What is an 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 for 16 weeks in which you can prepare for a final essay and exam through readings, module content, practice quizzes and a pre-test. 

Important Note: The SSA study environment does not include access to a CSU Global instructor.  As implied within the title of this option, this is a 100% self-guided process.  Students who wish to have, or need the assistance and guidance of an instructor are encouraged to complete the credits through the traditional 8 week course.   

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 by the end of the 16 week SSA course. 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)

An SSA Fee of $250 will be charged to your account at the beginning of the SSA course which allows you two attempts at the final exam within the 16 week time period for the course. When you have worked through the pre-test, practice quizzes and essay, and are ready to take the exam, you 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 (all portions), which will be added to your student account as transfer credit. If at the end of the 16 week term you do not have a 70% on the SSA (all portions) a grade of U will be posted and you will be required to take the full course. 

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?

Please note that SSA's are considered to be a form of non-traditional credit and a student can have up to 60 credits come from a combination of all non-traditional sources. Additional information about credit limits can be found here.