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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 (ICS Only)
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 (ICS Only)
  • Monday, June 21, 2021 (ICS Only)
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 (ICS Only)
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 (ICS Only)
  • Friday, July 9, 2021 (ICS Only)
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 (ICS Only)
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 (ICS Only)
  • Thursday, August 5, 2021 (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 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 may take these exams on August 11, August 20, or in the Fall quarter (dates TBA). Non-ICS majors may only take these exams in their first year at UCI.

  • ICS majors may only take the ICS 31, ICS 45C, and ICS 45J credit by exams prior to matriculation.

    • The credit by exam is intended for incoming student populations. The credit by exam is not intended for current students to bypass UCI requirements and/or restrictions.  

 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. 

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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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