Credit by Examination

"Testing Out" of an ASU Course

Students may petition to receive academic credit for a course if, through prior experience and study, they have attained knowledge and skills that constitute the requirements of the course. Students may receive approvals of their petitions if the following criteria have been met:

  1. The student is enrolled for the course and appropriate tuition and fees have been paid.
  2. The instructor teaching the course agrees the student’s experience qualifies the student to be given an opportunity to “test out” for credit.
  3. The department chair approves the request and instructional recommendations.


Grades for coursework completed by examination will be recorded by the instructor in accordance with the grading system for the class. If credit by examination is requested for a course offered by the college, but not being offered during that particular term, the student may enroll for the course under individual study.

Official ASU Policy