Challenge Exam Frequently Asked Questions

Several students have asked questions about the exam. Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions:

If you are taking the Symbolic Logic Challenge Exam, you do not need to sign up for Phil 205 beforehand.

Do not worry about saving a spot for yourself in the course. If you do not do well on the challenge exam and you still need to take Phil 205, then Professor Peschard will add you even if the course is full.

You may take the Challenge Exam if you fall into one of these categories:

  • If you took a course similar to Phil 205 here or elsewhere and received below a B, and you have since spent time studying the material.
  • If you have not taken a similar elsewhere, but you have spent time studying the material. (Note: if you are in this situation, it is not recommended that you learn logic in this manner. That said, you are still permitted to take the exam.)

But you are not allowed to take the exam...

If you have been enrolled in or audited this course at any accredited university nor received credit for it.

Information about the results of the exam will be available within a few days after the exam.

If you pass the exam, then:

If you had enrolled in Phil 205, YOU MUST DROP IT BY THE WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE. Credit for the exam will show up on your transcript (but this may not happen until the next semester).

If you did not pass the Symbolic Logic Challenge Exam, then:

Nothing about the challenge exam will show up on your transcript. You still need to satisfy the prerequisite. If you are enrolled in Phil 205, you should continue in the class.

Below is excerpted from the Bulletin:

To earn credit by examination, a student must obtain approval from the department chair and graduate coordinator. Grading options will be the same as that available for the course being challenged (letter grades, from A to F).