Frequently Asked Questions
All the information necessary to pass the tests is included in the CIL website, including the FAQs. Please review the site and let us know if you have a question that is not answered. We cannot be held responsible for issues that arise due to a lack of understanding of CIL policies by students that have not reviewed the entire CIL website.
- There is no specific time limit on the passing of the CIL tests, although they are designed to be passed during your first year at USU. Some majors or courses may require you to finish the tests as a prerequisite. Passing all the tests early will help you avoid the procrastination issues that occur to many students around registration, program application, and graduation deadlines. We do our best to assist students who walk at graduation and move out of state, only to find that the registrar's office won't mail them their diploma since they never took the tests, but it is much easier for everyone while you're still here.
- Since the CIL tests are no longer a General Education Requirement, it is relative to a course or department as to when the tests need to be completed.
- Since the CIL requirement is part of University Studies, any USU student who graduates under the University Studies program must meet the CIL requirement by passing all 6 CIL tests. If you have passed it, you should be able to see it on your transcript under the semester in which the tests were completed.
The following students may not be required to meet the CIL requirement:
- A student graduating under the old USU General Education program.
- A student transferring to USU with an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts degree that USU accepts as meeting the University Studies requirement. This includes most schools in the USHE (Utah), AGEC (Arizona), and IGETC (California) state systems. USU also accepts Associate degrees from the BYU schools, LDS Business College, Westminster College, Boise State University, College of Southern Idaho, Idaho State University, and Western Wyoming Community College. Please consult with your advisor for the most current list.
- A student transferring to USU from a Utah College or University with a transcript which shows officially that the CIL requirement has been met at that school.
- A second bachelors student.
- A graduate student.
- With the abolishment of CIL as a General Education Requirement, only those students who belong to a specific academic department or class that include CIL are required to meet the requirement.