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Challenge Exam

A challenge exam is a practical/performance assessment in which a student demonstrates proficiency in the competencies of a course. The instructor sets up and administers the exam. Individuals may be granted credit for a selected course by requesting and completing a Challenge Exam.​

Challenge Exam Procedure

A student must be accepted into a program before a challenge exam request can be honored. No more than twenty five percent (25%) of the credits required for graduation from a program can be earned through challenge exams.


An Individual requesting a challenge exam for a given course will need to adhere to the following process:

  1. Request in writing (see Request Form) a challenge exam from the instructor of the course. The instructor should notify the academic advisor of this request within forty-eight (48) hours of receiving a Request from a student.
  2. Request can be made as early as two (2) weeks prior to the start of class.  The exam must be administered within the first two (2) weeks of the start of class.
  3. No separate fee will be assessed as long as the student has already enrolled in the course. If the exam is administered prior to registration for the course, then a fee of twenty five percent (25%) of the course tuition will be assessed (similar to proficiency exams).
  4. The instructor completes a competency checklist on the challenge exam performance completed by the student and submits it to the Registrar’s Office (Room ECB113) as record of verification of student achievement. The date of the challenge exam is to be recorded on the documentation submitted. The instructor gives approval for the student to be officially dropped from the class effective the date of the exam.
  5. Tuition will be refunded based on established state refund policies

Registration and Records will record the challenge exam results as vocational credit for the student’s transcript. A grade of “VE” will be assigned, student earns credit toward graduation requirements; but, a “VE” grade is not calculated into the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).