Course Exemption by Examination

Students may not receive exemption for courses in which they have been previously enrolled, nor may they take an exemption examination for a course more than once. If already enrolled in the course, students should notify the instructor during the drop/add period of their intent to take an exemption exam; however, the College does not require students to be enrolled in the course in order to take this test.

Students who wish to take an exemption exam for a course should adhere to the following procedure:

  1. Apply to take an exemption in the Registrar’s Office. If eligible to take the exam(s) requested, the student will be issued an Exemption Exam Form. The student will complete the section requiring their name, student I.D. Number, program and signature.
  2. Pay the exemption exam fee at the Cashier’s Window. The cashier will stamp the form "PAID."
  3. The student will take the Exemption Exam Form to the Division Dean responsible for arranging the administration of the exam. This process should happen during the Drop/Add period.

Once the instructor grades the exam, the instructor will complete the information and forward it to the Academic Dean of the Division in which the student is enrolled for signing. The Academic Dean will then forward the form to the Registrar’s Office. The parties involved should complete this process within five working days.

The Registrar will, forward a copy of the completed exemption form to the student and to the Academic Dean of the student’s program, and update the student’s transcript. The application for course exemption clearly states the amount of credit to be given.

A student must make a minimum score of 70 to be exempted from taking the class. Credit is awarded in only areas that fall within the regular curricular offerings of Columbus Technical College and that are related to the student’s current educational goals. A course exemption will appear on the student’s transcript as "EX."

Columbus Technical College also accepts the CLEP test for course exemption or advanced placement. Transfer credit, credit for prior training or experiences, and course exemptions (up to 45 percent of a program of study) will be applied toward graduation. For portfolio-based credit for prior experiential learning, the College awards no more than 25 percent of the credit hours applied toward the program of study.