Challenge

The Challenge Examination Program provides an alternative to traditional classroom course work. It is designed for the individual who may already know the material covered in an introductory level course offered at STCC. All examinations have been developed by STCC faculty and, therefore, relate directly to the course being challenged. See the list of Challenge exams currently available. (Subject to change without notice.)

Challenge Examination Form

Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I took this course last semester and I received a final grade on my transcript, can I challenge the same course?

No, if a course is on your transcript with a letter grade, you cannot challenge the course. (If you have a W because you withdrew from the course, you can take the challenge exam)

2.  If I challenge this course, will these credits transfer to a 4- year college?

You will need to check with that 4-year college to see what their current policy is.  We cannot guarantee that challenge credits will transfer.

3. If I am enrolled in the course, can I take the challenge Exam?

No, you cannot Challenge a course in which you are currently enrolled.

(The only exception is during the DROP/ADD period at the beginning of the semester. If you challenge a course during the DROP/ADD period and pass the Challenge Exam, it is your responsibility to drop the course and pay the per credit fee to have the Challenge posted on your transcript.)

4. How long do I have to take the exam?

 It is a final exam for the course so you are allowed 2 hours to complete the exam.

5. Does a challenge exam affect my GPA?

No. The credits count toward graduation, but the grade is P (for pass).  It is not figured into your grade point average.

6. What happens after I take a challenge exam?

You will receive a letter telling you whether you passed or failed the challenge.  If you passed the exam, the letter will have a tear off portion that you need to take to the Cashier's Office within 2 weeks and pay $10 per credit fee for the course to be added to your transcript.  Once the Testing and Assessment Center receives verification of your payment, the challenge/course will be posted on your transcript.


The Challenge Exam cannot be used to:

  • Replace an "F" (a failed course) on transcript.
  • Remove a grade of "I" (Incomplete) or "W" (Withdrawal) from a transcript.
  • Students cannot take a Challenge Exam for a course that is already listed on their transcript with a grade.
    (This policy includes an Incomplete.)

FEES

A fee of $7.50 must be paid at the time of registration. Students must pay by Check or Money Order only, made out to STCC.

In order to have credits recorded on their transcript, students who pass the test, must bring the letter they received (with the results of their Challenge) to the cashier's office and pay a $10.00 per credit charge. This should be done within two weeks of notification. The course will then be added to the student's transcript.

ONCE A STUDENT REGISTERS FOR A TEST, IT BECOMES THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CALL AND CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE AN EXAMINATION IF HE/SHE IS UNABLE TO KEEP THE APPOINTMENT . FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF THE $7.50 FEE.


STCC CHALLENGE EXAMS

The following is a list of challenge exams offered for students who have specific course knowledge and desire credit for a course without actually taking the course:
COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS
ACCT-110 Accounting I 4
ACCT-210 Accounting 2 4
ALGB-087 Elementary Algebra I (non-graduation credit) 3
ALGB-097 Elementary Algebra II (non-graduation credit) 3
ARTH-078 PreAlgebra (non-graduation credit) 3
CHIN-125 Elementary Chinese 1 3
CHIN-225 Elementary Chinese 2 3
CIVL-125 Architectural CAD 1 3
CMPA-160 Computer Basics: Concepts and Applications 3
CSCI-100 Introduction to Computer Science 4
CSCI-110 Computer Science I 4
CSCI-111 Intro to the Java Programming Language 4
CSCI-210 Computer Science II 4
CSCI-401 Data Structures and Algorithms 4
DRDG-091 Reading Level 1 3
DRDG-092 Reading Level 2 3
FREN-124 Elementary French I 3
FREN-224 Elementary French 2 3
ITAL-127 Elementary Italian 1 3
ITAL-227 Elementary Italian 2 3
MAST-101 Medical Terminology 3
MATH-117 Contemporary Mathematical Applications 3
MATH-122 Applied Math I 3
MATH-123 Mathematics for Early Childhood/Elem School/Teachers 3
MATH-124 Math for a Technical Society I 3
MATH-132 Tech Math I 4
MATH-145 Precalculus Math 4
MATH-155 Calculus I 4
MATH-222 Applied Math II 3
MATH-225 Math Exploration for Education Majors 3
MATH-232 Technical Math II 4
MATH-255 Calculus II 4
MATH-355 Calculus III 4
MATH-439 Linear Algebra 3
MATH-455 Differential Equations 4
MECH-186 Engineering Drawing Practices 3
OFFS-100 Basic Keyboarding 1
PHYS-119 Technical Physics 4
SPAN-121 Elementary Spanish I 3
SPAN-221 Elementary Spanish II 3
STAT-142 Statistics 3

A Picture ID is required to take a Challenge Exam.

Other Challenge Exams may be available on an Individual basis with permission of Department Chairpersons only! If you think you might qualify, check with your advisor or Department Chairperson to see if any are available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ONLY STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT STCC CAN EARN CREDITS BY TAKING CHALLENGE EXAMS. THESE CREDITS MAY NOT TRANSFER.