Advanced Standing Tests

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; Certificate students are limited to 3 hours of Advanced Standing.  (Each test is 3 hours of Advanced Standing.) 

Students must complete the Bible Survey exam in the first year of their studies.  All other exams must be taken nine months prior to your expected graduation date. 

Information regarding the Bible Survey exam for EPMC students can be found on the EPMC handbook.

Only enrolled students may take an Advanced Standing exam. A score of 70% is required to pass. Each Advanced Standing exam may only be taken one time. Each test costs $128 (if graded in 20209-2021). A student’s account is billed when the test is submitted for grading.

Calvin Seminary will offer four opportunities per year to take the exams on site (August, November, January, and May), safety permitting. The dates are:

  • August 28, 2020 (1:30-4:30, Computer Lab/Quiet Study)
  • November 20, 2020 (1:30-4:30, Computer Lab/Quiet Study)
  • January 15, 2021 (1:35-4:35, Computer Lab/Quiet Study)
  • May 7, 2021 (1:30-4:30, Computer Lab/Quiet Study)

Even if we do not have on-campus proctoring, exams will be submitted for grading on those dates. Please consider having an off-campus backup, in case things change rapidly, and we are unable to offer the on-campus option.

In addition, students may take the tests with a proctor (a non-Calvin Seminary professor, a pastor, or a church secretary) at any time off campus, but the tests will be marked only four times a year – immediately after the exams are taken on site.  It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements. The seminary will email the test to the proctor, who will return it by fax or email.

All students must apply to take an Advanced Standing exam at least one week before the date of the exam using this link: Apply here (you must be logged in to your CTS email). Please note that applications will be reviewed after the deadline, so if you are taking an on-campus exam, you will receive a response in the week prior to the exam.

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

For more information email the Academic Office: