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Well-prepared students may qualify to take a test to challenge the below courses. 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.

A charge of $90.00 will be applied to your bill for the test challenge, recording a letter grade and the credit.

No challenge exam may be attempted for a course in which the student has been enrolled beyond the second week of a semester. (see "Nontraditional College Credit" section in the Undergraduate Catalog). If your grade on the exam is not a B or above, you should continue on in the class.

NOTE: University policy states that no course may be challenged as part of the last thirty hours of any degree.

Procedures for Challenging Computing Courses
  • To challenge CPTE 100 Computer Concepts:
    1. Sign up for CPTE 100 Computer Concepts.
    2. In the first week, we give a test which ascertains how much of this material you know already. If you know enough to qualify for a challenge test, you will be counseled to move to the next step, which will be explained to you by the CPTE 100 professor.
    3. The challenge test is administered on paper.
    4. If you are successful, credit is recorded and you drop the course during the free add/drop period. If you drop the class after the free add/drop period, you will be subject to the add/drop fee and will be given a "W" on your transcript.
  • 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.