Credit by Examination

You can receive credit by examination by completing the challenge exam. If you are considering asking for credit by examination you have to begin the process way before the student registration period. All examinations must be completed no later than the last day of the registration period prior to drop/add. Students should be aware that many colleges will not accept transfer credits earned through credit by examination. Financial aid/veteran’s assistance is not available for credit by examination courses. Refer to the current college catalog, Credit by Examination on page 37 for more information.

For those classes for which credit by examination is appropriate, Coastal Carolina Community College will grant credit to any student who successfully completes a challenge exam in lieu of regular class participation. The student seeking to receive credit by examination must secure a Credit by Examination form (located at the Registrar’s Office), schedule an appointment with a full-time faculty member in the department concerned, and explain the reasons and/or justification for the request. Since some exams may take considerable time to coordinate and prepare, the student is advised to initiate the process well before the semester in which he/she intends to receive credit. All examinations must be completed no later than the last day of the registration period prior to drop/add. If the faculty member and the Division Chair approve the request for credit by exam, the student will schedule the examination with the Division Chair. The student must register and pay any required tuition charge. The faculty member(s) administering the examination will report the results to the Director for Admissions and Data Management Services/Registrar, the Division Chair, and the student.

If a student is unsuccessful in an attempt to challenge a course, he/she must take the class in order to receive credit. One challenge attempt per course is allowed. Standardized tests will be used when available and appropriate. If standardized tests are not available, local tests, prepared by faculty within the discipline, will be used. National norms, usually available for standardized tests, will be considered in determining whether or not the student has performed satisfactorily on the test. On local tests, a grade of 77% or higher will be required for passing the test. For courses which require specialized and/or manual skills, examinations will include demonstrations of those skills.

Credits earned by examination are considered in the same way as transfer credits and are not used in the computation of the student’s grade point average.

Students should be aware that many colleges will not accept transfer credits earned through credit by examination. Financial aid/veteran’s assistance is not available for credit by examination courses. Credit by examination is not available for all courses, i.e., some courses cannot be challenged.