I already have the knowledge and skills equivalent to a required course. You can earn

Credit by Exam

An opportunity for you

 to utilize your life experience toward your educational goal.

The Credit by Exam (CbyE) Program invites you to work with a faculty member to complete exams and assignments to demonstrate that you have mastered the content of a course. This allows you to earn Cabrillo credit for an approved CbyE course in lieu of completing the course in a traditional classroom setting. This program is for students that do not have transcripts from another college showing completion of this course. Before formally starting the CbyE process, you are encouraged to meet with:

  1. An Academic Counselor to see if this is right for you and to map out the best path of courses to reach your academic goal.
  2. The department chair or faculty designee within the discipline to learn more about the exam(s), assignments and grading rubric.
Required Next Steps to start the process:
  1. Complete and submit the Credit by Exam form (coming soon)
  2. Register for the course
  3. Pay the fees (non-refundable)
  4. Arrange all the details with the assigned discipline faculty- the assessments, exams, dates and deadlines
  5. Complete the exams and assignments by the established deadlines

ProTip: the fees are non-refundable, find out what you'll need to do before starting the process and paying for the course. 

Due Date to request Credit by Exam: April 9, 2021. 

Before you go any further....
Here are the approved CbyE courses:

These are the only courses approved for CbyE. More courses coming soon. 

Business, English and Language Arts Division:

  • American Sign Language 1
  • American Sign Language 2
  • English 1A
  • French 1
  • French 2
  • German 1
  • German 2
  • Italian 1
  • Italian 2
  • Japanese 1
  •  Japanese 2
  • Library 10
  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
Some Important Facts

CbyE is different from clearing a prerequisite

Clearing a prerequisite
  • Free of charge
  • Evaluation of coursework previously completed 
  • No units earned toward your degree
  • Only allows you to register in the course with the prerequisite 
  • Notated as an "EQ" in your Student Planning Timeline
  • Not transcripted: meaning the cleared pre-requisite will not appear on your Cabrillo transcript 
Earning Credit by Exam
  • Registration in the course is required
  • Registration fees are assessed and billed (non-refundable)
  • Cabrillo units will be earned
  • May satisfy a degree or GE degree requirement
  •  New work and exams will be evaluated according to course rubrics
  • A letter grade will be assigned, you can also choose P/NP or decline the grade 
  • Units and grade will be transcripted and will appear on your Cabrillo transcript
I've been approved; I'm ready to start!

What can I expect?

Taking Exams

After your Credit for Prior Learning Form has been approved, it is your responsibility to initiate and complete the process by:

  1. registering for the designated course section
  2. paying the registration fees
  3. meeting with the department chair or faculty designee for instructions about the exam(s) and to set an exam schedule
  4. completing the exam(s) by the established deadlines.

Once the exam(s) is completed, the department chair or faculty designee determines whether the your exam submission demonstrates sufficient mastery of the course content and assigns a grade for the petition based on the course exam results.

Completing Assignments

After your Credit for Prior Learning Form has been approved, it is the your responsibility to initiate and complete the process by:

  1. registering for the designated course section
  2. paying the registration fees
  3. meeting with the department chair or faculty designee for further instructions to complete assignments and set a deadline for submission.
  4. submitting the assignments by the deadline.

Once submitted, the department chair or faculty designee determines whether or not your assignments demonstrate sufficient mastery of the course content and assigns a grade for the petition based on the course rubric.