Challenge Exams

A Challenge Exam is an exam developed by Southwest Tech faculty that allows a student to demonstrate that they can meet the competencies of a course. Successful completion of a Challenge Exam allows a student to earn credit for that course toward completion of the program.

Depending on the course, the challenge exam could be a written or standard test or a demonstration test. Not all classes have the option for a challenge test.


  1. Contact the testing center to let the staff know which course you would like to take a test for and who the instructor is (if you know).
  2. The testing center will contact the instructor to arrange for a test.
  3. The testing center will arrange a time for you to take the test.
  4. Your account will be billed for the test once it is scheduled.
  5. Once the test is scored, you will be notified.
  6. If you pass, the credit will be awarded.


  1. The cost to take a challenge exam is $50 for a standard test and $90 for a demonstration test.
  2. The fee applies to each test taken.
  3. The charge will be added to the student’s account once the test is scheduled.
  4. This fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome.
  5. Testing fees may be eligible for financial aid.

Contact information CONTACT

Building 400, Room 480

Louise Bradley

Louise Bradley

Prior Learning/Testing Specialist
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