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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 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, we recommend taking the online practice test

  1. Take the Computer Concepts Pre-Test (link above).  If you 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 the School of Computing office manager or instructor.
  4. Go to the General Computing Lab (HSC room 1303) and request to take the test. No appointment is necessary; just go during regular lab 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. 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 the General Computing Lab (HSC room 1303) 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 at 423.236.2936.  The office is located on the ground floor of Hickman Science Center in the School of Computing office suite.

 

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