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Challenge Test

Officially enrolled students who believe they are proficient in the material of an undergraduate course may request that the offering department provide an appropriate opportunity for credit by examination. Department approval is required before an exam for a given course will be offered.

A student interested in “challenging” a course for credit must contact the Department of Global Languages and Cultures for approval before testing so that arrangements for testing can be made. To receive department approval for Spanish or Hispanic Studies courses please contact Adriana Perez-Smith. For all other languages, please contact James Howell.

With approval from the department, the student can sign up for testing and pay the associated testing fee via the online app.

For example, if a student who believes they are proficient in the material of a 300- or 400-level Spanish course, the student can contact the department and request the opportunity to “challenge” the course by appropriately testing. If the student achieves a score of 80% or better of the challenge exam, the Department will notify Testing Services of the credit earned.

Students may only earn credit for the course they are challenging.

Note: It should be noted that only credit is granted for challenge testing. For example, attributes such as W-intensive or C-intensive will not accompany credits for course work that normally would be associated with courses qualifying for writing-intensive or communication-intensive designations (i.e. SPAN 303 or SPAN 303).