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2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

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Education Departmental Challenge Exams

The credit by examination program offers students with prior experience or education the opportunity to complete tests and apply for credit for the Maricopa Community Colleges Education courses. Credits for the EDU courses may be obtained by taking and passing the Educational Departmental Challenge Exams.


  • Testing is available only with departmental permission. Please contact the Education Department directly at to obtain permission.
  • Once departmental permission has been granted, the EDU department will alert Testing and the student directly. You can then go to the Tempe Testing Center to complete your exam.
  • Individuals must be a former or current Rio Salado student to receive credit.

Hours and Locations

Currently, the Educational Departmental Challenge Exams are given at our Tempe Testing Center. Please contact the Testing Office to schedule your exam. You must arrive with ample time to complete your test; we close promptly at our closing time.

RSC Tempe
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
2nd floor of the Tower

Monday-Thursday: 8:00am to 9:00pm (last test administered at 6:00pm)
Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm (last test administered at 2:00pm)
Saturday: 8:00am to 5:00pm (last test administered at 2:00pm)

Fees and Methods of Payment

  • Fees based on current cost per credit hour and due on the day of testing. Contact the testing center for more information regarding fees. 
  • Fees are non-refundable and are subject to change without prior notice.

The preferred method of payment for all transactions is by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express). Certified funds (cashier's checks and money orders) made payable to Rio Salado Community College are required when Student Business Services office in not available to process payment. Cash is not an acceptable form of payment.


Picture identification is required. Candidates must present a current, valid, recognizable, state or federal issued photo ID in order to be admitted to a Credit by Examination testing room.

Applicants Outside of Maricopa County, AZ

Titles & Descriptions

Each test module is a computer-based exam. Students are typically allotted 3 hours to complete an exam module. Test questions cover a wide variety of content related to the course competencies. Please contact specific content department for more information regarding exam materials and policies.

Study Materials

  • Students may find it useful to review course description and competency information available at the Maricopa Community Colleges' Curriculum website.
  • Some students may also find it useful to consult a textbook that is currently used for the course. Consult the campus bookstore for current textbook selections. Sometimes, textbooks may also be available for review at a campus library.


  • Students must earn a minimum of 80 out of 100 points to pass this assessment.
  • After testing, your examination will be sent to a reviewer for grading and sent to the specific content department for processing. Once reviewed, you will be sent an email with the results of the assessment.
  • For more information about Education Departmental Challenge exams, please contact the Education Department.

Credit and Transcripts

  • Only grades of A, B, C or D earned as a result of this examination will be recorded in the student's academic record, however D grades will not be applied toward a Certificate of Completion.
  • Students may NOT receive credit through the examination process for courses in which they have already received college credit.
  • Credit earned through Credit by Examination is transferable within the Maricopa Community Colleges. It is strongly recommended that you check with your local college or university regarding credit transferability prior to registering for the exams.
  • Credit awarded for Education Departmental Challenge Exams will appear on your transcript, four to six weeks after completing the examination. To view this credit, please login to your Student Center at

Repeating Tests

You may take an exam only one time. If you fail to receive a passing score, you will need to register for the course, pay full tuition, and complete the course as designed.

For more information about Rio Salado Colleges Certificates and Degree programs, please contact an academic advisor at 480-517-8580 or toll free at 800-729-1197 or by email at