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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 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 it 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 2 weeks, you can take the exam any time during the semester prior to test week. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Challenging Computing Courses

 

How do I challenge CPTE 100 Computer Concepts?

Before you schedule the challenge exam for Computer Concepts, we recommend taking the online practice test at the link below:

  1. Computer Concepts Pre-Test

 

1.  Take the Computer Concepts Pre-Test (link above).  With a score of at least 70, continue to Step 2.

2.  Complete a "Request for Challenge, Waiver or Validation Examination" form (available from the

     Records Office or School of Computing office).

3.  Give the completed form to School of Computing office manager or instructor.

4.  Go to General Computing Lab (HSC 116) or McKee Library and request to take the test. 

     No appointment is necessary; just go during regular lab (HSC Lab hours) or library hours.

 

Your test score will be emailed to the instructor, and we will process the form for your credit or 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.  Click here: Info on Computer Skills 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. Complete a "Request for Challenge, Waiver or Validation Examination" form (available from the

    Records Office or School of Computing office).

3. Schedule an appointment with the instructor or School of Computing office manager.

4. Go to General Computing Lab (HSC 116) and request to take the test.

 

If you have any questions about the procedure outlined above or about challenging another course, please contact the School of Computing office manager (423-236-2936).  Her office is located on the ground floor of Hickman Science Center in the School of Computing office suite.

 

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