3100 Credit by Examination

Original Date: 9/1/1995 * Last Revision Effective: 4/6/2015
Policy Contact: Vice President, Instruction


Bellevue College recognizes that students may already have gained enough competence in a particular area of study to make taking some courses redundant. It is possible to receive credit for prior knowledge without formally taking a course in that area. Examinations for credit in courses offered by Bellevue College may be taken for work completed in private study or at non-accredited institutions, under certain conditions.

  • The student must be currently registered at Bellevue College.
  • The student must have completed ten (10) quarter credit hours at Bellevue College.
  • Individual departments or programs may require that a student complete the next highest sequential course before receiving credit. However, a student cannot receive credit by examination for any course if he or she has already completed a more advanced course in that subject area.
  • Students are not allowed to take an examination for a course they have previously enrolled in or audited at Bellevue College.
  • If a student has already taken and failed an examination for credit, he or she may not repeat the examination.
  • International students cannot receive credit by examination for 100–200-level courses in their native languages.
  • Credits earned by examination may be used, but only fifteen (15) such credits are transferable. These credits may be applied to meet distribution requirements for the transfer degree, but require a waiver to do so.
  • Although credits received through examination become part of the student’s transcript, they are not added into the GPA until graduation.
  • Credit is allowed only for examinations in which the student has received a grade of “C” or better.
  • When applying for credit by examination, the student must petition the registrar for a Certificate of Approval. The registrar then forwards the certificate to the instructor. After the student successfully completes the examination, the instructor returns the completed form to the registrar for processing.
  • A fee equal to one-half the current tuition rate will be charged.

Revision History

Original 9/1/1995
Revisions 3/22/2005; 5/21/2009; 9/11/2012; 4/6/2015

Approved By

President’s Cabinet

Last Updated April 6, 2015