Credit by Proficiency Examination

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A proficiency exam allows students to earn credit for a course by successfully completing an examination and/or skills test covering the content of the course. Students may request to challenge a course by taking a proficiency exam when they believe their previous course work, experience or knowledge enables them to demonstrate that they possess the skills and/or knowledge commensurate with the learning outcomes of the St. Kate's course.

This option is provided only by certain departments. A fee, equal to one-fourth of the tuition, is charged for the testing process. Registration requests to take a proficiency exam must be signed by the instructor (associate degree programs), department chair (baccalaureate programs) or program director (graduate programs) and submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day to add a full-term course with instructor’s signature of the term in which the particular course is to be challenged. Individual programs may have earlier registration deadlines. Limits may be placed on the number of times a student may take a proficiency exam for a given course.