Credit By Examination

The College will grant academic credit for certain courses based upon the successful completion of an examination rather than traditional classroom experience.

The following rules govern Credit By Examination:
  1. The applicant must be in a degree program and be currently admitted or registered at the college.
  2. The student must show sufficient experience and knowledge in the subject area concerned to warrant undertaking the Credit By Examination.

  1. The student must submit a formal application, which must be approved by an appropriate faculty member, the Registrar, and the division director or department chair concerned.
  2. The examination will be entirely or in major part written. Exceptions may be approved by the Academic Dean in certain cases in which an oral examination better demonstrates the student’s proficiency.
  3. Credit By Examination is not considered part of the student’s current semester academic load when determining that student’s status as a full- or part-time student.
  4. The course being requested by the student must be part of the College’s regular course offering.
  5. The student may not have completed, nor be currently enrolled in, a more advanced sequential course in the same discipline.
  6. Credit By Examination may not be undertaken in a course which the student previously failed at the College, or in a course for which a student has already received credit.
  7. Credit By Examination may be undertaken only once for the same course.
  8. Examinations shall be scheduled prior to the end of the Add/Drop period of any academic term during the regular academic year.
  9. No examination may be given to a student who is in the last semester before graduation.
  10. No more than 50% of an approved Associate degree program shall be awarded for prior experiential learning, (For example; Credit by Examination and College Level Examination Program).
  11. A student must complete at least 25% of the minimum credit requirements for the degree or certificate through coursework at Capital Community College to be awarded the degree or certificate.
  12. Credit by Examination is not allowed for the following courses:
    BBG 234, BIO 105, BMG 202, BMK 201, CSA 105, ECN 101, ECN 102, ENG 101, ENG
    102, ENG 222, FRE 101, FRE 102, FRE 201, FRE 202, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 201, HIS
    202, POL 111, PSY 111, PSY 201, SOC 101, SPA 101, SPA 102, SPA 201, and SPA 202.

For the above courses a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) needs to be taken.

Other colleges and universities accept CLEP credit but a Credit by Examination will not transfer.

  1. A student interested in a Credit By Examination must petition the appropriate faculty member, Program Coordinator, Department Chair, or Division Director. The faculty member, Program Coordinator, Department Chair, or Division Director will interview the student and, if in agreement with the petition, the student must then submit a formal application, which must be signed and approved by the Registrar to ensure that the student has not previously attempted the Credit By Examination. The form is then forwarded for approval to the division director or department head.
  2. A $15 evaluation fee must be paid at the Business Office before the examination is administered.

All Credit By Examinations will be graded on a pass/fail basis, with a pass being a “C” or better. Pass/fail has no numerical value. A pass will be recorded as credits earned by Credit By Examination and will not affect the student’s grade point average. A failing grade will not be recorded.