A challenge examination is designed to assess your academic proficiency in a subject area and is similar to a final examination in the subject.
The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Challenge Examination (CEX) allows you to achieve credit recognition in a required subject area and thereby accrediting you for previous academic and/or experiential knowledge in a subject.
SUSS CEX is offered twice a year, typically in the 3rd and 4th week of May and November. CEX is available for selected undergraduate courses.
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CEX Waiver may be given for selected undergraduate programmes in the School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences, S R Nathan School of Human Development, and School of Science and Technology at point of admission. It is not applicable to undergraduate programmes in the School of Business and School of Law.
You will receive a waiver for CEX course(s) for your applied programme of study if you have:
- A relevant local polytechnic or NIE diploma; and
- Your graduating GPA is 3.5 or above (local Polytechnic diploma), or 4.375 or above (NIE diploma).
The waived CEX course(s) will be granted credit recognition, subject to a maximum limit of 20 credit units.
There is no appeal for waiver for CEX courses if you do not meet the criteria.
Credit Recognition for CEX
A passed CEX course will be granted credit recognition (CN) on condition that the course is: (1) relevant to your programme of study and (2) subject to a maximum limit of 60 credit units. You cannot re-use a CEX course which you have been granted CN for a degree completed earlier.
Passed CEX courses which are awarded CN will be reflected in your academic transcript and academic profile in the Student Portal as CN. Failed and absence from CEX will not be shown in your academic transcript but will be reflected in your academic profile as 'CEX Courses Taken'.
CEX is available to students enrolling to the University from July 2014 intake onwards. For enrolled students, you must register and complete your CEX courses by your first semester of study (for part time students) or by your second semester of study for CEX for major courses and by your fourth semester of study for CEX for minor courses (for full time students).
The registration periods for the May and November CEX are 1 February to 31 March and 1 August to 30 September, respectively.
You can register to take CEX courses at SUSS's CEX Portal (before the start of first semester) via SUSS's website (See 'Register for CEX') or Student e-services (after the start of first semester) by the stipulated deadlines.
You can only register CEX courses applicable to your programme of study. There is no limit to the number of courses that you can register as CEX per examination period provided there is no conflict in examination schedule.
A non-refundable CEX registration fee of S$171.20 / S$224.70 (inclusive of GST) is charged for each 5 / 10 credit unit course, respectively.
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Absence from CEX
There is no refund of CEX registration fee paid for absence from CEX.
If you register to take CEX course(s) prior to the start of your first semester of study and are absent from CEX, you may re-register (with payment) to take the same or other CEX course(s) in the subsequent examination period or when you are in your first semester of study or by your second semester of study for CEX for major courses and by your fourth semester of study for CEX for minor courses (for full time students).
If you register to take CEX course(s) and are absent from your final registered CEX (i.e. first semester for part time students and second (CEX major courses) or fourth (CEX minor courses) semester for full time students), you will have to register to take these CEX course(s) as regular courses in subsequent semesters.
Support for CEX
Upon your CEX registration, you will be given a MyMail email account with Singapore University of Social Sciences. The University will only correspond with you via this MyMail account. For each of your registered CEX course, a study guide and examination question paper from the immediate past semester will be made available via CEX portal after your CEX registration. Please note that not all CEX courses will have a study guide available. You may refer to the list of CEX courses for the availability of the study guide. CEX is only conducted locally, ie. you cannot request for an overseas examination.
Examination Arrangements and Results
You will receive an email notification to view your CEX timetable, venue details and examination information booklet approximately two (2) weeks before the start of the examination period. You can attempt CEX only once for each course.
If you fail CEX for a course which is part of the course requirement for your programme of study, you will have to register it as a regular course. You cannot take CEX for a course which you are currently registered or have previously passed or failed.
You will receive an email notification to view your CEX results towards end June or December for the May and November examination, respectively. The result for CEX is a Pass (P) or Fail (F) or Absent (U).
There is no Grade Point Value for the Pass/Fail/Absent grade of a CEX course. There is no appeal against CEX results.
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