Business Lab

School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754

Challenge Exams

If you believe you already have the skills you would gain in a required Madison College class, you can request a challenge exam or submit experiential credit.  If you pass, you'll get the credit for that class on your MATC transcript.

Administrative fees for any prior learning assessments will be charged to your student account beginning fall 2017.

  • Challenge Exams: $50 per exam/course
  • Experiential Credit/Portfolio reviews: $50 per course request ($90 per course request starting January 1, 2018)

Challenge exams during the fall and spring school year at Truax can be taken Monday through Thursday in the Business Lab (room D3610). Exam hours vary depending on the coodinator's schedule, so please suggest available times when filling out the request from. If you prefer a quieter environment when taking exams, it would be best to request them in the early mornings or later afternoons. If you require an evening appointment, you will need to find a proctor to administer the exam for you, and please choose the online option when filling out the Challenge Exam Form.

Challenge Exam Request Form

  • You must show a photo ID.
  • If you are using a proctor, you should coordinate with your proctor to schedule your exam and email the agreed-upon date and time to:
  • Please arrive at least two hours prior to the lab closing time to allow sufficient time to complete the exam.
  • A challenge exam is for a specific course and may be taken one time only. If a passing score is not achieved, you will need to complete the course if it is required for your program.
  • If you registered for a challenge exam session but cannot attend, please contact the Business Lab at (608) 243-4019 at least 24 hours in advance so that your spot may be offered to another student.
  • The Business Technology office reserves the right to deny Challenge Exam requests if guidelines and/or procedures are not met. If you have any questions, please contact at Truax.
  • You cannot be currently enrolled (past the first week of classes) in the course you are attempting to challenge.  
  • No challenge exam will be offered if you drop the course for the exam you are trying to take.
  • You may not take a challenge exam for a course you previously failed.  
Available Exams

All Microsoft Office challenge exams will be given using version 2013 of the software.

Click the links below to see the Outline of Instruction (OOI) to see what objectives will be covered to help you decide if this is a good challenge exam for you to take.

** Additional experiential forms needed to obtain Advanced Standing. You will be emailed this information.

^ Use of financial calculator is required.

Experiential Credit

If you feel you already have the necessary experience required of a course, you may qualify for experiential credit. The available courses are listed below along with any available links to the applications, guidelines and rubrics. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Lab at 608-243-4019 or via email:

You may only apply one time per course. If your application is denied and you need the course for your degree, please enroll. Please submit all experiential credit to:

Email (preferred):

Or mail to:
Madison College
Business Lab
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704

Available experiential credit:

** Experiential credit also has a challenge exam piece that will need to be completed and passed prior to requesting Business Information Management credit.