College Credit By Examination

Credit By Examination

CLEP DSST ECE TECEP GRE Subject

I just can’t describe how excited I am about credit by examination. These programs are the only reason that I and many others are college graduates. Don’t think for a moment that you won’t learn something in the process of taking these exams. And especially don’t be surprised at how much you already know as you study for them.

The key to remember when preparing for an exam is that the common formula of 70% = pass no longer applies. These tests are designed to measure your knowledge of a subject compared to the average college student taking the class. Well guess what. Average is a big range. Most of these exams only require you to get about half the answers right to earn credit. That is why myself and so many other test takers find we did much better than we thought after getting our score.

Most colleges accept credit by examination. Some colleges design their own testing programs, but the majority give credit based on the American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation. Each exam is given a recommended amount of credit by ACE. Most colleges will award the recommended credit, however they are not required to. So please check with the college of your choice to confirm their credit by exam policy, including the maximum number of credits they will accept by examination.

Each of the following exam providers have their own style and structure. It is important to familiarize yourself with each organizations policies and requirements. I try my best to provide accurate information but always check with the source for the latest changes.

CLEP
The College-Level Examination Program® consists of a series of examinations that are offered by The College Board, which is a not-for-profit membership association. These exams are administered by computer and compute your score at the end of the exam. Click here for details.

DSST

Made available by Thomson Prometric, the DSST program provides the opportunity for people to earn college credit for what they have learned outside of the traditional classroom. Click here for details.

ECE

Excelsior College offers 40 exams in the arts and sciences, business, nursing, and education. Excelsior exams are administered at a local Prometric Testing Center®. Most exams are multiple choice and your score is computed and available on site. Click here for details.

TECEP

Thomas Edison State College offers more than 50 examinations that allow students to earn college credit without taking formal courses. Unless you are near Trenton, NJ you will have to find a proctor near you order and monitor your test taking. Click here for details.

GRE Subject Exams

Thomas Edison State College offers more than 50 examinations that allow students to earn college credit without taking formal courses. Unless you are near Trenton, NJ you will have to find a proctor near you order and monitor your test taking. Click here for details.

Exam Difficulty

Most of the exams are not that difficult. I never studied for more than three days for a three credit exam and not more than seven days for a six credit exam. You will need to take a couple of each to find your pace but once the momentum is going don’t stop. The best gauge that I used was to take as many practice tests that I could find on the subject. Once I was hitting the 80-90% mark I was ready. Once you get going you find it easy to take two or more exams in one day. See Exam Strategies. Click here to find out more about study materials.

I would rank the difficulty from easiest to hardest in the following order.

DSST

CLEP

ECE

TECEP*

GRE

*I have never taken a TECEP myself. This is a gauge based on other’s experiences.