Credit By Exam Information for Students



ICS 31: Introduction to Programming

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

ICS 45J: Java as a Second Language


ICS Credit by Exam Presentation

Summer 2021 Credit by Exam Dates:

  • Monday, June 14, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Monday, June 21, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Friday, July 9, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Thursday, August 5, 2021 (New ICS Only)
  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021 (Open to all UCI Students)
  • Friday, August 20, 2021 (Open to all UCI Students)

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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.
  • 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 online exam. 

  • You will have 24 hours to access the exam once the exam link is sent to you via email.
  • You must access the exam using your UCInetID and password. 
  • 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 summer, only new ICS and CSE majors may take these exams from June 14 - August 5, 2021.

  • All other new students and continuing students may take these exams on August 11 and August 20. 

 Is there an exam fee?

  • Yes, there is a $5 fee per examination
  • You must pay before taking the exam.
    • Pay here
    • You will need to email with your proof of payment prior to taking the exam. 

When can I take the exam? 

Ideally, we would like you to take your exams at least 1 week before your orientation date. This ensures that we have received your exam scores and updated our files. If you cannot take an exam this far ahead, you may take the exam after your orientation date and update your schedule accordingly. 

Registration Link

Prior to registering, make sure you have read and understand the information on this page. 

Once you sign up for the examination, the UCI Testing Center will contact you with the exam link. You will have a 24 hour period to access the exam and once you begin the exam you will have a 2 hour consecutive window to complete it. Expect to see this email 1-2 days before the test date. 

Note: multiple exams cannot be taken on the same date. 

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