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Challenge Exams

Bypass Courses

Challenge Exams allow you to bypass lower-level courses to accelerate your progress toward your degree or certificate.  Contact a testing center for more information.


  • score 70 percent or higher to bypass BIO 156
  • untimed test
  • 70 multiple-choice questions.
  • See Testing Center for more information


  • timed 45 minute test
  • 25 multiple-choice questions
  • Placement
    • 0-16 = CHM 080
    • 17-20= CHM 151RC & CHM 151IN
    • 21-25 = CHM 151IN
  • See Testing Center for more information


Credit by Examination

You may be able to earn college credit by examination if you have already gained the knowledge and/or mastered the content of certain courses.   Pima recognizes certain national standardized tests and also provides credit challenge exams at the discretion of the instructor.  Learn more about credit by examination.