Challenge a Course
Challenging a University course allows you to earn college credit by demonstrating sufficient knowledge of the course material without attending the class or completing the coursework.
If you’re interested in challenging a course, here’s what you need to know:
- This option is beneficial to students who already have knowledge equivalent to university courses, and who attended a school with limited transferability.
- You can challenge a course by taking the final examination for the course with the approval of the department chair and director of admissions.
- Challenge exams are offered on a credit/no-credit basis and no grade is recorded for the course.
- You will not be awarded credit if the course content is duplicated by previous course work or exams taken, or if you’ve earned higher-level course credit of similar content.
- You cannot challenge a course in order to earn university credit for material learned in high school, or classes previously failed or classes you’ve withdrawn from.
- The associated academic department determines which courses are open to challenge and who can do so.
- Students must contact the Office of Admissions for appropriate forms, and pay the $50 fee prior to the examination.
- International students must have authorization from the International Office of Admissions (250 Student Services Building) and departmental approval before taking a challenge examination.
Procedure to Obtain Credit by Challenge Examination
- Pick up the Petition for Credit by Examination from the Office of Admissions on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Building.
- Obtain permission from the department chairperson and have the chairperson sign the Petition for Credit by Examination.
- Have the department write its account number on the petition before paying for the examination.
- Pay $50.00 for each petition at the cashier’s window in Room 150 in the Student Services Building.
- Attach the receipt or a copy of the receipt to the petition (credit will not be awarded without the receipt or a copy of the receipt attached.)
- Take the petition with receipt to the person administering the exam.
- The person administering the exam must sign the petition, giving the date of the exam, the grade received, and the credit hours recommended.
- The person administering the exam should then return the petition to the Credits and Admissions Committee, c/o The Office of Admissions in Room 250 of the Student Services Building.
- Credit will be posted by the registrar’s office if approved by the admissions office.
Things to Remember
- Only matriculated University of Utah students are eligible to petition for credit by examination.
- A C- grade or higher must be achieved for credit to be awarded.
- Although a grade is reported, the hours will be posted as credit.
- If challenging more than one course, additional petitions will be needed.