Challenge Examinations are developed by USM faculty members to match content of specific courses, and may be written and/or oral. These tests are available only to matriculating USM students, and are used selectively in some, but not all departments. Contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment to check on current availability of the challenge exam process for your individual needs, or e-mail the PLA director for more information and registration. At the time of your registration, PLA asks that you pay the preparation fee which goes directly to the faculty who creates your exam. Upon successful completion of your challenge exam, payment is required to post your credits.