Adams State University will grant full course credit to students for the core courses they successfully test out of, free of tuition for those courses. Students may petition to receive academic credit for a course if, through prior experience and study, they have attained knowledge and skills that constitute the requirements of the course. Students may receive approval of their petitions if the following criteria have been met:

  1. The student is enrolled for the course (free of tuition charges if the student tests out).
  2. The instructor teaching the course agrees the student's experience qualifies the student to be given an opportunity to "test out" for credit.
  3. The department chair approves the request and instructional recommendations.

Grades for course work completed by examination will be recorded by the instructor in accordance with the grading system for the class. If credit by examination is requested for a course offered by the university, but not being offered during that particular term, the student may enroll for the course under independent study. (This differs from distance education correspondence courses offered through Adams State University Extended Studies.)

Independent Study Authorization Form