Departmental Exams

Credit by Exam consists of Ohio State-specific tests that allow students to earn EM (examination mark) credit toward graduation by successfully completing tests in subject areas. Two types of tests created by The Ohio State University are used to measure content knowledge for specific courses: EM tests and departmental exams.


  • You must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at The Ohio State University to receive credit for EM tests.
  • EM credit will not be awarded for courses that are prerequisites to those for which credit already has been earned.
  • EM credit will not be awarded for any course in which a student has received either a mark at Ohio State or transfer credit from another institution.
  • Examination credit awarded by another higher education institution is evaluated as part of Ohio State’s transfer credit evaluation process.
  • Students currently enrolled in a course may take an EM test for that course only during the first week of the term. (For autumn semester only, students can take the test and be enrolled in the course during the first two weeks of the term.)
  • Students are advised to check their individual major requirements for exclusion information that would prevent the awarding of EM credit for any particular course, program or subject area.
  • EM tests cannot be repeated.


To take a Departmental Exam:

  • Contact the department as indicated in the Departmental Exam list of courses.


To take a Departmental Exam at a regional campus, contact your campus advising office.


Departmental Exams are not repeatable.


Below are a list of departments that have Departmental Exams available.

Contact: Nicole Allender  (

Students may not take the ACCTMIS 2200 and ACCTMIS 2300 exams in the same semester.

Students who register for an exam but fail to show up or give 48-hour notice of cancellation forfeit their chance of signing up for a future exam.

ACCTMIS 2200 – Introduction to Accounting I (3)

Preparation and use of accounting reports for business entities; focus on uses of accounting for external reporting, emphasizing accounting as a provider of financial information. A 2-hour exam. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 (200) or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 2000 (310), 211 or equivalent.

ACCTMIS 2300 – Introduction to Accounting II (3)

The uses of accounting reports by managers to make business decisions and to control business operations; focus is on the internal use of accounting information. A 2-hour exam. Prerequisites: 2200 (211) and Econ 2001.01 (200) or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 2000 (310), 212 or equivalent.


Contact: 614-292-6009

2210 Elements of Biochemistry (4)

A survey of biochemistry stressing the qualitative rather than the quantitative approach. Credit does not count toward a major in biochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1110 (102), or 1210 (122) or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 211 and 212. Recommended text: Betteleheim, Fredrick A., et al., Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry. Harcourt.

4511 Introduction to Biological Chemistry (4)

An introductory course in biochemistry dealing with: the molecular basis of structure; metabolism; genetic replication; transcription; and translation in plants, animals, and microorganisms. Prerequisite: CHEM 1220 (123) or 1250 (125); and 2510 (252) or 2310 (231); and one semester of Biological Sciences; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 511.


Contact: 614-292-2265

3000 Soil Science (3)

Knowledge of soil science is assessed by a 2-hour comprehensive objective exam, with topics including: the processes and factors important in the formation, differentiation, and distribution of soils; the physical conditions and chemical constituents of soil minerals and organic matter; and the essential roles of biological activity, nutrient cycling, water retention, and water movement on ecosystem services provided by the soil resource. Students should have knowledge and experience comparable to students who have successfully completed CHEM 1101 or 1121. Recommended text: Singer, Michael J., and Munns, Donald N., Soils: An Introduction. Prentice Hall, 2005. 6th Edition.


Contact: 614-292-7969

2310 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3)

Nutrient and food energy needs of the human biological system throughout the life cycle including energy balance with consideration of social-psychological factors. It is advised to have a level of knowledge or experience comparable to students who have successfully completed 3 credit hours of biological sciences; or an equivalent, a comprehensive introductory chemistry course, and an introductory nutrition course. A 2-hour objective and essay exam, requiring an 80% to pass. Recommended text: Byrd-Bredbenner, C., et al., Perspectives in Nutrition. McGraw-Hill, 2012. 9th Edition.


Contact: 614-292-6994

Students who feel that their math placement into 1050 or 1075 is incorrect, or who wish to qualify for more advanced courses, will have an opportunity to take a proficiency exam.

Students will not take another placement test, but rather an exam similar to a final over the course of their initial placement. A score of 70% or higher is required for consideration of being moved ahead. While any student is welcome to take advantage of this testing opportunity, experience has shown that only about 5% of those who test actually succeed in advancing their placement. Students interested in scheduling for a test should contact Math Advising Office, 250 Math Building, 231 W. 18th Ave. or


Contact: 614-292-6571

Examinations must be arranged through the area chairperson for each course. Contact the School of Music, 110 Weigel Hall, 1866 College Road.

Courses available for examination credit:

  • 2201 Applied Music (2)
  • 2201 Applied Music (2)
  • 2202 Sight-Reading for Pianists (1)
  • 2220 Introduction to Music Technology (1)
  • 2221 Music Theory I (2)
  • 2222 Music Theory II (2)
  • 2224 Aural Training I (2)
  • 2225 Aural Training II (2)
  • 2261.01 Keyboard Skills I (1)
  • 2262.01 Keyboard Skills II (1)
  • 2263.01 Keyboard Skills III (1)
  • 2264.01 Keyboard Skills IV (1)
  • 3421 Music Theory III (2)
  • 3422 Music Theory IV (2)
  • 3424 Aural Training III (2)
  • 3425 Aural Training IV (2)