Challenge Examinations

Students with prior knowledge equivalent to an SGU course may apply to sit a challenge examination. Challenge exams are not available for all courses.

The Challenge Exam application, must be submitted by the student and approved by the Course Instructor/ Director, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, in the semester prior, to taking the Challenge Exam. 

The challenge examination is prepared by the Course Instructor/Director and is equivalent to a comprehensive examination for that course.

Students will not be allowed to take more than three challenge examinations in a semester. Challenge exams are to be sat ONLY within the first week of the semester. A non-refundable $100.00 USD administrative fee will be charged for each challenge examination.

The grade earned for a challenge examination is recorded on the transcript; both credit hours and grades are awarded. Students are only allowed to take a challenge examination once for each course. Students cannot take a challenge exam after failing the course.  

In the event that students fail a challenge examination, they will be allowed to register for the course in the current (or subsequent) semester. Taking a challenge examination counts as one attempt at a course.