If you have prior knowledge or experience in a subject area, you can challenge a class. This process is also called "Credit by Examination."
Benefits of Challenging a Course
Instead of taking a class, you can take a test to receive credit and meet graduation requirements. Note: some private institutions will not accept course credit earned through the challenge process.
To challenge a course, the following must apply to you:
- Not currently enrolled in the course
- Have not challenged more than 15 units
- Have not completed or enrolled in a more advanced course
- Are currently enrolled in and will complete at least one course other than the course being challenged
- If you received a grade of D, F, NP, or I in a class, you cannot challenge the class at a later date.
- You cannot challenge a course again to improve a grade.
- Challenge process units do not count toward the 12 units in residence required for the associate degree. They also do not count towards the full-time enrollment for honor roll determination.
How to Request a ChallengeFile a Challenge Petition Form within the first four weeks of the semester or the first week of the summer session.
- Get the form from Admissions and Records.
- Get challenge request approval from both the course professor and the division dean.
- All regulations are listed on the Challenge Petition itself. Note: many courses are not available for the challenge process.
Pay the challenge fees when you submit the petition.
- This fee is the same as the enrollment fee.
- BOGW fee waivers do not cover challenge fees.
- Fees paid are non-refundable.