Course Challenge or Waiver

You may choose to take a test to challenge or waive a course. To challenge a course, you must earn a B or higher on the test. The grade and one hour of course credit will appear on your transcript.

If you prefer to waive the requirement, you will need to earn a C or higher on the test. Although it fulfills the concept-based component of the Area A.4 General Education requirements, it will not appear on your transcript and does not earn credit hours.

A charge of $50.00 will be applied to your bill for a waiver and an additional $40.00 will be charged for recording a letter grade and the credit.

If you're registered for a class but wish to test out of it, you must take the challenge exam within the first two weeks of the beginning of the semester (see "Nontraditional College Credit" section in the Undergraduate Catalog). If your grade on the exam is not a C or above, you should continue on in the class.  However, if you are not registered for the class or drop it within the first two weeks, you can take the exam any time during the semester prior to test week. 

Procedures for Challenging Computing Courses


To challenge CPTE 100 Computer Concepts:

Before you schedule the challenge exam for Computer Concepts, contact Dr. John Beckett for permission to take the Computer Concepts pre test at He will then give you access to the online pre-test for you to take in the Computing Lab (Hickman Science Center #1303) with a proctor.

  1. Take the Computer Concepts Pre-Test in Hickman Science Center Room #1303 (General Computing Lab).  If you score well above 70, continue to Step 2. If you scored really close to 70, talk to Mrs. Sanchez or Dr. Beckett about how to get your score higher.
  2. Speak to Mrs Kelly Sanchez in Hickman Science Center room #1117 about setting up an appointment to take the paper Challenge/Waiver test.
  3. Show up on the day of your appointment to take the paper Challenge/Waiver exam. Typically your test can be graded while you wait; if not, you'll receive your score within 1 business day.
  4. If you score 80 or better on the exam, you have the option of receiving either a waiver or a challenge for the class. Depending on which option you choose, we will process the form for your credit or waiver. See descriptions of each at the top of the Challenge/Waiver Form here: If you score between 70-80 on the exam, we will complete the form for a waiver.


To challenge CPTE 105 Intro to Word Processing, CPTE 106 Intro to Spreadsheets, or CPTE 107 Intro to Database:

  1. Take a look at the material covered in the courses. Select the Course Schedule information for any of the listed courses to get an idea of the assignments and the material that you should know before attempting a challenge exam.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the instructor.
  3. Complete a "Request for Challenge, Waiver or Validation Examination" form (available from the Records Office or School of Computing office).
  4. Take Exam on day of appointment.

If you have any questions about the procedure outlined above or about challenging another course, please contact the School of Computing office manager at 423.236.2936.  The office is located on the ground floor of Hickman Science Center in the School of Computing office suite.