Credit By Examination

After successfully completing 12 semester units of credit at Victor Valley College, a registered student may receive college credit for courses challenged through departmental examinations. These may be in subjects in which the student is qualified based on prior training and/or experience for which credit or advanced placement has not already been awarded. 

Applications for this type of credit are available through Admissions and Records and must be approved first by the appropriate academic department. After credit by examination eligibility has been established, a non-refundable fee equal to the per unit enrollment fee will be charged for each administered exam, and is payable at the Bursar’s Office.

Awarding credit by examination is subject to the following guidelines:


  • A request for credit by examination must be submitted by the fourth week of the term (second week for Summer courses). 

  • The student must be enrolled in at least one course in good standing, and must have successfully completed 12 semester units of credit at Victor Valley College with a GPA of 2.00 or better.

  • A faculty member must be willing to prepare an exam. If a faculty member is unavailable to prepare an exam, the challenge cannot go forward. 

  • Credit by examination may not be received for any course which is a prerequisite to one for which credit has been previously granted.

  • In order to challenge, the student must not have previously failed the course nor have been enrolled in it during the semester for which the exam is requested.

  • A student may challenge a course only once.

  • Credit by examination cannot be used to satisfy Victor Valley College’s 12 unit residency requirement for the Associate Degree.

  • A maximum of 32 units earned through nontraditional means (CLEP, AP, DANTES, Department Exam, Military) may apply toward the Associate Degree with no more than 15 units permitted for college courses graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.  This limitation does not apply to units earned at the community college of the Air Force (CCAF).

  • Credit by examination will be annotated “Pass” or “No Pass” or A-F, with unit value and a notation entered on the transcript that credit was earned via “CREDIT BY EXAMINATION.”