# Other How can I get the recognition of MITOCW courses?

1. Feb 23, 2016

### Gjmdp

I've audited all the physics courses from 8.01-8.07 on MITocw and ANUx's first year of Astrophysics. I'm profficient un differential equations.
So how can I get and online free bachelor of it? An another thing: does the mit ocw you do are valid for university admission?

2. Feb 23, 2016

You can't get a free online bachelor for those. There are places where you can get certificates of completion for things like the OCW courses on sites like Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/) and edx (https://www.edx.org/); [Broken] however the certificates are not free (they're on the order of $50 per certificate). As far as I know, these certificates don't hold sway for university admission other than it shows dedication to learning; they might look good as an extra mark of education on a resume/CV/linkedin though. Last edited by a moderator: May 7, 2017 3. Feb 24, 2016 ### micromass Staff Emeritus Sorry, but those online things are completely worthless. Feel happy you know the material though. 4. Feb 24, 2016 ### ramzerimar In my experience, MIT OCW courses are great for supplementary knowledege. I took classes in linear algebra at college while watching Gilbert Strang lectures on the subject and it really helped me in the course. There are plenty of computer science classes in there too, and some Calculus. But don't expect to receive any formal recognition for them. They are good for purely knowledge purposes. 5. Feb 24, 2016 ### Gjmdp But, are they useful for university admissions? Or only is useful with certificates? 6. Feb 24, 2016 ### Mondayman Its good you took the time to work through them, that knowledge will benefit you, but it won't help you gain admission by any means. 7. Feb 24, 2016 ### micromass Staff Emeritus They will not help with university admissions at all. Even a "certificate" will be completely useless. 8. Feb 24, 2016 ### jtbell ### Staff: Mentor At a US university, they might receive some small weight for admission, in the same category with other extracurricular activities. However, they won't exempt you from taking their own required courses on the same subjects. The only way to do that is to take the corresponding courses at an accredited college or university and receive official credit for them there. 9. Feb 25, 2016 ### CalcNerd The classes themselves aren't academically worth much. However, the school you attend may, just may, let you take a department exam to test out of the course. That is about all these classes may do is to allow the school to let you take a placement exam or departmental exam (these exams cost$ too, but often much less that actually attending the class).
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But you will need to be enrolled at the school before this option is available (but you should ask if they allow this option).
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What the school's major concern with these programs are that the self taught student believes he may have mastered a subject, but in reality, the student merely attained a surface knowledge without any real depth. But the school may allow you the option of a departmental exam, if your willing to risk taking a costly exam and throwing away your money for a failed exam.

10. Mar 1, 2016

### IGU

That's excellent! Many US universities will give you placement appropriate to your knowledge, usually by taking some sort of placement test. Some will actually give you credit towards a degree. There are other options, like Saylor Academy that are providing open education resources. The trickiest part of that is credentialing (i.e. degrees), a problem which has seen only modest progress.

11. Mar 1, 2016

### Gjmdp

Saylor sounds very well, indeed. So, which exams can prove your knowlegde about a subject. (I'm asking because there might be concepts supposed to be mastered that I didin't knew. It depends in the country and college, I believe)

12. Mar 1, 2016

### Staff: Mentor

In the US, it's up to the individual university or college to decide whether and how to grant official credit for "outside" learning. The only "standard" exams for placement/credit that I know of are the AP exams. Different colleges and universities have different policies on awarding credit based on AP scores. Some colleges and universities may administer their own exams for specific courses, but you would have to check their web sites or contact the individual academic departments about this.

Also note that in the US, your grade (mark) in a course is not determined solely by a comprehensive exam at the end of the course. Instead, it's normally based on a weighted average of mid-term tests, final exam, laboratory work (where appropriate), homework exercises, etc.

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