Policies and General Information
Credit by Exam
A degree student may, under the following conditions, receive credit for a course by taking a special exam and paying the special exam fee charge of $50 per credit. The exam fee must be paid prior to taking the exam.
A request for such an exam must be made in writing at least one month before the date of the exam, and it must be approved by the student’s advisor, the chair of the department in which the course is given, and the dean, in that order. The student must not have audited, previously received a grade or mark, or have attempted a prior special exam in this course at UVM or at any other institution of higher education. Only specific university courses may be challenged using special exam. 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 exam is being requested. The student may not take a special exam 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 chair shall decide whether it is appropriate for the student to take a special exam for credit in a particular course. Upon passing the special exam, as determined by the examiner and the chair of the department in which the course is given, the student receives credit, but not a grade, for the course. Credit by Exam forms are available at the Office of the Registrar .