Institutional Challenge Exam (ICE)

The Institutional Challenge Exam (ICE) is available to students with a satisfactory justification of previous knowledge in a subject area based upon a non-college training program, job experience, or self-learning as an opportunity to earn credit toward a selected degree program.

**NOTE: To preserve the integrity of ICE as a measure of prior learning, there will be a 30-day timeframe, by which students must adhere and complete the ICE.


  • Students must email the appropriate ICE Request Form to, once the student has matriculated in their first semester at Liberty University.
  • Undergraduate ICE Request Form (Please submit once prepared for the exam and registration fee).
  • Divinity ICE Request Form (Please submit once prepared for the exam and registration fee).
  • An ICE exam can only be taken once per course.
  • An ICE exam cannot be taken if the course is currently being taken or has been taken at Liberty.
  • The minimum passing scores for upper- and lower-level undergraduate courses are set at a "C" grade.

  • The minimum passing score for graduate level courses is a B minus according to the grading scale in use at the time the exam is taken.

  • An ICE must be taken in one sitting.
  • Exams must be completed no later than one month from the time the student receives access to the test.
  • Once the ICE request has been submitted via email, and the request has been approved you will have immediate access to the exam. 

  • Students are only allowed to register for an ICE once. Re-registration is not allowed.  


  • It is at the discretion of the faculty to not approve an ICE exam request from a student.
  • Credits earned through ICE are applied as transfer credit and do not count toward the minimum number of hours that have to be taken through Liberty in order to have a degree conferred.
  • The majority of the course work for any program of study must be earned through Liberty University. Institutional credit requirements for each program are listed within the degree completion plans.

  • Only the following courses may be taken as graduate Institutional Challenge Exams: CHHI 520, CHHI 525, NBST 515, NBST 520, NGRK 505, NGRK 520, NGRK 525, OBST 515, OBST 520, OTCL 505, OTCL 520, OTCL 620, THEO 525, THEO 530Students cannot take ICE exams after classes begin in their semester. Please see Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog for more information.


  • A $50 registration fee will be billed to your Liberty account upon registration. 

  • A $15 per credit hour fee will be assessed if the exam is passed. This will be billed to your Liberty account. 

Testing Information
The following information is only intended for students registering for ICE and/or LHBI/WSB portfolio validation exams.

(I)nstitutional (C)hallenge (E)xams are administered through Liberty University’s learning management system, Blackboard. Students complete these examinations completely online.  The majority of the exams are objective test questions.

The use of notes, books, websites, etc. is prohibited while taking your exam.  This is not an open book exam.  The test should be taken without study materials of any kind.

If you experience ANY technical issues with your exam, contact the helpdesk immediately following the situation and email the ticket number to

**Institutional Challenge Exams are developed internally by Liberty University for students who have previous knowledge in certain subjects. Institutional Challenge Exams allow students the opportunity to earn degree credit. However, because the exams have been created specifically for Liberty University students, other Institutions are not obligated to recognize or transfer the credit.

Institutional Challenge Exams offered to Liberty University Online students only (completed through Blackboard).

BIBL 104-Survey of Biblical Literature
BIBL 105-Old Testament Survey
BIBL 110-New Testament Survey
BIBL 450-Daniel - Revelation
BIBL 497-Bible Prophecies
THEO 104-Intro to Christian Thought
THEO 201-Theology Survey I
THEO 202-Theology Survey II
THEO 497-Eschatology
CSIS 100- Introduction to Information   Sciences and Systems 

Graduate Institutional Challenge Exams offered to Liberty University Online students only (completed through Blackboard).

CHHI 520-History of Christianity I
CHHI 525-History of Christianity II
NBST 515-New Testament Orientation I
NBST 520-New Testament Orientation II
NGRK 505- Greek Language Tools
NGRK 520-Beginning Greek I
NGRK 525-Beginning Greek II
OBST 515-Old Testament Orientation I
OBST 520-Old Testament Orientation II
OTCL 505-Hebrew Language Tools
OTCL 520-Beginning Hebrew
OTCL 620-Hebrew Syntax
THEO 525-Systematic Theology I
THEO 530-Systematic Theology II

Sample ICE Questions

1.Poetic Books express the ___ for Christ.
a. Hurt
b. Aspiration
c.  Love
d. Beauty
2. Ezekiel witnessed God’s glory depart from the Temple
a. True
b. False
3. Isaac’s name means
a. Joy
b. Anger
c. Laughter
d. Peace