CIT Test Out Policy


The Department of Computer & Information Technology at Purdue North Central has established that any student who is currently enrolled or newly admitted may request equivalency testing in a course for which such testing exists. This policy and procedures document further clarifies how the Department of Computer & Information Technology processes equivalency testing within the Purdue University system.

The student is expected to be well-versed with all of the course objectives and course topics either through similar courses taken at another educational institution and/or through practical experiences.  It is the student’s responsibility to acquire preparation items such as the course syllabus and textbook—the administering instructor is under no obligation to provide the student with any course materials other than the course syllabus.


The student must be a newly admitted student or a currently enrolled student who has not received a grade or directed grade, or a grade of W, WP, or WF in the course for which the student seeks equivalency testing, nor has previously taken any part of the equivalency test for the same course.

A student may test out of up to four courses.  Credit by exam is NOT offered on any 200- or above level courses.  A student may not test out of a course in which he is currently enrolled.  In order to receive test out credit the student must have already earned at least six credit hours from the Purdue University system.  If the student is a new student and has not yet earned six credit hours, he may still take the exam. If he passes (see Procedures 1. below), the Report of Directed Credit form will be completed but held by the department until the student has achieved the necessary six credit hours.


1. An equivalency test will consist of one or more written exams and possibly projects or lab practicals, as determined by the administering course instructor. The minimum passing grade for each equivalency exam will be a grade of “C”, as stated in the administering instructor’s syllabus for the corresponding course. The test out time and date is subject to the administering instructor’s availability.

2. The equivalency test will be developed, administered, and evaluated by the current instructor for that course or the department chair’s designee. This development includes writing the written exam(s), project(s), lab practical(s), grading key(s) and methods of evaluation (scoring methods for passing grades). For courses that already give a comprehensive final exam and for which all copies of the exam are held securely by the course instructor or designee (i.e., no exams were returned to students), the instructor may opt to use that final exam as the written exam. In lieu of using a comprehensive final exam the instructor may also use all of the individual exams that are given during the semester for that course. Regardless of the method used, the requirements for keeping these exams secure are the same.

3. The student should register with the exam administrator well in advance of the exam date to learn about test out requirements and general topics covered. Sufficient time should be allowed for preparation and study. He/she must also present a picture ID to the exam administrator on the day of the exam. Without a picture ID the student will not be allowed to take the exam under any circumstances.

4. If any student is caught in an act of academic dishonesty, the exam administrator will confiscate the examination, terminate the examination for that student, and forward the case to the Dean of Students for appropriate disciplinary action.

5. Written examinations are the property of the Computer & Information Technology department and will be returned to the examination administrator at the end of the examination. Graded exams will not be returned to the student nor reviewed by them.

6. For project-oriented or lab practical testing, the written exam(s) must be completed successfully before beginning the project(s) or lab practical(s). If the student fails the written exam(s) for a particular course, then credit by examination for that course will no longer be allowed. If the student passes the written exam(s), then the project(s) or lab practical(s), if appropriate, must be completed successfully by the assigned due date, but not to exceed four weeks after the student is notified in writing of a passing score. If the project(s) and lab practical(s) are completed successfully (or just the written exam(s) in cases of no projects or lab practicals), then the student will receive credit for the course. Otherwise, the student must enroll in and pass the course to receive credit.

7. The instructor will notify the student in writing of the passing/failing grade on the equivalency exam.

8. A student may attempt an equivalency test in a given course only once. If the student fails any portion of the exam, he/she must enroll in and pass the course to establish credit in that course.

9. If the student has successfully completed the equivalency testing requirements for the course, the instructor will submit a completed form granting credit by exam to the Department Head or designee for his/her signature. The form will then be forwarded to the registrar for processing.

10. This policy is subject to change without notice.