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Political Science Department|College of Arts & Sciences

Spring 2016 Challenge Exam · POLS 1000 Credit by Exam

Final Spring 2016 Semester Challenge Exam Rescheduled

The final challenge exam of this semester was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 26. Due to the snow storm and campus-wide power outrage, the Political Science department was unable to administer the test on this day. The final challenge exam has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 3. It will still be held in Business Building, room 129.

If you were scheduled to take the test on this day, please contact the Political Science department to confirm that you will be able to take the test on this new date. We ask that those students that have already signed up contact us no later than Friday, April 29. If you can't attend this test session, please contact the department and we will work with you to come up with an alterative solution. You can reach Political Science by either emailing or calling  307-766-6484.

Wyoming Government Exam (1 credit hour)

Students who have completed a college course in U.S. national government may satisfy the Wyoming government portion of the requirement by taking an exam on Wyoming State politics. This 1-hour examination consists of 50 questions (multiple choice and true/false). Passing = 70%. This exam may be retaken once in your academic career. Sitting fee and application are required for each attempt.

The following book should be obtained: THE EQUALITY STATE, Government and Politics in Wyoming (7th Edition, 2012), by Political Science faculty (available in the UW Bookstore or Coe Library). 

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 17 6 pm
Thursday, March 24 6 pm
Tuesday, May 3
6 pm
Place: Business Building 129

American & Wyoming Government Exam (3 credit hours)

Individuals desiring to challenge the entire course (3 hrs. - national and state government) may take a comprehensive examination. This exam consists of 150 multiple choice and true/false questions. Students should obtain the books for POLS 1000, which should include an American Government book as well as the Wyoming government book listed above, from the UW Bookstore and read the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions. Passing = 70%. This exam may be retaken once in your academic career. Sitting fee and application are required for each attempt.

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 3
6 pm
Place: Business Building 129

On Campus Application Procedure

Students wishing to take the Challenge Exam must first visit the Office of the Registrar in Knight Hall. They should request either the Wyoming Government or American & Wyoming Challenge Exam. The Registrar will check the student's eligibility and determine which test he or she should take. The Registrar will then help the student complete a credit by exam form and send him or her to the Cashier's Office to pay the $80 sitting fee. Once the credit by exam form is complete and the sitting fee has been paid, the student should bring form and the receipt to the Political Science department office, Arts & Sciences Building, room 136. Students that have not filled out the credit by exam form or paid the sitting fee will not be allowed to sign up for or take the test. Completed credit by exam forms must be received in the Political Science Department Office (AS 136) no later than 1 pm on the day before the exam.

Off Campus Application Procedure

Contact the UW Political Science Department at or (307) 766-6484 to arrange the sign-up process and assistance setting up a qualified proctor in your own community. This process is available to off campus students only and can take 2-3 weeks to complete.

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