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Credit by Examination

A student may request a challenge examination as a substitute for completing the usual requirements of a course. If the examination is successfully completed the credits received are described as "credits by examination" (policy 42-50).

  • May not be used to earn credit for a course previously completed with a quality letter grade (including courses that were failed).
  • May not be attained on the satisfactory grading system.
  • Credit by Examination may not be possible for some courses.
  • Grades of "C" or above must be attained to receive credit for the course.
  • No notation is made if a grade of "D" or "F" is earned.

Process:

  1. Obtain a Credit-by-Examination Application Form from your college dean, and follow the directions listed on the back of the form.
  2. A $30.00 assessment is made per credit.