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Testing Out For College Credit

Colleges that offer online BSN degrees confer credit with a combination of previous coursework, online courses, and credit by examination. Credit by examination is a national program designed to achieve college credit by testing out of general education requirements. These credits are widely accepted at most colleges throughout the country and can be directly applied to your degree. Some examples of these national exams are CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior exams. All of these exams allow you to save money along with expediting your education.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams.

Why take CLEP exams?

By taking one or more CLEP exams in your strong subjects, you'll...

  • Save time. Get college credit for what you already know. Be rewarded for what you've learned through independent study, advanced high school courses, non-credit adult courses, or professional development.
  • Save money. Compare the cost of a CLEP exam, just $70, to hundreds – even thousands – of dollars in tuition. CLEP exams are free to military service members.
  • Make college more interesting. Move right into advanced courses.
  • Graduate on time. CLEP can help you to the finish line if you're a few credits shy of graduating.
  • Satisfy a proficiency requirement. Demonstrate you've already mastered the content of, for example, a basic math or language course. Great for dual-degree candidates or students just a few credits shy of graduation.

The DSST Program

Meeting the demands of today's fast-paced world has created the need for changes in education and assessment. Today, there are many alternatives to the traditional classroom. People learn in a variety of ways whether it's through on-the-job training, independent self-study, correspondence courses or through their general life experiences.

The DSST program provides the opportunity for people to earn college credit for what they have learned outside of the traditional classroom. Accepted or administered at over 1,900 colleges and universities nationwide and approved by ACE (American Council on Education), the DSST program enables people to use their knowledge acquired outside the classroom to accomplish their educational and professional goals.