Testing is a quick and inexpensive way to earn college credit. Some exams are limited to high school students, while others can be completed by anyone at anytime. Below are some previously evaluated options, with details of potential transfer. Credit maximums apply. Visit our transfer guides to determine where an exam could be applied to your program.
The College-Level Exam Program (CLEP), sponsored by the College Board, is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States. CLEP is a series of computer-based examinations that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of subjects. CLEP tests allow students to demonstrate knowledge of introductory college-level content. For information about testing centers, fees, subject content, requesting transcripts, or ordering study materials or go to College Board. Students can apply a combined maximum of 40 credits for college-level examinations.
CLEP Transfer Guide
The DSST program is a nationally recognized program that gives students the opportunity to earn college credit for learning acquired outside of the traditional classroom. DSST, formerly known as DANTES and currently administered by Prometric, is a nationally recognized testing program with over 1,200 testing locations. Exams correspond to college-level subjects and allow students to demonstrate knowledge equivalent to that learned in a college course. Students can apply a combined maximum of 40 credits for college-level examinations.
DANTES Transfer Guide
AP: Advanced Placement
A student who does advanced work in a secondary school may take Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations, which are based on college-level studies. Credit may be awarded for AP Examinations depending upon the grades earned on the examination. Up to 30 credits from AP can be applied to an undergraduate degree program.
AP Transfer Guide
A person who does advanced work in a secondary school may take the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education courses, which are based on college-level studies. Credit may be awarded for certain Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education courses. Depending on the course, credit can be earned with a passing grade of A, B, C, D, or E for Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and/or Advanced Level (A Level) courses. No credit is awarded for courses taken at the Ordinary Level (O Level). The schedule of credit awarded for Cambridge AICE may be revised annually.
Cambridge AICE/GCE Transfer Guide
CAPE: Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination
A person who does advanced work in a secondary school may take the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), which are based on college-level studies. Credit may be awarded for CAPE, depending upon the course unit and grades earned. Depending on the course and unit taken, credit can be earned with a passing grade of I, II, III, or IV. The schedule of credit awarded for Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations may be revised annually.
CAPE Transfer Guide
IB: International Baccalaureate
A person who does work based on college-level studies in an international baccalaureate program in a secondary school may take the higher level examinations. Credit may be awarded for higher level examinations of the international baccalaureate depending upon the grades earned on the examination. Subjects examined at the higher level with an earned grade of 5 or higher will be considered for transfer credit. Up to 30 credits from IB can be applied to an undergraduate degree program.
IB Transfer Guide