If I show up to the final and pass the class without doing all of the work, it counts. But it also dosn't prove I have what it takes to pass the NEXT class. If you are looking to prove something, you should really be doing all the work.
So this isn't a counts/dosn't count situation. Its a matter of what you consider more meaningful, passing the class or learning. I have no doubt Roy will make the round trip someday.....but he hasn't yet and that much should be clear.