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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Academic Regulations B. Registration B.10 Faculty Approval of Course Selections B.10.1 Credit in Courses by Special Assessment (Challenge Examinations)
B.10.1 Credit in Courses by Special Assessment (Challenge Examinations)

Some faculties will allow students who feel knowledgeable in the subject matter of a particular course to seek credit through special assessment (i.e., subjecting to an examination only without attending the course and completing all requirements in the normal way during a regular term). Faculties and departments are free to determine which, if any, of their courses may be taken by special assessment, by any particular student, and to determine the nature and scheduling of the examination or assessment procedures involved. The evaluation must be completed and a grade reported by the specified deadline for that particular academic term. Only those courses listed on the Schedule of Classes and offered during an academic term may be taken by special assessment.

To complete a course under this policy, a student must obtain written permission by the registration deadline from the head of the department offering the course and the Dean's Office of the faculty in which the student is registered, on appropriate forms headed "Credit by Special Assessment" (available from:

Upon submission of a completed form to Enrolment Services, students may no longer cancel their registration in the course being taken by special assessment or withdraw from the course being completed in this manner.

It should be noted that in all cases the fees for taking a course by special assessment are the same as regular course fees.

Failures in courses completed by special assessment shall be noted on the student's permanent record in the same manner as a course completed by attending lectures.

A course in which the student was previously registered may not be taken subsequently by special assessment, nor may any course be attempted more than once in this way.

Students wishing to seek credit for courses by this method are advised to contact their faculty offices for faculty regulations and to determine the number of courses which may be completed by this method in a given year or program.