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Credit by Examination Policy

Lubbock Christian University operates an open test center. It is open to all individuals. 

The Lubbock Christian University credit-by-examination (CBE) program offers students the opportunity to earn course credit by achieving sufficient scores on various subject examinations. Thus, students who have acquired a sufficient amount of knowledge through independent study, reading, and experience may accelerate the degree completion process by earning credit(s) by examination.

  1. LCU students may earn up to 45 credit-by-examination hours.
  2. Credit-by-examination course challenges should be completed during the freshman and sophomore years of college since credit by examination hours count only as lower division course credits. Students may not earn credit by examination for subjects in which they have already earned higher numbered credit than the credit-by-exam course would offer. (i.e. Students may not earn ENG 1301 credit by examination if they have already received credit for ENG 1302.) Credit by examination, therefore, should be viewed as a way to reduce the amount of time students spend in taking basic courses and in qualifying them to take upper division courses. Consult the appropriate dean for any exception to this rule.
  3. The semester hours received via credit by examination count the same as course credit hours earned in the classroom during a regular reporting period.
  4. Course credit will be automatically applied to the transcript for those earning credit by examination. No action will be taken if students fail to pass the exam; the transcript will remain the same as before the test was given. Credit by examination cannot be used to raise the grade point average. Credit by examination only gives hours credit for the course, not additional grade points.
  5. Credit by examination may not be used to replace a course grade that has previously been given. Students must repeat classes at LCU, or at the university where they received the grade, in order to replace the grade.
  6. Course credit by examination may not be used to satisfy the 32-hour minimum residence requirement for a bachelor's degree.
  7. After the 12th class day, credit by examination may be attempted for a course in which one is enrolled only upon written approval of the student's academic dean.

Information on Credit by Exam and other opportunities for Advanced Credit can be found in the University Catalog.