Advanced Placement Testing

Advanced placement (AP) exams are considered for transfer credit with a minimum score of a 3 or higher. Official exam score reports from the College Entrance Examination Board have to be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Click here to view eligible AP courses.

SAT Scores

If you submit SAT scores that are <5 years old, you may be waived from taking certain placement tests.

  • A math SAT score of 530 or higher places you directly into college-level math and waives you from taking the math placement test.
  • A critical reading and writing SAT score of 480 or higher waives you from taking the reading placement test.
  • An essay SAT score range of 6-8 places you directly into college-level English and waives you from taking the writing placement test.

All SAT scores should be submitted to Admissions prior to or at the point of acceptance to better facilitate registering for first semester courses.

ACCUPLACER® Placement Testing 

All students , whether they plan to take courses full-time or part-time, are required to take ACCUPLACER® placement tests to determine college-readiness. If you have transfer credits or meet the SAT requirements, you can be waived from taking some placement tests. If you think you’re eligible to be waived, you must submit official documentation to the NHTI Admissions Office prior to placement testing. If you’re not waived, you are required to take ACCUPLACER® before registering for classes.

Contact the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at 603-230-4027 to make an appointment to take any required tests and to register for courses. Please allow a full half-day for testing and registration.

You will not be able to register for courses until you have completed placement testing. Tuition deposits are required prior to registration for those accepted into the following programs: Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing (RN and LPN-RN options), Orthopaedic Technology (degree and certificate), Paramedic Emergency Medicine, Radiation Therapy (degree and certificate), and Radiologic Technology.

Please note: Non-matriculated students and students in certificate programs do not need to complete placement testing.

See how you can prepare for the ACCUPLACER and read our additional FAQ.

Earning Experiential Credit

NHTI offers a number of avenues for students with prior learning to gain college credit. You have to be matriculated into a program of study to request that prior credits or experience be evaluated and applied toward graduation requirements. The following options are available:

You will be granted college credit for military training, experience, or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education. If you are seeking credit for military experience, submit your military transcript to the Admissions Office.

College-level examination programs (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the U.S., helping you earn credit for what you already know. CLEP exams are available in 34 college-level subjects, and NHTI is a CLEP testing center.

Credit by Exam allows matriculated students to receive credit by passing a comprehensive exam of the course material. If you are seeking Credit by Exam, you have to be matriculated into an NHTI program and provide evidence that the course content has been mastered. Consult with your academic advisor to determine eligibility.

Application for Credit by Exam 

The fee is $25 per credit hour. Grades will be either “pass” or “no pass,” with full course credit granted for a grade of “E” (pass). Since a traditional grade (A-F) is not entered, the Credit by Exam is not calculated into your GPA. 

Credit for prior learning gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge you have gained through life experiences and apply it towards credit in a degree/professional certificate/certificate program. To prepare for this option, you will develop a portfolio to be assessed by appropriate college personnel. You have to be matriculated in an NHTI program, and not all programs provide the experiential credit option. You should consult with department chairs, advisors, or program coordinators to determine if experiential credit is appropriate.

If you are a Criminal Justice students who has previous training through Police Standards and Training, County Corrections, the state Corrections Academy, or in-service training, you may be eligible to receive credit for courses in the NHTI Criminal Justice program. For more information, contact the Admissions Office or the Criminal Justice Department. 

View List of Applicable Criminal Justice courses.

Evaluation of credit received from a college or hospital-based program of study in a health-related field may result in advanced-standing credit toward the Health Science degree. You have to have current certification to be eligible. Credentials include licensed nurse assistant, dental assistant (national certification), and paramedic (Elliot Hospital). For more information, contact the Health Science department.