What is Credit by Examination?

Credit by examination allows the student to earn credit for the class by taking the final exam for the course without actually going through the course. Those students receiving 70% or greater on the Credit by Examination will receive credit for the course.

Students choosing the Credit by Examination option for Library 4 need to meet the following conditions:

  1. The student must be enrolled at West Valley College.

  2. The student must have successfully passed English 1A or a comparative course at another college.

  3. A student may take an examination only once and the grade received on the examination will be recorded on the permanent record of the student.

  4. The units earned through such examination shall not count toward the minimum 12 semester hours of credit in residence.

  5. A student wishing to challenge a course for credit by examination must be enrolled for the term they are requesting the credit but not enrolled in the class they will take an exam for.

  6. Credit by examination is only offered to those students who have not taken the course in the past.

For more information, see the College Catalog.

What do I do next?

  1. Apply for the Credit by Examination at the Admissions and Records Office. Ask for a Credit by Examination Application. Fill it out and submit it to Admissions & Records.

  2. You will receive a telephone call to schedule a date and time to take the exam. Allow for a 2 hour time period.

  3. A West Valley College Student ID is required as proof of identity prior to taking the test. No other identification will be accepted.

You MUST apply following the procedure above. No drop-ins. You will be called to confirm your attendance at one of the following times. 

Fall and Spring Schedule

  • Exams will be scheduled on a case by case basis to be taken in the WVC Library.
  • Deadlines for applying are the first Friday in December (fall) and the first Friday in May (spring) to take the exam. 
  • Exams are not offered during the winter or summer sessions.


last published: 5/23/18