Testing for Credit FAQsWhat are CLEP, DSST, UExcel exams and how do they differ?CLEP, DSST, and UExcel exams allow adult degree completion students to earn credit for their life learning experiences. The subjects covered by the exams differ, though there is some overlap. The exams are entirely computerized.Do CLEP, DSST, and UExcel examination credits count toward graduation?The exam credits are transferable credits. However, they may be used only to fulfill general education and elective hours and are not applicable toward core courses, minor requirements, nor do they impact GPA.Is there a limit on the number of credits a student may earn by testing?Yes. A maximum of 76 semester hours of credit by examination will be accepted toward a bachelor’s degree, and up to 45 semester hours of credit toward an associate degree.Where can I take these tests?Visit the CLEP website, DSST website, and UExcel website for test center locations and available times.How much do the tests cost?The cost varies by location and by test. Visit the testing websites for details. The cost must be payed at the time of the test.How soon are the test results available?Exam results are available immediately after completion of the test. You will receive a score report printout following the exam. The only exception is the CLEP English Composition with Essay, which must be graded by CLEP. Those scores will be mailed to the student in 2 to 3 weeks.What study resources are available to prepare for the examinations?CLEP publishes a comprehensive study guide that is available for purchase in most bookstores or available for reference in most libraries. It includes a helpful breakdown of the test content and a sample test with answers of 20-40 questions. DSST publishes individual study guides for each test (available at getcollegecredit.com), with a breakdown of the test subject matter and 6-10 sample questions. There are also sample exams for some of the most common tests on the website.Can CLEP, DSST, and UExcel exams be used to test out of any course?The exams may be used to fulfill general education and elective hours. Credit received will be treated as transfer credit. A student may not receive credit by examination for a course in which he or she has been registered at CCU and received a "D," "F," "NC," "Audit," "W," or "Incomplete." A student may not receive credit for an examination after already receiving credit for completion of an equivalent course or test. For example, a student may not receive credit for a standard, classroom-type English Composition course and then receive credit for a CLEP test for English Composition. This policy is intended to prevent duplicate credit for specific courses, not general areas of study.Can I retake an exam?If a student fails an exam, the student must wait at least six months before retaking the exam.