CREX Testing

Departmental challenge exams, or CREX exams, are coordinated by the Office of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) in cooperation with the Academic Departments at Bucks and are often administered in the Testing Center. Students will need to work with up to four areas of the College for the process of challenging a Bucks course by CREX.

Four Areas

1) The Academic Department that offers the course

Contact the Academic Department(s) directly to obtain exam information and an Invoice. The Academic Department will provide information regarding test preparation and whether the exam is administered in the Testing Center or the Department.

2) The Office of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Complete the top portion and Section 1 of the PLA Application, available online, read and sign the back and return it to Student Services. Students wishing to challenge a Bucks course via CREX should familiarize themselves with Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Bucks to ensure that they meet and follow the eligibility guidelines and do not miss any potential opportunities to pursue equivalent credit.

3) Student Accounts

CREX exams cost $100 each and the non-refundable fee must be paid to Student Accounts prior to taking the exam. Students will need to provide proof of payment to schedule their CREX exam with the Academic Department or the Testing Center.

4) The Testing Center when applicable

If the CREX exam is administered at the Testing Center, a current government issued ID (e.g., a driver's license, non-driver's State ID card, or passport) is required for any test at the Bucks Testing Center.

Preparing for a CREX Examination

Even when you feel confident of your knowledge of the material, be sure to prepare for the exam. The Academic Department will provide you with information specific to the exam, such as the type of test and names of text book(s) and/or resource materials to review. If you have already taken or are currently enrolled in the course for the CREX exam you want to take, you must obtain permission from the Assistant Academic Dean of the Department in which the course is taught.

Only the exams listed here may be taken to challenge the associated Bucks course. Scores at or above the minimum will lead to equivalent credit for the associated Bucks course, but no letter grade will be awarded.Students who do not achieve the minimum score must wait six months prior to repeating the exam. Credit awarded from a CREX exam will not replace a course grade that is on your Bucks transcript.

Credit based upon examination may not be transferable. However, some colleges and universities may have a process for awarding equivalent credit based upon departmental challenge exam results. You should work directly with the transfer institution to request that they consider them for credit.

Challenge by Exam: Departmental Challenge Exams - CREX

Department of the Arts
Hicks 125 · (215) 968-8425

Bucks Course

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

MUSC100

70

3

MUSC111/115

70

6

MUSC112/116

70

6

MUSC211/215

70

6

MUSC212/216

70

6

VAFA100

70

3

VAMM100

70

3

Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 · (215) 968-8227

Bucks Course

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

ACCT103

70

3

HRIM110

70

3

HRIM121

70

3

MEDA120

70

3

OADM140

70

3

OADM225

70

3

Department of Health, Physical Education and Nursing
Gym 102 · (215) 968-8450

Bucks Course

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

HLTH103

80

3

HLTH120/HLTH120N

80

3

NURS101

Open only to LPNs and/or students transferring from other ACEN accredited Nursing programs.

pass

6

NURS102

Open only to LPNs and/or students transferring from other ACEN accredited Nursing programs.

pass

6

NURS120

Only open to LPNs and RNs.

80

1

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Founders 113A · (215) 968-8305

Bucks Course

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

CISC100

70

3

CISC113

70

3

CISC115

70

4

CISC128 

70

4

CISC143

70

4

MATH115

70

3