Title: RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS
Date of Inception: March 16, 1987
Purpose: To establish and update CSU policy for Challenge Examinations.
The University has a program by which a current student might be permitted to challenge a course listed in the current catalog and earn credit
for that course unless the course description indicates otherwise. A Challenge Exam
is a special final exam developed and given by the appropriate department*. In some
cases the student is also required to complete papers and/or participate in a presentation
or other learning activities.
Regulations for CSU departmental "Challenge Exams":
- Only Charleston Southern University students of record may receive credit for Challenge
Exams. Visiting, transient or other nondegree students may not take CSU Challenge
- A student may take Challenge Exams during any term with the exception of the term
in which the student graduates.
- No student may take a Challenge Exam for a subject that has already been attempted
and a grade has been received from CSU (i.e., All grades including grades of F, FA,
I, WP, W, WF, and AU).
- A Challenge Exam must be administered by midterm of any term that the student registered.
- Approval for a Challenge Exam must occur during preregistration or drop/add periods
for the term the course is to be challenged.
- Challenge Exams are recorded as a letter grade with grade points and will be calculated
in the GPA. This includes any letter grade earned, A through F. Credit received through
Challenge Exams may be used to meet residency requirements. The credit will also count
as an attempt, and the standards for repeating a course will apply (see policy R-48).
- Students taking a Challenge Exam will be charged a $35.00 fee** for each exam taken.
This fee is paid to the professor for processing and administering the exam. This
fee is subject to change without notice. (** Note: Students in the Honors Program
are exempt from this fee.)
* NOTE: When a special standardized exam is administered by a CSU department as the
final exam for a subject, the same exam may be used as a Challenge Exam. Example: The Chemistry department uses exams developed by the American Chemical Society
By action of the Curriculum Committee, March 16 1987, and revisions approved by the
Curriculum Committee on November 19, 1993, November 14, 2000, and November 13, 2012.