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Credit By Exam Information for Students




 Why take this exam?
  • Demonstrate understanding of course material.

    • Many admitted students have taken an equivalent course, but the course may not be officially articulated on 

    • Students have substantial experience in the programming language and can demonstrate proficiency.
  • There is no academic penalty if you do not do well on the exam.

    • You will be given the option to accept or deny your grade.
    • If you accept the grade, it will show up on your transcript the following quarter.
      • Note: All decisions are final. You may not rescind your decision once you have accepted the grade.
      • To see when you will be able to enroll in the next course, please go to the individual course below.
  • You may not use this exam(s) to bypass taking the course if required to take it.


How many times can I take this exam?

  • You may only take this exam once.

  • Re-takes and exceptions are not granted.

  • You can only take one exam per session. No exceptions.


What is the exam format?

  • The ICS exams are a two-hour exam. 

  • It is not open book or open note.

  • We adhere to strict academic honesty guidelines. Incidents of cheating will be reported to the campus.


Who is eligible to can take the credit by exam?

  • This year, we will only offer this exam once in the Fall quarter.

  • Please look at the chart below to see what the exam qualifications are.

  • The credit by exam is not intended for students to bypass degree requirements and/or restrictions.  


 Is there an exam fee?

  • Yes, there is a $5 exam fee
  • Pay online


When can I take the exam?

Once you sign up for the examination, the UCI Testing Center will contact you with the time and location of the exam. Expect to see this email 1-2 days before the test date.

If you are not a local student and wish to take the exam, please contact the UCI Testing Center.


Credit by Exam Dates for Fall 2019:

ICS 31: Monday, October 28 from 6-8 p.m.

            Thursday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m.

ICS 45C: Wednesday, October 30 from 5-7 p.m.

ICS 45J: Tuesday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m.


Registration and other information about the ICS Credit by Exam:

The Academic Testing Center will administer examinations for credit for ICS 31, 45C, and 45 J during fall quarter, 2019.  Dates for the examinations are posted on our Current Test Dates page

The examinations will test students’ mastery of the course material for each course. Each examination may be taken only once. After receiving a grade for the examination the student may accept or reject it. If the student accepts the examination’s result, the grade will be entered on the students’ record.

Students who received credit already for a course will not receive a grade for an examination in that course.

Please note that while the ICS examinations for credit are open to all students seats for the examinations are extremely limited. Seats for all examinations will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Please note also that the examinations will be given only once during fall quarter, 2019.

Admission to the examination is a two-step process: first, register online and then pay the credit by examination fee. Do not pay the fee unless you have definitely registered for an examination.

A $5 fee for each examination by credit must be paid online.

Students must present a printed receipt from the web store at the examination.

Registration for the examinations will be available here.

Courses available for Credit by Exam:

ICS 31: Introduction to Programming

ICS 45C: Programming in C/C++ as a Second Language

ICS 45J: Java as a Second Language

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