About Credit by Examination


Distance learning, based on credit by examination, is the fastest growing segment of higher education in America.  Credits earned through examination are nationally recognized by over 3800 accredited schools across the country and is one of the most efficient and convenient methods you can use to earn college credit. Instead of enrolling in a traditional course offered in a classroom setting (often every day of the week), you can use your knowledge, experiences and our study resources to “test out of” or earn credit for, a given subject by taking a CLEP, DANTES or ECE exam. These are a one-time examination per course that you will receive credit for after having successfully passed it. It will take the place of a traditional college semester class. In addition to saving valuable time, credit-by-examination saves you money!  Credit-by-examination classes can cost as little as $65 per credit, whereas community colleges charge $300.00 and upward for a three-credit course!

What are CLEP, DANTES and ECE exams?

CLEP or College Level Examination Program, consists of a series of examinations that test an individual’s college level knowledge gained through course work, independent study, cultural pursuits, travel, special interests, military service schools, and professional development. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends the minimum score for awarding credit but each institution determines its acceptable score and the amount of credit granted for each examination. CLEP General and Subject examinations are accepted for credit by more than 2,900 colleges and universities.  (Phone: 1800-257-9558)  
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, or Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support, also known as The DSST program, is an extensive series of 37 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. ACE recommends 3 semester hours of credit per test. DANTES funds paper-based DSST testing for eligible Service members and civilian examinees at DANTES Test Centers and at national test centers (colleges and universities) offering the Internet-based (iBT) DSSTs. DANTES is designed for members of the military. (Phone: 1877-471-9860) 
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ECE or Excelsior credit by examination:  Excelsior College School of Nursing has the largest Nursing degree program in the United States and is a world renowned leader in distance education.  Regionally accredited by the NLNA it has also been named an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.  Exams are taken at a Person Vue testing center.   (Phone: 1888-723-9267)
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