Challenge Exams (CSIS)

The Department offers students an opportunity to test out and gain credit for several of our courses. The list for CSIS is given below. All CSIS exams are administered within the department for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 terms. Please contact us for details.

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business offers departmental challenge exams to earn credit for some coursework.

Procedure for Departmental Challenge Request:

  1. The student must contact the appropriate department for the exam they are requesting before registering and paying for the exam. The department will make sure the exam is available and that the student is qualified to take the exam.

  2. By clicking on the Departmental Challenge link on the Academics tab or accessing the Departmental Challenge page directly, the student selects the link (below) with the exam(s) they wish to register for and pays for the exam(s) with a debit or credit card through the Marketplace Store.

  3. An email request is sent to the department.

  4. The department contacts the student to schedule the exam(s).

  5. If the student successfully passes the challenge exam(s), the department chair/representative will send notification to the Office of the Registrar.

  6. Credit will be posted to the student's academic record if the student is currently enrolled.

Proctoring

All challenge exams are proctored. The Center for Undergraduate Business Advising proctors exams taken on the Murray campus. Students may arrange with CUBA to take the exam at one of the regional campuses or at another location approved by CUBA.

Fee

The fee for each challenge exam is stated in the Schedule of Fees available on the Murray State Bursar's Office Web site. There may be fees for software used in the testing process. These fees must be paid in advance.

Qualifications

To qualify for an exam, a student must

  • have the pre-requisites for the course.

  • meet any additional requirements for the exam (listed individually for each exam below).

Registering for an exam

Register here

Read the information on this page, and then click "Departmental Challenge Exams - Business." Follow the instructions to register and pay for the exam(s) you want to take. Within a week after registering, a CUBA adviser will contact the student via email to schedule the exam.

Other General Information

AJB-COB challenge exams are credit by examination. More information about credit by examination is available in the current academic catalog. As with all credit by examination credit, students

  • cannot use a challenge exam to replace a failing course grade.

  • cannot take a challenge exam while enrolled in the course that is being challenged

  • cannot use a challenge exam for graduate credit.

Exam Topics

  • Credit Hours: 3 (effective Fall 2022)

  • Prerequisites: MAT 220 and CSC 199

  • Exam Topics: CIS 243 Challenge Exam Topics [pdf]

  • Length of Exam: 2 hours

  • Additional Requirements: None

  • Exam Description: During this exam, you may bring the following resources to use during the test:

    • A calculator

    • A book or multiple books

    • A formula sheet: both sides of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper (written comments can also appear on the formula sheet)

  • Credit Hours: 3 (effective fall 22)

  • Prerequisites: CIS 243 or STA 135 (Minimum grade of C), MAT 220

  • Exam Topics: CIS 343 Challenge Exam Topics [pdf]

  • Exam Practice: CIS 343 Proficiency Exam Practice Problems [pdf]

  • Length of Exam: 2 hours

  • Additional Requirements: To qualify to take this exam, students must have taken and passed a qualifying introductory statistics course at another institution that that teaches the same concepts taught in this class. The Center for Undergraduate Business Advising determines which classes meet this requirement.

  • Exam Description: During this exam, you may bring the following resources to use during the test:

    • A calculator

    • A book or multiple books

    • A formula sheet: both sides of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper (written comments can also appear on the formula sheet)

  • Credit Hours: 3

  • Prerequisites: Math ACT score of at least 20 or MAT 110 or higher

  • Exam Topics: CSC 101 Challenge Exam Study Topics [pdf]

  • Length of Exam: 2 hours

  • Additional Requirements: None

  • Exam Description: This exam covers a broad range of topics regarding computer technology and basic computer programming. Please see the pdf file under Exam Topics.

  • Credit Hours: 3

  • Prerequisites: None

  • Exam Topics: CSC 125 Challenge Exam Study Topics [pdf]

  • Length of Exam: 2 hours

  • Additional Requirements: None

  • Exam Description: This exam is delivered online and will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and fill in the blank questions. The student will also be required to complete a Web page design section in which he/she must create HTML documents. Students will be able to use the partial list of tags and their corresponding attributes, the partial list of styles and their corresponding attributes, and the example form during the exam. These resources are in the exam topics link and will be provided to the student during the exam. Students will not be able to use the Internet as a resource during the exam.

  • Credit Hours: 3

  • Prerequisites: MAT 150 or equivalent

  • Exam Topics: The exam will cover some or all of the following using the Java programming language

    • Variables

    • Conditionals

    • Looping

    • Functions

    • Arrays

    • Object-oriented design and development

      • Properties

      • Methods

  • Length of Exam: 2 hours

  • Additional Requirements: Instructor recommendation.

  • Exam Description: The exam will cover the topics listed above. Students will write Java functions and design Java classes, as well as analyze existing code and calculations. The exam is pencil and paper based.

  • Credit Hours: 3

  • Prerequisites: Math ACT score of at least 19 or MAT 110

  • Exam Topics: CSC 199 Challenge Exam Study Topics [pdf]

  • Length of Exam: 4 hours

  • Additional Requirements: None

  • Exam Description: This is useful for students who are already well-versed in the Microsoft Office Suite. The exam is timed and consists of 5 components - Concepts, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Microsoft PowerPoint. You must also purchase an access code from the bookstore or online using a credit card for about $20. This code is one-time use only. The entire exam is delivered electronically.

  • Credit Hours: 3

  • Prerequisites: CSC 101

  • Exam Topics: The exam will cover some or all of the following topics using the C# programming language:

    • Variables

    • Conditionals

    • Loops

    • Functions

    • Standard input/output streams

    • Arrays

    • Structs and enumerations

    • Dynamic Memory Management

    • Pointers

    • Object-oriented Programming

  • Length of Exam: 2 hours

  • Additional Requirements: Instructor recommendation

  • Exam Description: The exam will cover the topics listed above. Students will write C# statements, functions, classes, and programs by hand. Students will analyze existing code. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of programming concepts and vocabulary. The exam is a pencil and paper based.

  • Credit Hours: 3

  • Prerequisites: None

  • Exam Topics: The exam will cover some or all of the following topics using the Python programming language:

    • variables;

    • lists and dictionaries,

    • strings and tuples;

    • file input/output;

    • control structures;

    • functions;

    • and object-oriented programming with classes

  • Length of Exam: 2 hours

  • Additional Requirements: Instructor recommendation

  • Exam Description: The exam will cover the topics listed above. Students will write Python statements, functions, classes, and programs by hand. Students will analyze existing code. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of programming concepts and vocabulary. The exam is pencil and paper based.

  • Credit Hours: 3

  • Prerequisites: CSC101

  • Exam Topics: The exam will cover some or all of the following topics using the C++ programming language:

    • Variables

    • Conditionals

    • Loops

    • Functions

    • Standard input/output streams

    • Arrays

    • Structs and enumerations

    • Dynamic Memory Management

    • Pointers

    • Object-oriented Programming

  • Length of Exam: 2 hours

  • Additional Requirements: Instructor recommendation

  • Exam Description: The exam will cover the topics listed above. Students will write C++ statements, functions, classes, and programs by hand. Students will analyze existing code. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of programming concepts and vocabulary. The exam is a pencil and paper exam.

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