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Examinations and Grades

6.1.7 Challenge for Credit Examinations

Due to Covid-19, Athabasca University exam locations are closed and only ONLINE exams are being issued. Students must confirm that an invigilation centre is open before booking an exam. Please refer to the Covid Q&A page for any updates and current steps for booking an online exam.

When the challenge for credit process involves an invigilated examination refer to the individualized study course exam request process, except in the case of Supplemental Exams. Supplemental Examinations are not allowed in the challenge for credit process. Challenge for Credit Grades and Appeals

Courses taken via the challenge for credit process are recorded as CH (courses taken via challenge) on your transcript. The evaluation schemes for courses taken via the challenge for credit process can be viewed in the course syllabus.

You have one opportunity to challenge a course and all requirements stipulated for a challenge for credit attempt must be completed to obtain credit. If you do not successfully complete, or you fail the course taken via the challenge for credit process, you are not permitted to challenge the course a second time. If you do not successfully complete the requirements of the course taken via the challenge for credit process you will be assigned a grade of “F” (failure). You must instead register in the full course and complete it successfully in order to receive credit.

The course grade acquired through completion of the challenge for credit process will be included in the student’s GPA calculation for the purposes of satisfying continuation or graduation requirements, scholarships and awards (with the exception of AU course awards), except for challenge courses graded using pass/fail grades.

Challenge for credit courses shall be graded in a manner deemed appropriate at the time of the course creation by the faculty member responsible for the course, with either a pass/fail or letter grade. The minimum passing grade is a “D” unless the course, as outline in the course syllabus, requires a course grade higher than “D” for successful completion of the course.

All challenge for credit grade appeals are subject to an appeals process described in Athabasca University’s Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeal Regulations.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated April 08 2021 by laurab

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