Credit for Challenge Exams

Earn college credit for taking a challenge exam

CNM challenge exams are available to applicants and currently enrolled students who wish to establish CNM credit for prior education, training and/or experience. Although CNM accepts challenge exam credit, this does not guarantee that other post-secondary institutions will do so.

The following restrictions apply to all CNM Challenge Exams:

  • To request a challenge exam, you must be a current CNM student.
  • You may attempt a challenge exam only once per course.
  • You may not take a challenge exam if, within the last 10 years, you have completed the course at any school with a final grade, including audit (AU) but excluding withdraw (W) grades.
  • A grade of credit (CR) will be recorded for the appropriate CNM course upon successfully passing the challenge exam, during the term that the exam was taken.
  • Courses successfully challenged count toward both program and graduation residency requirements.
  • The academic school that offers the class will determine if a challenge exam will be created, when one does not already exist.
  • If a standardized exam is available, a challenge exam will not be created. Please check the list of CLEP exams to see if one is available before requesting a challenge exam.
  • If the School approves and develops a challenge exam, you will be responsible for paying the non-refundable fee of $15.00, prior to taking the exam.

Challenge exams that are currently available are listed below by course. Other exams may be available on a case-by-case basis. For more information or to request a challenge exam, contact the administrative office of the CNM School that offers the course of interest. 

School of Applied Technology

  • CAD 1001 - Basics of CAD

School of Business & Information Technology

  • ACCT 1109 - Business Math
  • ACCT 1115 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • BA 1101 - Introduction to Business
  • BA 1121 - Business English
  • OTEC 1101 - Beginning Keyboarding
  • OTEC 1102 - Keyboarding Skillbuilding
  • OTEC 1103 - Keyboarding Skillbuilding II

School of Health, Wellness, and Public Safety

School of Math, Science & Engineering