Credit by Examination

Currently enrolled matriculated students may take special examinations in approved academic subject matter offered by Seattle Pacific University to gain credit without being enrolled in specific courses. The procedures for obtaining permission and filing the Credit-by-Exam request (PDF) are available here and in Student Academic Services. The following limitations pertain to credit by examination:

  • A student may receive credit by examination for any coursework that has been completed following high school graduation for which he or she has no formal record.
  • A student may be tutored by a private instructor and challenge a course for credit by examination.
  • A student may not take credit by examination for a course in which he or she has been registered for credit at SPU and received a D, E, N, NC, Audit, or I grade.
  • A student may earn a maximum of 45 quarter credits by examination, including SPU challenge examinations, Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge International Exam (CIE), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX), or any international "13th year" exam.
  • The required minimum 45 credits in residence may not include  SPU’s credit by exam or credit awarded for external examinations.
  • Within a given major, no student may receive credit by examination in subject matter more elementary, as determined by the dean of the school, than that for which credit has been received previously.
  • A student may not repeat an examination for credit.
  • A student may not receive credit by examination for lower-division language courses in the student’s native language, if that language is other than English.
  • A student is entitled to only one consultation with the professor administering the test.
  • A student must pay for all special exam fees prior to scheduling and taking the exam.