Departmental Challenge Exams

Andrews University departmental challenge exams may be considered for students admitted to degree programs who have achieved the course outcomes in non-traditional education settings. Challenge exams are available at the discretion of each department, for courses where standardized exams are not available.

A departmental challenge exam cannot be used to replace failures or other low grades earned in residence including an “F” (Fail), “I” (Incomplete) or “W” (Withdrawal).

  • Contact the department chair to apply for credit by challenge exam for a course offered by the department for which you have prior learning without transfer credit.
  • Expect a decision on your application within two weeks. Arrange to take the exam as directed by the department, within the semester in which approval is given.
  • Request a syllabus for the course you are challenging by exam. Prepare by reviewing all that is listed in the course learning outcomes.
  • Be ready to show a photo ID and sign the Credit by Examination form when you take the exam. Signing the form accepts responsibility for both the recording fee (per credit) and the administrative fee (per exam/test).

Expect a letter or email from the department that offered and graded the exam. The department will complete the Credit By Examination form, including signatures from the faculty who gave the exam, the department chair (if it is in the major), and the school/college dean. When the department forwards the form to the Undergraduate Records Office, the grade is entered, and then the form is sent to the Business Office to charge the student’s account.

A challenge exam request may be considered during the drop/add period at the beginning of a semester. Thereafter, you cannot challenge a course in which are you enrolled.

No. Credits count toward graduation, but are recorded on the pass/fail scale, which is not calculated into your grade point average.  This holds true for all forms of credit for prior learning which are evaluated on the pass/fail scale.