Your forthcoming BA in 4 weeks BSCIS degree guide would be an instant
sale if it were available today, but I guess I’ll have to make do without
it for the time being.
I am not your typical BS-CIS candidate, since I have no professional
experience in the IT industry, nor do I hold any academically recognized
certifications. My training consists of programming courses at a technical
school and an on-line course with an ACE-certified institution (result:
diploma). I do however, possess a broad and in some areas, a deep knowledge
of this field after additional years of studying on my own.
I was able to score 47% and 54% on the ICCP Self-Analysis Tests for
Core and Procedural Programming , respectively (results like that would not
nearly suffice for ICCP’s CCP, but are almost enough to earn their ACP
designation) without any preparation. Also, I came close to passing the MCP
exam on my first (and only) shot.
Unimpressive credentials for sure – which leads me to my question: Is
it feasible for someone with no professional IT experience whatsoever to
obtain a BS-CIS via the proficiency exam route, or would some additional
college courses down the line be necessary?
As I’ve oft
stated, unlike the other degrees in this (BA in Weeks) series, the BS in
Computer Information Systems is designed for practicing professionals and
really does require a deal of hands on experience, in my view, if the exams
are to be negotiated successfully.
Yet . . .
though perhaps a mite unconvincing now, your scores in the core mock
assessment are encouraging for what they may portend, and while your
experience and circumstance do not match the original qualifying
description, they may nevertheless have provided you the necessary
foundation to competently handle the challenge.
The CIS degree
requires 120 semester hours, of which, at least 45 hours must be in CIS. If
completing the entire degree via examination, the ICCP exams comprise an
essential component of the degree CIS core. Vendor exams Microsoft, Novell,
Comp TIA, are only accepted in the applied/professional component. One or
two college proficiency exams can be used to fulfill requirements in the
core (though you may know all this, other readers may not).
WITH RESPECT TO
THE BSCIS, I ALSO STATE IN AN INTRO TO THAT GUIDE:
“The good news
is that those with a broad (though not necessarily, deep) professional
experience/ knowledge base, in the sub disciplines encountered in core,
should have little difficulty in passing the ICCP exams. The vendor exams
however, do require very specific knowledge, but many, set on completing
this degree, will already be CNE and/or MCSE. Those who are not, may want
to consider incorporating these certifications into their proposed degree
structure in a sort of 2-for-1 or 3-for-1 "force multiplier"
approach, comprising college degree, and assorted professional
It seems to me
you’re an apt candidate relative to the qualifying description comprising
the first part of that pontification.