If a standardized test is not available for a course for which a student wishes credit, a special examination may be established. This process is initiated by obtaining a Challenge by Examination DocuSign form from the Testing Center and complete the following steps:
- Consult and obtain the signature of the Department Head in which the course is offered. The Department Head will conduct a preliminary evaluation of a student's learning experience to determine if an examination is warranted. The signature indicates based upon review of the student's prior learning experience, administration of the exam is justified.
- Consult with and obtain the signature of your Advisor. The signature acknowledges the student is attempting the Challenge by Exam to demonstrate proficiency in a college level course.
- Consult the Dean of the college in which a degree is expected to determine whether credits earned by Challenge by Examination in the proposed subject will be accepted. Obtain Dean's signature if exam is acceptable.
- Once the Challenge by Examination form has routed to the Testing Center and pay the examination fee on RegisterBlast.
- Once you have registered for the exam, you will be added to the Challenge by Exam course in D2L.
- You will receive a score at the completion of the exam. If the cutoff score is achieved, credit will be placed on your transcript with an EX (satisfactory) grade in 2 to 3 weeks.
- If the exam is failed, a department representative will notify the student and no entry will be made on the student's record.
- A copy of the documentation will be kept in the Testing Center.
Challenge Examination Repeat Policy
If a student does not pass the initial challenge examination, he or she may use the SDSU petition procedure to request one more opportunity to take a challenge examination for the same course. The guidelines for the retesting process are as follows:
- Only one retest is allowed.
- There will be a waiting period of one academic term before retesting may be done.
- The department will administer a test that is completely different from the original examination used in the original challenge attempt.
- The petition must be approved by the department head, dean and the Testing Center manager.
- If the petition is approved, the student must complete a new Challenge by Examination form and pay the examination fee before retesting.