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Credit by Challenge Examination

An enrolled undergraduate student may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at Cal Poly Pomona. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass the exams successfully. 

To "Challenge" a course, the following conditions must be met:

  • The student is an undergraduate, enrolled during the term of the challenge request
  • If a student pre-registered for the course, the student must drop the course within the first five days of the term
  • The course challenged is not a prerequisite to a course the student has already completed, or in which they are currently enrolled as shown in the University catalog.
  • The student has met all the prerequisites to the course being challenged, as shown in the University catalog.
  • The student has not received credit in this course or an equivalent, similar, or more advanced course.
  • The student has not been enrolled in the course and earned any grade
  • The student has not withdrawn from the course (graded withdrawal) or audited the course
  • The course being challenged has not previously been challenged

Additional Information

  • A course may only be challenged once.
  • Credit acquired through challenge examination may not apply towards resident credit.
  • No more than 36 quarter units may be challenged.
  • Credit by examination is for subject matter in which the student is especially qualified only through non-traditional education or experience.

Process for Petitioning to Challenge a Course

  • Completely fill out the student portions of the "Petition for Credit by Examination"
  • Secure the signatures of your Academic Advisor, Instructor Assigned to the ExamDepartment Chair of the Course, Department Chair of Student's Major
  • Pay required fees per unit to the Student Accounting & Cashiering Services Office (See Form)
  • Take the completed form to the assigned instructor, and take the examination.

Note: Fees subject to change based on relevant and current University policy.