​Credit By Exam

Credit by Examination may be granted for proficiency previously accomplished by something other than an accredited institution; for study; travel; or other experiences in College of the Canyons approved courses. Units and grade points earned shall be counted toward the Associate degree. Units earned by Credit by Examination are not considered as part of the student's official program and is not used in verifying unit enrollment for enrollment verifications.
Students interested in challenging a course by examination must meet the following conditions:


Students wishing to receive credit by examination must be in good academic standing or have no academic standing at College of the Canyons and be currently enrolled in a minimum of one course.


Petitions for credit by examination in approved courses must be submitted before fifty percent of the term. Grades for courses taken through credit by examination are due in the Admissions and Records Office by the last day of the semester or term.


Courses taken through credit by examination are subject to A – F grading, unless the course is only offered Pass/No Pass option. Incompletes, withdrawals, or no-pass grades are not allowed.


A second examination may not be attempted for the same course. However, a student may enroll in the course in a subsequent term for credit if the credit by exam produced a substandard grade.


The student must be eligible to take the particular course for credit in terms of any prerequisites and other enrollment requirements.


A maximum of 18 units may be awarded through credit by examination.


Resident, non-resident, and international students will be charged the current enrollment fee at the time of exam plus an additional $9.00 per unit processing fee.  Students will be charged these fees prior to the time the examination is attempted. 


Credit by exam fees must be paid prior to taking the exam. Fees are non-refundable.


The student's academic record shall be clearly annotated to reflect that credit was earned by examination.

The Petition for Credit by Examination is available on the forms page.
For more information, see Board Policy 4235.