Ad Hoc Test-Outs
At times certain professors or departments would be willing to sign off that certain students need not take their courses, contingent upon the results of an ad hoc test of some sort, whether it be to pass that class’s final exam or to have a more informal interview. A friend of mine, for instance, was granted permission to forego an otherwise required language class after sitting down with a professor over pizza to converse in Swedish. As with experience-based credits, students with a particular proficiency with a certain subject matter should check in with the applicable department to see if they can make such arrangements.
Relatedly, in very limited instances colleges, particularly those that serve an older student body, will accept life experiences as worthy of class waivers. For instance, I’ve seen business majors with self-employment under their belt and social sciences students with previous residency in foreign lands receive formal acknowledgement of the value of these experiences in the form of credit hours and core requirement waivers. Even if on a long shot, any incoming student with a high level of experience in an area of required study should check with the applicable department to see if they might accept said experience in lieu of time in the classroom.