Credit by Examination
Penn State students may earn credit for a course to fulfill degree requirements by earning a grade of C or higher on a comprehensive examination made available through the academic unit that offers the course. This examination is a substitute for completing the usual requirements of a course.
Non-credit examinations are offered in foreign languages for proficiency certification.
Credit by examination is not offered for all courses; the academic unit that offers the course makes the determination.
The satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading system cannot be used for credits earned by examination.
Fee: A $30.00-per-credit assessment is paid in the department offering the course. The fee defrays the cost of preparing, administering, and grading the exam; it is nonrefundable.
Credit by Examination does not result in a quality grade (A, A-, etc.) or effect the calculation of a student's grade-point average. Credits earned are included in total credits on the student's Penn State transcript; however, they are not included in cumulative credits. On the student's transcript, the course is listed, the grade column is left blank, and CRX is noted in the field to the right of the grade column. If a student earns less than a grade of C, credits are not earned and there is no notation made on the student's transcript.
Reviewed: July 2015
Last Update: May 2009
Reference(s): Senate Policies 42-50