Credit by Exam

pen and exam sheetBoth nationally standardized exams, like AP, IB, and CLEP, as well as USC Upstate course-specific exams can be used to earn credit for your college-level knowledge of various fields. These exams are a good fit for you if you have had an opportunity to learn general education course topics at advanced levels.



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Request a Challenge Exam for a USC Upstate Course

In some common USC Upstate courses, learning outcomes can be easily evaluated with a cumulative final exam. Some examples are ENGL U101, world language courses, and introduction to computer technology. If you have college-level experience and preparation in a course topic, but you did not have the opportunity to complete a dual enrollment, AP, IB or other program that would give you college credit for your experience, you may request a Challenge Exam to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in a course offered at USC Upstate. 

Challenge exams cost $25 per credit hour of the course (typically $75) and are administered and graded by USC Upstate course instructors. You must earn a B or higher on the exam to be awarded credit for the course. Request challenge exams and receive exam instructions and any study materials from the department that offers the course.