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Testing for Credit

Testing for Credit


Testing for credit can save students valuable time and hundreds of dollars of course costs.

Affordable Options to Earn College Credit

Earn up to 75 hours of credit by examination toward your CCU bachelor's degree or up to 45 hours toward your CCU associate degree.

Adult students in CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies are encouraged to explore a variety of options to help them achieve their bachelor's degree. Testing out of college courses to get college credit by examination through the CLEP exam, DSST exam, and UExcel exam is a fast and economical way to accumulate credit for general education and elective credit hours toward your bachelor's degree at Colorado Christian University.

CLEP Exams

The College Level Exam Program was created by the College Board to offer course credit for general education and elective courses. CLEP tests are recognized throughout academia as transferable credit, though each institution can approve specific tests for their programs. The recommended passing score is 50, which is a mean score not a percentage score. The test topics represent educational disciplines such as history, math, and science. Learn more about CLEP tests on the CLEP website.

DSST Exams

Historically, DSST (formerly DANTES) exams were used by the Department of Defense as a way for military personnel to earn college credit. The exams are now available to all students and are also offered in a computerized format with multiple choice questions. The test topics tend to mirror life experience skills sets. Some examples of test topics include, “Here’s to your Health,” “Personal Finance,” “Law Enforcement,” and “Education Psychology.” You can learn more about DSST exams at the DSST website.

UExcel Exams

Much like CLEP and DSST exams, UExcel is a way for undergraduate students to demonstrate proficiency in a given area. UExcel exams are offered in a computer-based format at thousands of test centers globally. Choose from a variety of topics and many subject exams in associate or bachelor's levels. See the UExcel Exam Guide for additional information. Contact UExcel at 888-647-2388 ext 166 or testadmin@excelsior.edu.

Mail official testing transcripts to CCU

Students who take one of the credit by exam options must provide CCU with an official transcript from the testing company to document their score on the exam. Send testing transcripts by mail to:

Colorado Christian University
Attn: Service Central – CAGS Transcripts
215 Union Blvd, Suite 600
Lakewood, CO 80228

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