Waiver Exams

As of July 1, 2016:
Waiver exams are only available to satisfy the US3 (California Government) requirement. Clearing US1 (US History) and US2 (American Government/US Constitution) can be done using the equivalent CLEP exam.

The California Government waiver exam is administered on an individual basis, by advance appointment only. Passing the waiver exam clears the US3 requirement, but does not yield any unit credit.

You can prepare for the exam using this reading list.

When you are ready to take the exam:

  1. E-mail the Testing Office to make an appointment. (Minimum 1-2 business day notice)
    Available times: Monday-Friday, every hour from 9:00am through 3:00pm (latest)

  2. On the day of the test, please bring:

    • Valid, current state-issued photo ID
    • Either check, money order or cashier's check payable to SJSU or cash (bring exact change)
      • SJSU students (Tower ID card required to verify): $11.00
      • Non-SJSU students: $15.00

Scores take approximately 5 business days to process.

As described above, waiver exams do not earn unit credit toward graduation and differ in this regard from "Challenge Exams" (also known as Credit by Examination/CBE) which do earn graduation credit. For more information on CBE, please e-mail the Testing Office.