Credit by Exam
Students: please read very carefully below if you may take
credit-by-exam. Being aware of the rules and advice below can be
very relevant to your success on the exam and to avoiding a bad
The University in some cases allows students to obtain academic
credit for a course through a Departmental
Proficiency Examination ("credit-by-exam"), if the
relevant academic department makes it available. Before applying for
University policies on Credit-by-Exam.
- credit-by-exam cannot be given for a course in which
registered at UMCP beyond the Schedule Adjustment Period (this includes
the case that the transcript notation is "W");
- credit-by-exam cannot be used to change a grade;
- credit-by-exam may be taken at most twice for the same
- when credit-by-exam is to be used for a CORE or major
credit-by-exam must be taken for a letter grade (not Pass-Fail);
- a fee is charged each time a student arranges a test
Here are cautions on preparation and permission.
- One situation in which credit-by-exam can be an appropriate
option is the situation in which a student has taken a similar
course at another institution which for some reason
does not transfer to UMD
a topic is missing; perhaps the course was in high school;
perhaps there is difficulty in assessing the course).
- Credit-by-exam is not intended to be an option by which
a student gets credit for a UMD course by auditing it and then
taking the Proficiency Examination. In addition, credit-by-exam is not
appropriate for students who "self-study" and later apply to take the exam.
- The Undergraduate Advising Office reserves the right to deny CBE
applications which it deems are inappropriate.
- Students are expected to be serious and prepared for the
credit-by-exam. Students are NOT allowed to bring notes to the exam.
- Please! A student should
review some final examinations from previous semesters
which are on file at the Mathematics Department's TESTBANK,
to prepare and to assess readiness for our credit-by-exam
which strongly resemble those final exams.
It is also very wise to check the list of topics for a course
online syllabi; a student can drop a letter grade on an exam
by being unprepared for one topic. We often see
students who think they are well prepared do very poorly
on our proficiency exams -- avoid this scenario.
- The credit-by-exam is not a "no-stakes" test -- you can
decline to accept the letter grade from a graded test, but
even in this case you have
something to lose by a bad performance:
- If you turn in the CBE exam for grading and do not
accept the grade, then you get a W on your transcript
for the course -- not good.
- In general, a student who has a credit-by-exam graded and
receives a score of less than 50% will not be permitted to
have a second try for an exam for that course.
- If you take the CBE exam for a course and do not
hand it in for grading (don't hand it in if you think the
grade will be bad!), then you will not get anything on your
transcript, but it will still count as a "try" -- you
get at most two tries for credit-by-exam for any math course.
- If you register to take a CBE and later need to cancel the
registration, please kindly provide notice one business day in advance.
Failure to provide notice one business day in advance will count as a "try."
There will be no refunds for missed exam.
The Mathematics Department offers
the courses MATH 140, 141, 212, 213, 214, 220, 221, 240, 241 and 246.
- Credit by exam for MATH 212,213,214 will generally
offered to University of Maryland undergraduates.
Click the following for
for information specific to the
appearance of MATLAB on credit-by-exam for MATH 240,
MATH 241 and especially MATH 246.)
- As a rule,
if a student has remained registered at UMCP beyond the Schedule
period in a math course, then the student will
not be eligible for
credit-by-exam in that course or any closely related course. For example,
MATH 130, 140 and 220 are closely related in this sense; likewise
MATH 131, 141 and 221 are closely related.
- The Mathematics Department may require
additional review before offering the credit-by-exam opportunities in
of these courses.
Steps for taking credit-by-exam
- Go to the Undergraduate Office (big window in the Rotunda) in the
Mathematics Building, or to Room 1117 in Hornbake Library, and pick up
Students can pick up forms at the Graduate School, Room 2117 South
Building (also know as the Lee Building).
- Fill out the form and bring it to the Undergraduate
the Rotunda of the Mathematics Building along with a copy of your
and current registration.
- After the Undergraduate Program Chair approves and
make an appointment to take the exam at the next available test time
(see below for the next date).
- Before you take the exam, you must go over to the
South Administration (Lee) Building and pay the credit-by-exam fee. The
exam will not be given if you cannot show proof of payment.
- When you take the exam, you have the option to not turn it
in for grading. In this case, nothing at all
will appear on your official transcript. (However, it will still
count as a "try" in the math department: you get at most two
tries on credit-by-exam for any course.) If you think you will get
a bad grade, then you probably don't want to turn the exam in for
grading; if you turn it in for grading, you will get a grade
or a W on your transcript.
- After you take the exam, the department will find
The grading procedure may take longer in the summer, over breaks, and
holidays. Usually, it takes less than one week.
- After the exam has been graded, you must come in to
Office and sign a form saying that you either accept or reject the
If you do not contact us within eight (8) weeks of the date you took
exam, your paperwork will be sent back to Hornbake Library and put on
They may not allow you to take credit by exam again if you are
in keeping your exam appointment or in signing your paperwork. A grade
cannot be submitted to Records if you do not sign the form.
- If you do not accept the grade, then instead of the grade
your transcript will have recorded a "W".
Upcoming credit-by-exam dates
Credit-By Exam is normally offered 4 times a
year, in January, April, August, and November.
You should generally complete the application for a credit by exam at
a week before it is given, to allow for the preparation of an exam. The
department will try to accommodate later signups but this might not be
The day of the test, 15 minutes before the test you
go to MATH 1117 to show your receipt. Then you will be told the
room at which the test will be given.
Upcoming Credit-By-Exam dates:
These exams are generally given 12:00-2:00 P.M.
A MATH 246 exam takes 20 minutes longer (i.e.
is given 12:00 - 2:20 P.M.).
If you have questions, please contact: Ida Chan, Mathematics Advisor, 301-405-7582, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- November 30, 2011 (Wednesday)
- January 18, 2012 (Wednesday)
- April 23, 2012 (Monday)
- August 22, 2012 (Wednesday)