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Challenge & Competency Exams

 

The department offers two options to meet certain course pre-requisites via examination. Please contact a department academic advisor or the appropriate exam administrator (listed below) for more information or to schedule an exam.

The exams may be taken at any time. However, due to the coordination it takes, it is best to begin the process at least two weeks before the start of the semester. This will give enough time to complete the process prior to the beginning of the semester.

 

CS 1400 Challenge Examination

 

Students may receive credit for CS1400 by successfully passing the CS1400 Challenge Examination. This is a great option for any student who has completed a similar class in High School or has a background in programming. Students who successfully pass the exam receive credit and may immediately enroll in CS1410 and CS1440.

 

There are two parts to the exam. A score of 70% is required to pass each section. Students who pass the written exam may move on to the programming section. The exams are currently available only in Python.

Fees

There is a $50 fee to take the exam. However, this fee is only required to take the programming section. This means a student who is not extremely confident about passing may take the written exam without any financial risk. If a student does not pass the written exam they may retake it for $10.

The Registrar’s Office charges a $40 fee to record the 4-credit course on your transcript. A letter grade is not assigned.

Taking the Exam

If you are interested in pursuing the CS1400 Challenge Exam, please contact Chad Mano (chad.mano@usu.edu) to start the process. You will receive more details, including a list of topics, about the process and exams.


Java Competency Exam



Students may enroll in CS 2420 by passing the departmental Java Competency Exam.  This is intended for students who have taken ECE 1400 and ECE 1410 and want to get into CS 2420 and continue with a CS minor, or for those changing majors from ECE to CS.

Fees

The exam may be attempted once for free. A student who does not pass may retake the exam one-time for free, any retakes thereafter require a fee of $25. A recording fee is not required as this exam does not affect your transcript.

Taking the Exam

If you are interested in pursuing the Java Competency Exam, please contact Dean Mathias (dean.mathias@usu.edu) to start the process. You will receive more details, including a list of topics, about the process and exams.



Last update: 4/16/2020