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Competency Based Exams

Any examinees who normally receive special accomodations for testing MUST notify UTSA Testing Services prior to testing in order for arrangements to be confirmed with UTSA Disability Services and made with the Testing Services offices.


Competency Based Exam Online Registration

Competency Based exams are only available to enrolled UTSA students. Registration can be done online by logging into ASAP.


Competency Based Exam Fee - $180 per subject

All fees are subject to change.


Students may not retake the same Competency Based exam subject.

Competency Based Exams at UTSA

Students who take and successfully pass a competency based exam will receive credit in the course for which the exam was taken.  The grade of “CR” will not be included in the UTSA grade point average but the hours for the course will contribute to overall hours taken and count toward the minimum UTSA residence requirements. 

Provisionally admitted students and other special admit students need to refer to their advising area prior to attempting any credit by exam process as those hours may not qualify for hour completion of that program.

The following Competency Based exams are accepted for course credit at UTSA, if they were taken on or after June 1, 2014.

Test Name
Competency Portfolio Option*
WRC 1013
Credit / No Credit
WRC 1023
WRC 1013 & WRC 1023
MAT 1073
MAT 1023
Government & Politics**
POL 1133
5 with 5 on AP
8 with 4 on AP
11 with 3 on AP

*Specific requirements must be met prior to attempting the Competency Portfolio Option including: 1. Student must be a Junior or Senior who has written papers for their major/degree requirements 2. Student has not been able to register for Freshman Composition I or II. Contact the Writing Programs Department for further details at: (210)458-5363.

**Students must also have AP credit for American Government prior to attempting the Competency Exam. Students who earn a score of 1 or 2 on the AP American Government exam are not eligible to take the Competency Exam.



Important Parking Notice See Below:
Starting August 1, 2012: Visitor Hangtags will no longer be available at the Visitor Booth on Edward Ximenes Avenue. Students without a UTSA parking permit will be required to park in metered parking in the Bauerle or Ximenes parking garages. Hourly charges apply. Regular visitors are encouraged to consider purchasing a Fast Pass, a preloaded value card that allows a customer swipe access to and from the Bauerle Rd or Ximenes Ave. garages. No need to pull a ticket or pay at the cashier office with the Fast Pass. More infromation is available on the FastPass webpage.

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