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8. Examinations

(Revised: 2013)


8.1 Final examinations are not mandatory for undergraduate or graduate course instruction. If, however, a final examination is required by the instructor, then it shall be designed to be taken during a period not to exceed two hours. One credit hour courses may give final examinations during the last scheduled class period, but not during the final exam period. During the fall and spring semesters, the end-of-the-semester schedule shall be as follows: In the 15th week of the semester, students attend classes Monday and Tuesday and have two days of preparation time—“reading days”—on Wednesday and Thursday. Monday and Tuesday of this week are “prep days,” meaning no regular course examinations (except for laboratory and one-hour courses) shall be given on these days. Examinations shall begin on Friday of the 15th week, will resume on Monday of the 16th week of the semester and will conclude on Wednesday of the same week. All final examinations shall be given in accordance with the schedule published by the Office of the Registrar. Commencement shall be scheduled for Friday and Saturday of the 16th week.

8.2 In those instances where a student is scheduled for three final examinations in one day, the student shall appeal directly to an instructor to reschedule one of the exams. If necessary, the instructor or student may request the Dean or designee verify the need to reschedule the exam and issue a formal written request. The Dean or designee, department head and instructor will make every effort to accommodate the student when such a request is made.  The student must initiate the request(s) no later than five workdays before the first day of TAMU final exams.  The same process/deadline applies to Blinn TEAM students where TAMU and Blinn final examinations conflict.

8.3 Final examinations shall be given at the end of the five-week summer terms and the 10-week summer session in accordance with the schedule published by the Office of the Registrar.

8.4 General Rules for Pursuing Credit by Examination

8.4.1 Admitted and/or officially enrolled students are eligible to pursue CBE. Credit cannot be awarded until the student is officially enrolled at Texas A&M University

8.4.2 CBE will be offered routinely for many courses during the school year as indicated by a test schedule available through Data and Research Services. It is the student’s responsibility to check and comply with this schedule.

8.4.3  A student may claim CBE credits at any point during his or her undergraduate program.  Once claimed, credit cannot be declined.  The student may claim CBE credit online via the Howdy Portal. This provision is effective for those enrolled under the 2009 catalog forward. 

8.4.4 A student may not have credit posted for credit by examination for courses in which he or she is currently registered or has acquired a grade at Texas A&M other than Q or W or NG.

8.4.5  A student who is enrolled in a course past the Q-drop deadline will lose any CBE credit previously claimed for that course, regardless of the outcome of the course. 

8.4.6 First year grade exclusion does not restore eligibility for credit by examination.

8.4.7 All CBE credit is awarded without grade and is not included in the calculation of grade point ratios.

8.4.8 There is not a limit to the number of hours that may be earned through the CBE program. Credit earned through the CBE program, however, does not apply toward meeting university residence requirements. Credit by examination that does not apply towards a student’s degree plan may make him or her ineligible for a tuition rebate.  Contact the Office of the Registrar for details.

8.4.9 Credit earned by examination will not jeopardize eligibility for scholarships that require freshman standing.

8.4.10 Students may not receive credit by examination for courses that are prerequisites to courses for which they already have credit except with the approval of the department authorizing the exam.

8.4.11 Only Texas A&M University administrations of appropriate tests or official score reports from an approved testing agency are acceptable for credit, e.g., official reports from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) are required for the College Board SAT II Subject Tests, the Advanced Placement Program and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Informal score reports or results of special administrations of national tests from other institutions are not accepted for credit.

8.4.12 Officially enrolled students who believe they are proficient in the material of an undergraduate course may request that the offering department provide an appropriate opportunity for credit by examination. Department approval is required before an exam for a given course will be offered. Once completed, the department must notify Data and Research Services regarding the credit earned.

8.4.13 Credit by Examination requires a student fee that will be used to support such activities as test administration, preparation/selection of exams, scoring, analysis and reporting. Data and Research Services or academic departments may collect these fees. 

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