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Challenge Exams

Matriculated students may challenge University courses by taking the final examinations for the courses with the approval of the department chairperson and the director of the Admissions Office.  Challenge Exams are provided to students who have attained knowledge equivalent to University courses through life experiences and to students who attended schools with limited transferability.  Credit is not awarded if duplicated by previous course work or examinations, nor if the student has earned higher-level course credit of similar content.  Challenge examinations are not available to those seeking university credit for material learned in high school, or for classes previously failed or for classes from which the student withdrew.

Procedures to Obtain Credit by Challenge Examination:

  1. Obtain permission from the Department Chairperson using the petition for credit by examination (signature required).
  2. Have the Department write their account number on the petition before paying for the examination.
  3. Pay for the examination ($50.00 per exam) at the Cashier's window in room 150 of the Student Services Building.
  4. Attach the receipt or a copy of the receipt to petition.  Credit will not be awarded without a receipt or a copy of the receipt attached.
  5. Take the petition with the receipt to the person administering the exam.
  6. The person administering the exam must sign the petition giving the date of the exam, the grade received, and the credit hour recommended.
  7. The person administering the exam should return the petition to the Credits and Admissions Committee, c/o Admission Office, 250 Student Services Building.
  8. Credit will be posted by the Admission Office if approved by the Credits and Admissions Committee.

Again, only matriculated University of Utah students are eligible to petition for credit by examination.  A grade of "C" or higher must be achieved for credit to be awarded.  Although a grade is reported, the hours will only be posted as "credit."  If challenging more than one course additional petitions will be needed.  For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 801-581-8761.

Last Updated: 1/18/22