The challenge for credit process 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. Not all courses are available for challenge.
Not all post-secondary institutions recognize the challenge for credit process. If you are a visiting student, find out first whether your home institution will accept credit obtained by challenge prior to registration.
- Determine your subject-matter knowledge and the method of challenge evaluation by reviewing the online syllabus.
- You must obtain approval to challenge a course from the faculty or designate who is responsible for the AU course. Faculty contact information may be found online.
- Fill out the challenge for credit registration form and submit with payment.
Commencing on January 1, 2012 and later (term 201201), any courses take via the challenge for credit process will not meet AU residency requirements.
Some important facts regarding challenging a course:
- There are no provisions to withdraw (cancel) from or extend the challenge for credit process.
- The Course Coordinator determines the components of evaluation for the challenge for credit process, noted on the challenge evaluation section of the course syllabus.
- If the challenge involves an examination, you may write only once. (See Challenge for Credit Examinations for more information.) There are no provisions to write a supplemental or multiple examinations.
- You must complete the challenge for credit process within three months.
- Prerequisites must be satisfied unless the Course Coordinator waives them. After completing a challenge for credit process successfully, you may not challenge a prerequisite to that challenge.
- In some challenge for credit processes, you must complete the assignments within six weeks of receiving the material.
- Tutor support is not available during a challenge.
- Learning Resources for Challenge for Credit can be purchased from Course Materials or can be purchased separately. (see following section for more information.)
- You have one opportunity to challenge a course. If you do not complete, or you fail your challenge for credit process, you are not permitted to challenge the material a second time. You must register in the course and complete it successfully in order to receive credit.
- If you do not complete, or you fail the challenge for credit process, you will be assigned a system grade of F three months after the challenge end date.
- Funding for courses taken via the challenge for credit process is not available through student financial aid.
Students registering for challenge for credit will have access to AU printed learning resource materials, limited to textbooks and readings, available for purchase at full cost. Any fees assessed for learning resource materials are not refundable.
Students may purchase the associated print learning resources, limited to bound textbooks and print readings as follows:
- by contacting AU’s Materials Management Unit at 1-800-788-9041, extension 6366, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials will be charged at full cost (defined as AU’s full purchase cost, plus shipping, plus a 20 per cent handling fee) or;
- by accessing the list of materials from the course syllabus and sourcing the materials via a book store, online book retailer, or other means.
Note: Students will not be provided access to the online individualized course site, the student manual, eTextbooks, or course study guide for a course taken via the challenge for credit process. If an eTextbook is offered for the course, it must be purchased from the publisher or a third-party vendor.
18.104.22.168 Courses Unavailable for Challenge
Students may not request to challenge AU courses:
- for which they have already received transfer credit as a direct AU course designation;
- for which they have received a “Do Not Register” designation;
- for which an exemption has been granted;
- which they have already successfully completed at AU;
- for which they have received credit through Undergraduate Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR);
- for which they have received a failing grade; or
- which are at the preparatory (100) level.
Determine that the course is available for challenge and the method of evaluation by checking the course syllabus. Determine if you will be purchasing the related textbook and readings, and what the cost of these items will be for the course(s) you are interested in challenging by contacting AU’s Materials Management Unit at 1-800-788-9041, extension 6366, or via email at email@example.com.
You must be eligible to challenge the course. Check with the appropriate faculty member or designate to ensure you have completed the prerequisites, discuss your level of skill and knowledge required for the course, and secure their approval. Faculty contact information may be found online.
If you haven’t done so already, complete and submit the Undergraduate General Application Form accompanied by the appropriate fee.
Complete and submit the Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Registration Form accompanied by the appropriate fee. You must register for the challenge and receive permission to challenge before the tenth day of the month in order to start your challenge on the first day of the following month. The Office of the Registrar will process a completed Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Registration Form received by 4:30 p.m. MT on the tenth day of the month. Remember to consider postal, courier, and processing times when a particular start date is desired.
For challenges that require the completion of an exam, students must request the exam within the guidelines for making examination requests as stated in the Undergraduate Exam Request and Completion Policy and its associated procedures. No supplemental exams are permitted.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2014 to Aug. 31, 2015.
Updated March 23, 2015