to do with how they programmed their system, which is something like this: their computer programs first scoop up your ACT scores, then your SAT scores, then your AP scores, then your CLEP scores, so their computer programs want you to claim the credit based on what appears first on their test scores hierarchy. Don't worry about it; it shows up on your list of credits earned as credit by exam and doesn't specify which exam you used. (But don't "claim credit" until you talk about it with an advisor at orientation, just in case.)
I'm not following why you have to use the ACT score to petition for the credit. My daughter used her AP Eng Lang score for RHE 306. And it doesn't really matter which test you use to claim the credit.....the only thing that shows up on your transcript is that you HAVE credit for the course, not which test was used to claim it.
That said, you should absolutely wait until you meet with your advisor next week. In fact, it says in bright red letters on the website that you HAVE to meet with your advisor before claiming any credit. You have plenty of time to do this, so don't worry. Nobody is going to make you take RHE 306 if you don't need to.
My daughter found her advising session at freshman orientation to be very helpful.
Does anyone know the deadline for petitioning for credit? My son needs to get credit for the first calculus class, because he has signed up for the second one. AP got the scores to UT on July 31, but they're still not showing up on the UT site. I'm getting a little worried, and I don't even know who to call!
MaineLonghorn--If I'm not mistaken, I believe that incoming freshmen cannot claim their AP credit until the first day of classes. Just to be sure, you may want to contact the testing center. A main student contact number, along with specific individuals, are listed in the link below:
In summer 2008, you could claim credit during orientation. I think they do not need to wait to claim credit and I think that the scores should show up on the UT site by now. This site (part of what txex86 posted while I was composing this message) has a phone number or an email link that you can click on to email a general question - these people would know what you should do next. Information for Current Students
Wow, txex86, thanks so much! So I guess I won't worry about it. That's odd - it seems like they'd want incoming students to claim credit for prerequisites before they start classes. I guess DS will just show up at his calculus class and assume it's OK! And *I* shouldn't worry about it, anyway, because it's his responsibility now!
MTA: MidwestMom, That's interesting. He didn't know his AP score yet during orientation. When the young prince gets out of bed, I will give him the list of phone numbers! The AP receipt shows the name of the woman who received the score, so he could try her first.
Just his SAT scores. But I should add that he didn't request a score report be sent to UT when he took the test, for some reason! So UT didn't receive them until July 31.
Your D was smart!
My S is actually very lucky. He signed up for the second semester of calculus without THINKING, I guess! I was the one who wondered about the missing prerequisite. He said he just assumed he would get a good score on the AP exam, but he obviously had no idea he needed to forward the score to the school. Sigh. It's going to be an interesting year. I'm already steeling myself to repeat the response the orientation people told us to use when there's a problem: "Sorry to hear that. Who are you going to talk to in order to figure out what you should do? Let me know how things work out!"
The staff directory page was very helpful. The general phone number had a message that said, "Call back later," so my son called the woman whose name was on the AP score receipt. She sounded puzzled when he said the scores weren't online yet. She looked into it and told him for some reason the computer didn't associate his name with his UT EID. She corrected the problem and his scores showed up right away! That's a relief. My son also got hold of his advisor, who agreed it was fine for him to place out of the first semester.
Now he just needs to finish packing and cleaning his room!