According to OSU's Academic Regulations for "Special Examination for Credit" (AR 23), students may request an examination to replace OSU's required course of HHS 231. This can be done for credit or for waiver of requirement (details below).

Successful completion of the Special Exam will satisfy two of the three-credit Fitness requirement in the Baccalaureate Core (HHS 231 (2-Credit)). This does NOT satisfy the one credit Physical Activity Course (PAC) requirement for the Bacc Core Fitness skill. In addition to the Special Exam, students will need to complete a 1-credit PAC class. 

Who CAN take the Special Exam?

While open to all students, this exam is intended for transfer students whose previous coursework does not match the HHS 231 equivalent.

Who CANNOT take the Special Exam?

The exam may not be taken by students currently or previously registered for HHS 231. Only one Special Exam attempt is allowed.

For more details, see the academic regulations AR 23 and AR 24


General Overview- The Special Exam has two parts:

PART 1: Completion of the Petition for Approval form from the Registrar's office.
The "Examination for Credit or Waiver" form can be found under Additional Forms on the Office of the Registrar's Forms page.

PART 2: The successful completion of the exam. This is a rigorous exam that assumes college level comprehension of Physical Activity and Nutrition knowledge and application. 

When is the Exam Offered?

  • The exam is ONLY offered Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms.
  • The Special Exam is NOT offered Summer Term.


HHS Special Exam for Credit or Waiver Procedure

  • Ecampus students: Contact Joan Oakes for procedures.
  • Undergraduate students: Contact Dan Roberson and Dr. Erica Woekel through this email form before applying.

Undergraduate Corvallis Student Directions for Applying:

1. Please begin the process by obtaining a form called "Examination for Credit or Waiver" from the Registrar's office and fill out. Note: The fee is $80, charged to the student's account.

2. Complete the "Examination of Credit or Waiver" portion of the form.

Information regarding waiver and credit can be found in the OSU Online Catalog - Academic Regulations. Read academic regulations 23 and 24. 

  • For Credit: Successful completion will give you 2 credits for HHS 231. You have options of A-F grading (contributes to overall GPA) or S/U grading (does not contribute to overall GPA). Students do not need to pay credit dollars.
  • For Waiver: Successful completion will satisfy a portion of the Bacc Core Fitness Skill Requirement (HHS 231 portion), no credits given.  1-credit PAC course still required.  

3. Obtain signatures required on the form (in this order):

(1) Instructor and Chair of Academic Department the course is offered in. This is signed by the Director of the Lifetime Fitness for Health Program in Langton 123. Signing the petition in most cases will take between 24 to 48 hours, so please plan accordingly.
(2) From the Dean of Academic College can be obtained at the same time as (1). Contacting the Dean is NOT necessary. 
(3) From your advisor (or head advisor in your academic college).


4. Deliver the original of the signed form to the Office of the Registrar in Kerr Administration Building by 5pm on the 3rd Friday of the term.

5. Deliver a photocopy of the signed form to the Director of the Lifetime Fitness for Health Program, Dr. Erica Woekel in Langton 123.

6. Special Exam Preparation

  • All information from the HHS 231 textbook is examinable.
  • Pearson Custom Library Health w/ Mastering Access code (Print version) ISBN: 9781269764537 OR Etext Access Code ISBN: 9781269982078 (copies available at Valley Library: Course Reserves (circulation desk)). 
  • The Special Exam has a 2-hour time-limit.
  • Exam consists of multiple choice, true/false, matching, and short answer questions up to 200 points. 
  • If you have any questions, please use the form below to contact us.
7. Day of the Exam
  • The Special Exam is scheduled as follows:
  • Fall Term 2017: Wednesday, October 25, 7-9pm, Location: Milne 130  (map)
  • Winter Term 2017: Wednesday, February 7, 7-9pm, Location: TBA
  • Spring Term 2017: Wednesday, Week 5, 7-9pm, Location: TBA
  • You must bring:
    • Your OSU student ID   
    • a calculator
8. Grading
  • The multiple choice and True/ False questions are graded automatically.
  • The short answer questions are graded by an HHS instructor.
  • The exam takes about two-three weeks to grade. Final grades are delivered to the Registrar's Office. 
  • Special Exam percentages are not rounded or curved nor are there extra credit opportunities. Therefore 79.5% is a C+ not a B-.
  • Students who pass the Special Exam are considered to have met two of the three fitness requirement credits of Baccalaureate Core.  Students will still need to enroll in a PAC class to fulfill the third requirement.
9. The student will be notified by e-mail their final grade.