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Can I get credit for a course by challenging it?

The Challenge for Credit option allows you to demonstrate that you are proficient in the subject matter of a specific AU course without having to complete the entire course. Using a predetermined process, this option allows you to challenge courses based on your knowledge of the course content. The course syllabus indicates whether a course is eligible for challenge. The appropriate faculty approval is required to challenge a course. Students must submit a completed Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form to register for a Challenge for Credit course.

You are permitted only one registration in each challenge for credit course. In order to receive credit for a failed challenge course, you must register in and successfully complete the course by the traditional method (either by individualized study, or if available, grouped study).

At this time, challenge for credit applications are not available online. After you have received permission to challenge a course for credit, you must complete the Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form and submit it by one of the methods listed on the form.

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Challenge for Credit Details


Check the Challenge for credit course tuition fees.

You are not required to purchase textbooks and associated readings in order to challenge a course, but they can be purchased at full cost by contacting Materials Management at 1-800-788-9041, extension 6366, or Materials may also be purchased through bookstore, online book retailer, or by other means.

Courses Eligible for Challenge

Not all AU courses are available to challenge for credit. To determine if the course you wish to challenge for credit can be challenged, visit the course syllabus. Each syllabus indicates whether that course can be challenged for credit or not.


Evaluation methods are determined by the course professor and will vary from course to course. Please visit the syllabus for the course you are interested in challenging for more information.


After registration in a challenge for credit course, there are no provisions for withdrawal.


Challenge for credit course contract periods may not be extended.


All appeals must follow the rules outlined in the Student Appeals Policy.

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