Who is eligible for credit by departmental examination? Departmental examinations for credit in specific courses may be given by a department upon application by the student and approval of the department chair. NOTE: Students who have either been enrolled in a course for more than three weeks or already have a recorded failure for a course may NOT apply for credit by examination. How is credit awarded for departmental examinations? Credit, if awarded, will be recorded without grades or quality points and will not be included in the calculation of the grade point average. The amount of credit given is determined by the appropriate academic dean and department chair.