Advanced Standing Exam Procedures

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Students enrolled in an MA program or a Certificate program may seek advanced standing in the following courses:

  • Bible Survey
  • Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions
  • Christian Engagement with World Religions
  • Church in Historical Context I
  • Church in Historical Context II

Students in the MDiv program and the MTS programs may seek advanced standing in the following courses:

  • Bible Survey
  • Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions
  • Church in Historical Context I or II (not both)
  • Christian Engagement with World Religions

MDiv students are limited to 12 hours of Advanced Standing; MTS students are limited to 9 hours of Advanced Standing; MA students are limited to 6 hours of Advanced Standing.  (Each tests is 3 hours of Advanced Standing.)

Important Note: Full-time students in all programs who seek advanced standing in Bible Survey or Reformed Confessions must take the exam before Gateway to Seminary of their first year. Most full-time MDiv and MTS students who seek advanced standing in Church in Historical Context I will need to take the Church in Historical Context I exam before Gateway of their first year.

Full-time students in the MDiv and MTS program who seek advanced standing in World Religions must take the exam before or during the J-Term testing date of their first year. Most full-time MDiv and MTS students who seek advanced standing in Church in Historical Context II will need to take the Church in Historical Context II exam during the J-Term testing time or earlier of their first year.
Information regarding the Bible Survey exam for EPMC students can be found on the degree requirements page.

Only enrolled students may take an Advanced Standing exam, and the tests must be taken prior to the beginning of the course. A score of 70% is required to pass. Each Advanced Standing exam may only be taken one time. Each test costs $110 (for 2014-15).

CTS will offer four opportunities to take the exams on site, after which all exams will be graded. Testing times will be available every year during the Gateway to Seminary course in August, December, during the January Term and on or around June 1. Students may take any of the tests during these times, and should contact Denise Mokma at least a week in advance to let her know which test they want to take. Exact dates will be announced each year.

Dates for 2014-2015:

  • August 22, 2014 (1:30-4:30 pm, room 242)
  • December 5, 2014 (1:30-4:30 pm, room 242)
  • January 14, 2015 (1:30-4:30 pm, room 242)
  • EPMC & Entering Students only: May 26, 2015 (1:30-4:30 pm, room 242)

In addition, students may take the tests with a proctor (a non-CTS professor, a pastor or a church secretary) at any time, but the tests will be marked at four specific times throughout the academic year, immediately after the exams are taken on site.  It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements and provide the name and contact information of the proctor to Denise Mokma.

**Advanced Standing was formerly referred to as advanced placement or AP.

Study Guides are available to assist students in their preparation for these tests.