Undergraduate Biblical Competency Exams

Students may waive 2 hours of the Old Testament Literature Competency and 2 hours of the New Testament Literature Competency requirements by optional examination.

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Both exams are offered once each semester and must be signed up for in advance with the Undergraduate Biblical & Theological Studies Department Office Coordinator.

NT & OT Biblical Competency exams will be given again in Fall 2014. There is a $10 fee for each exam. Both NT and OT exams consist of 100 multiple choice questions. 

**Students desiring to take both exams will be accommodated with a second exam sitting to be scheduled by the Undergraduate Biblical & Theological Studies Department Office Coordinator.**

Students are expected to have a basic level of familiarity with the primary story line of both Old and New Testaments, including major figures, events, history, culture, geography, and central theological themes. Study suggestions for each exam can be found at Preparation for Biblical Competency Exams (PDF).

Email BTSUndergradStudies@wheaton.edu with any questions.

Students who pass the Biblical Competency exam must satisfy the General Education requirement with additional coursework, as follows:

  • Those who pass the New Testament competency exam also must take a 300-400 level New Testament course for 2 hours. They should not take BITH 214.
  • Those who pass the Old Testament competency exam also must take a 300-400 level Old Testament course for 2 hours. They should not take BITH 212.

Students who do not take or do not pass the Biblical Competency exam must satisfy the requirement by one of the following course work options:

  • Take BITH 212 OT Literature and Interpretation for 2 hours and BITH 214 NT Literature and Interpretation for 2 hours. Students choosing this option must take an additional 2 hour OT and NT class (at the 300-400 level).
  • Take BITH 211 OT Literature and Interpretation, BITH 221 OT Literature in Three Traditions, or ARCH 211 OT Archaeology for 4 hours and BITH 213 NT Literature and Interpretation or ARCH 213 NT Archaeology for 4 hours.

Either option will satisfy the Biblical Content Competency as well as part of the Bible requirement in the Faith and Reason Cluster. See General Education requirements in the Wheaton catalog.

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