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Challenging Precalculus Courses for Credit

Challenging Courses through the Precalculus Center

The Precalculus Center offers challenge exams for MATH 117, MATH 118, MATH 124, MATH 125, and MATH 126. These exams must be taken in the Precalculus Center's testing area (Weber 138). Each exam can earn credit in the corresponding course.

Each course challenge exam consists of 20 questions, and students are allowed 75 minutes to complete the exam. Scoring 16 or higher will earn credit in the challenged course.

Scratch paper and an on-screen TI-84 calculator are provided. Reference materials or a personal calculator may not be used during a course challenge exam. You only need your CSU ID card and a pencil.

Is there a fee for challenging a course?

There is a $20 fee for taking a course challenge exam, as described in the University Catalog. This fee will be billed to your student account at the time the exam is taken, regardless of whether you successfully earn course credit on the exam.

Am I eligible to challenge a precalculus course?

To be eligible to take a course challenge exam, a student...

  • must be eligible to take the course being challenged (meaning all course prerequisites must be satisfied);
  • must not be currently enrolled in the course being challenged; and
  • must not have already challenge the course (only one attempt per course challenge exam is allowed).