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

    Testing for Credit – 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.

    Mail official transcripts to:

    Colorado Christian University
    CAGS Service Central
    8787 W. Alameda Ave.
    Lakewood, CO 80226

  • Testing for Credit FAQs

    What 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 75 hours of credit by examination will be accepted toward a bachelor’s degree, and up to 45 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.
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