Saylor Direct Credit

Saylor Direct Credit courses can help you complete your degree with significant tuition savings! We work with colleges and universities to provide zero-tuition transfer credit for many of our free, self-paced, online courses that are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Our Saylor Direct Credit courses help degree-seekers overcome barriers of cost, time, and location.

 

What does it mean to get credit?

Some Saylor Academy courses can be successfully completed and used as transfer credit to colleges and universities from our Degree Completion Partners. The transfer credit will then usually count towards a degree at that college or university. Saylor Academy does not issue degrees. Read more about how to send a record of your completed Saylor Direct Credit course below in the Transcripts section.

Please double-check with your school for details! Even if your school is not an official partner, they may still accept the ACE credit recommendation.

If your school is not on our list of Degree Completion Partners, ask them to contact us about becoming a partner.

 

What is ACE?

The American Council on Education (ACE) is a United States non-profit organization that assesses courses for collegiate level accreditation. ACE has evaluated and recommended the following Saylor Direct Credit courses for transferable college credit.

 

How much does it cost?

The only cost is for proctoring – each Saylor Direct Credit final exam attempt using our automated proctoring service will cost $5 USD. Read more below in the Proctoring section.

 

How do I retake the test?

You can take any Saylor Direct Credit exam up to 3 times total. You must wait at least 14 days between any two attempts. You may only use 1 account to take your exam.

Ready? Here’s what to do:

  1. Find a recommended course.
  2. Double-check with your school that they will accept that course for credit! You can ask your advisor or registrar for more info.
  3. Take the course! Learn, study, and practice by taking the certificate exam.
  4. Pass the Saylor Direct Credit final exam in your chosen course – you can take it at any time with our automated proctor!
  5. For most partners, that’s it! You will be automatically issued a badge through ACE after passing a Saylor Direct Credit final exam. Check our transcripts information below for more details.

Proctoring

We are partnering with SmarterProctoring to help make proctoring more affordable and more accessible – the cost for each exam attempt is only $5, and you can attempt an exam whenever you like. No more scheduling an exam time! Whenever you are ready, click on the “Saylor Direct Credit Final Exam” in a Saylor Direct Credit Course and follow the instructions.

During the exam, we will be recording you, your screen, and the audio in your room. This is an automated proctoring service, but no decisions are automated; our staff only views recordings to make sure it is you taking the exam or to verify any questions about exam integrity. We understand that there are challenges with learning at home – we won’t invalidate your exam just because your child ran into the room!

Requirements:

  1. Desktop or Laptop Computer
  2. Chrome (v74+)
  3. Webcam + Microphone
  4. 1mbps+ Internet Connection

Transcripts

Saylor Academy issues electronic transcripts via Credly. A transcript from Credly, endorsed by ACE, is electronic and free of cost. Through Credly, you can send a consolidated transcript to your college or university that includes the credit recommendations for all Saylor Direct Credit courses you have passed.

You’ll receive a notification from Credly when your credential is available. You will automatically receive a Credly transcript for every Saylor Direct Credit course that you pass within 2-3 days.

If your college or university does require a paper transcript, you can request one here. Paper transcripts usually take approximately 7-10 business days to arrive, depending on your location. If you have any questions about proctoring, transcripts or Credly, contact us at [email protected].