Challenge & Exemption Exams

You can complete some University Core requirements by taking an Exemption or Challenge Exam. Challenge Exams carry credit and a grade while Exemption Exams only fill a requirement. Refer to the University Catalog for more information.

Challenge Exams

Procedure for Challenge Exams Given at the Testing Center

Contact the appropriate department for the exam procedure and content before going to the Testing Center.

  1. Go to the Testing Center (265 HGB). (For testing dates on GE challenge exams, see table in University Core: General Education section of the current class schedule.)
  2. Pay the $20 required fee at the Testing Center.
  3. After the exam is graded and the choice is made to receive graded credit, obtain a Challenge Examination Form at the Testing Center and have it validated there. To accept the grade and receive credit for the course, sign the Challenge Examination Form and have the Testing Center submit it to the Registrar's Office (B-150 ASB). After taking the exam there is a limited time to request that the grade be submitted to receive course credit. The time limit to choose course credit is determined by the department, not to exceed one year. Graded credit will be added to the student's official university transcript, and the progress report will show any GE requirement as fulfilled. (Students taking the Physical Science examination may take the grade or an exemption if their score is 75 percent or above. If their score is between 60 and 74 percent, they may receive graded credit.)
  4. Students enrolled in the course when they pass its challenge exam must also drop the course. Students who drop the class after the add deadline (six class days after a semester or term starts) will receive a W on their transcript for dropping the course. If the course is not officially dropped before the withdraw deadline, the grade given by the instructor based on class performance will appear on the transcript at the end of the semester/term.


Procedure for Challenge Exams Not Given at the Testing Center*

Whether or not students are enrolled in the course they are challenging:

  1. Complete the Challenge Examination Form available from the department.
  2. Arrange with the department to take the exam.
  3. Pay the $20 required fee (per exam) at Student Services (D-155 ASB) and have the form validated.
  4. Present the validated form to the department examiner and take the exam.
  5. Have the grade and credit recorded on the form by the examiner and obtain the necessary departmental signatures.
  6. After seeing the grade, students may choose to have the credit posted to their academic record by signing the Challenge Examination Form and having the department send the completed form to the Registrar's Office (B-150 ASB). The time limit to accept course credit is determined by the department, not to exceed one year from the date of the exam.
  7. Students enrolled in the course when they pass its challenge exam must also drop the course. Students who drop the class after the add deadline (six business days after a semester or term starts) will receive a W on their transcript for dropping the course. If the course is not officially dropped before the withdraw deadline, the grade given by the instructor based on class performance will appear on the transcript at the end of the semester/term.

*For language challenge exams, students should check with the department for instructions specific to the particular language.

Exemption Exams

Exemption exams fulfill a GE requirement, but do not give college credit or affect your GPA. Currently, the Physical Science department offers an exemption exam for PHYS 100. You may contact that department or the Testing Center (265 HGB) to get more information on the procedure for taking the exam.