What is a SSA?

A Self Study Assessment (SSA), is a form of alternative credit offered to expedite your undergraduate degree. This alternative allows you to test out of a class and earn credit by taking an exam. Registration into a SSA grants access to a self-directed study environment in which you can prepare for a final essay and exam through readings, module content, practice quizzes and a pre-test. 

You will be responsible for learning the material on your own so we strongly encourage you to follow the schedule laid out in the SSA syllabus, purchase the suggested textbook, and complete all of the readings. You need an overall score of 70% or higher on the SSA to earn credit. The following components all contribute to your overall score:

  • Pre-test: 2%
  • Practice quizzes: 8%
  • Essay: 15% (timed 60 minutes)
  • Proctored exam: 75% (proctored, 120 minutes)

When you have worked through the pre-test, practice quizzes and essay, and are ready to take the exam, you pay the SSA fee ($250 for a 3 credit SSA) and schedule a virtual proctored exam using your web camera on your computer. We generally recommend that you attempt a SSA for a topic in which you are already familiar. SSAs should not generally be used if you have no prior knowledge of the topic. 

You get two chances to receive a grade of 70% on the SSA, which will be added to your student account as transfer credit. Keep in mind scores from the pre-test, practice quizzes and essay do not transfer from one attempt to the other. If you do not pass the SSA after 2 attempts then you will need to take the actual course instead. 

The first step is to see if you qualify to take a SSA. For more information, please see: What SSAs can I take? and How do I register for a SSA?