Validation

  1. What is validation?
  1. Does English 5-6 (11th grade) validate English 3-4 (10th grade)?
  1. If a student wishes to validate the entire mathematics sequence (Algebra I and II and Geometry) with a precalculus course, must the precalculus course be a year-long course?
  1. Does Algebra II/Trigonometry validate Geometry?
  1. If a student earns a D in the first semester of Spanish 1, would a grade of C or better in the second semester validate the first semester grade?
  1. Does a C in the second semester of Chemistry validate a D received in the first semester?
  1. If a student gets a D in Honors Geometry and then switches to a regular geometry class for the second semester and receives a B, does that validate the first semester?
  1. How do UC's course validation rules apply to the completion of the 11 courses required for to apply for freshman admission?

 

What is validation?

When a student has successfully completed advanced work (earning a grade of C or better) in an area of sequential knowledge, the student is presumed to have completed the lower-level coursework. Validation can occur with just a semester of higher-level coursework. For freshman applicants, validation applies to courses in mathematics and languages other than English only.

For detailed information about validation and what course validates other courses, see our Validation Matrix [PDF].

For more information about validation of subject requirements by other means, see Options for Satisfying UC's "A-G" Subject Requirements for Freshman Applicants [PDF].

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Does English 5-6 (11th grade) validate English 3-4 (10th grade)?

No. A higher-level English course does not validate a lower-level English course. Validation rules do not apply to English courses.

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If a student wishes to validate the entire mathematics sequence (Algebra I and II and Geometry) with a precalculus course, must the precalculus course be a year-long course?

For applicants for the fall 2015 term and thereafter: All applicants must complete a Geometry course. No higher level courses can be used to validate an omission of Geometry. A student can, however, validate a grade deficiency (D/F grade) in Geometry by successful completion of a higher level course, such as precalculus.

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Does Algebra II/Trigonometry validate Geometry?

For applicants for the fall 2015 term and thereafter: No. All applicants must complete a Geometry course. The omission of Geometry cannot be validated by a higher level math course. A student can, however, validate a grade deficiency (D/F grade) in Geometry by successful completion of a higher level course.

For detailed information about validation and what course validates other courses, see our Validation Matrix [PDF].

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If a student earns a D in the first semester of Spanish 1, would a grade of C or better in the second semester validate the first semester grade?

Yes. A grade of C in the second semester of Spanish 1 validates the first semester. Both grades are used in calculating the GPA for the Scholarship Requirement. This same principle applies to any language/any level course.

For detailed information about validation and what course validates other courses, see our Validation Matrix [PDF].

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Does a C in the second semester of Chemistry validate a D received in the first semester?

The second semester of chemistry does not validate the first. The student must repeat the first semester to satisfy the area “d” laboratory science subject requirement. Validation rules do not apply to science courses.

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If a student gets a D in Honors Geometry and then switches to a regular geometry class for the second semester and receives a B, does that validate the first semester?

The second semester of Geometry would validate the first. However, because the student didn't repeat Honors Geometry, the D would still be calculated in the GPA.

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How do UC's course validation rules apply to the completion of the 11 courses required for to apply for freshman admission?

Proficiency in language other than English: Students who have met their language other than English requirement by completion of middle/junior high school courses or through principal certification (equivalent to the second level of language instruction) will be considered as having completed two courses of the 11-course minimum requirement necessary to apply for freshman admission.

Clearing D or F grades in language other than English or mathematics courses through higher level coursework (validation): When an applicant has successfully completed advanced work in language other than English or mathematics with a grade of C or higher, the student is presumed to have completed the earlier coursework even if they earned a grade of D or F in an earlier course, the earlier courses do not appear on the student's transcript, or the student did not complete lower level courses. In these cases, the applicant will be considered as having completed the appropriate number of courses of the 11-course minimum requirement necessary to apply for freshman admission.

Examples include:

  • A grade of C or higher in Algebra II validates a D or F grade in Algebra I. In this scenario, 2 years of the mathematics (area “c”) requirement will be meet; one year each for Algebra I and Algebra II.
  • A grade of C or higher in Spanish II validates the Spanish I; 2 years of the LOTE (area “e”) requirement will be met, one year each for Spanish I and Spanish II.

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