University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Policies and General Information

Credit by Examination

A degree student may, under the following conditions, receive credit for a course by taking a special examination and paying the special examination fee charge of $50 per credit. The examination fee must be paid prior to taking the examination.

A request for such an examination must be made in writing at least one month before the date of the examination, and it must be approved by the student’s advisor, the chairperson of the department in which the course is given, and the dean, in that order. The student must neither have audited, previously received a grade or mark, nor have attempted a prior special examination in this course at UVM or at any other institution of higher education. Only specific University courses may be challenged using special examination. Readings and Research, Honors Research, etc., are specifically excluded. Special Topics may be challenged only if that course is offered during the semester in which the special examination is being requested. The student may not take a special examination in a course whose content is presupposed by courses already taken; or in a course for which transfer credit has been received; or in a currently enrolled or previously taken course. In cases of uncertainty, the department chairperson shall decide whether it is appropriate for the student to take a special examination for credit in a particular course. Upon passing the special examination, as determined by the examiner and the chairperson of the department in which the course is given, the student receives credit, but not a grade, for the course. Credit by examination forms are available at the Office of the Registrar Link out of catalogue site..

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