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Credit for Challenge Exams

Earn college credit for taking and passing a challenge exam

CNM challenge exams are available to applicants and currently enrolled students who wish to establish CNM credit for their prior learning by testing out of a course. Challenge exams are created by CNM Faculty and are equivalent to a comprehensive final.

There is a $25.00 non-refundable processing fee for challenge exams. You may pay the processing fee for Challenge exams offered in the Assessment Center at the Cashier's Office or online at the CNM CPL Store. Challenge exams that require school approval must be paid at the Cashier's Office.

Although CNM accepts challenge exam credit, this does not guarantee that other post-secondary institutions will do so. Students are encouraged to contact the school to which they intend to transfer in order to verify whether or not credit earned by a CNM challenge exam will be accepted.

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.
  • You may not take a challenge exam if you are enrolled in the course for which you are requesting a challenge exam.
  • 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 $25.00 prior to taking the exam.

Challenge exams that are currently available are listed below by the academic school and the name of the CNM course. Other exams may be available on a case-by-case basis.

Challenge Exams Offered in the Academic School

Students need to obtain prior approval to take challenge exams offered by the School of Applied Technology and the School of Business & Information Technology. These exams are scheduled with the academic school that offers them. Please click on the name of the appropriate school below to submit a request to take one of these exams. If the request is approved, you will be responsible for paying the non-refundable fee of $25.00 at the Cashier's Office and providing proof of payment at the time of the exam. Online payments are not available for these exams.

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

Challenge Exams Offered in the CNM Assessment Centers

Students that wish to take one of the following challenge exams do not need prior approval to take them. Simply pay the $25.00 non-refundable fee at the Cashier's Office or online at the CPL Store and take the receipt to the Assessment Center to take the exam.

Click on the course name to find out more about the exam.

School of Health, Wellness, and Public Safety

School of Math, Science & Engineering

Request for a New Challenge Exam to be Created

Don't see a standardized exam or a challenge exam available for the course for which you would like to earn credit? Make a request for one to be developed!

Students may request for a challenge exam to be developed, when one does not already exist. All requests must abide by the restrictions listed above. Make sure to review the restrictions before submitting your request. Please note that if your request is approved, you will be responsible for paying the non-refundable fee of $25.00 at the Cashier's Office. Online payments are not available for these exams.

To submit a request for a new challenge exam:

  1. Verify that there is not an available exam by reviewing the challenge exams listed above and the standardized exam policies listed on the Credit for Standardized Exams website. If you do not see an available exam for the course for which you would like to earn credit, submit a request below to find out if one can be developed.
  2. Submit your Request for a New Challenge Exam. (Make sure you have the course abbreviation, course number, and title.)

You should be notified by CNM e-mail within 10 business days whether or not a challenge exam will be developed.