Credit by Examination

Credit by examination is a process that allows students who can demonstrate achievement of course competencies to receive credit for a course. Currently enrolled students who present evidence of prior knowledge of a particular subject may receive credit by passing a course-specific examination. Appropriate evidence may include, but is not necessarily limited to, work experience, non-credit coursework, equivalent coursework taken at non-accredited institutions, and courses offered by the military. Students may not take credit-by-examination tests for courses previously taken at Athens Technical College, including courses in which they earned grades of W, WP, WF, or AU. Students may not take the same test more than once.

Students interested in credit by examination should confer with their respective academic advisors and the Registration and Records Office to ensure that credit earned through credit by examination will apply toward graduation requirements. Students must have the permission of the instructional program chair or course coordinator offering the courses before seeking credit by examination. The nonrefundable testing fee is 25 percent of tuition normally charged for the course. To seek credit by examination, students must complete the following steps:

  • Obtain Credit by Examination Request form on the college website.
  • Obtain signatures of the instructional program chairs offering the courses for which students seek credit through this examination process. Departments may ask for documentation of prior knowledge in certain subject areas before allowing students to seek credit by examination.
  • Pay a nonrefundable testing fee to the college's cashier once program chairs and/or course coordinators approve students to take examinations

At the scheduled time, give the exam proctor the Credit by Examination form, testing fee receipt, and photo identification to gain admission to the testing session

The instructional department is responsible for reporting results to the Registration and Records Office. Students who achieve grades of C (70) or higher on exams receive credit for the courses. Academic transcripts list the grade EX for credit earned by examination. Students should verify they received credit by checking their transcripts on the college website. EX grades are not calculated into a student’s grade point average.