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The Fastest and Most Affordable Way to Earn College Credit

We've made earning real college credit simple—with no red tape to transfer credit units to over 2,900 colleges and universities. Each of our courses is paired with a reputable credit-granting exam, such as a College Board CLEP or AP exam or an Excelsior exam. Exams typically cost less than $100 and each yields 3-12 transferable credit units. These exams have been around for decades, but their adoption and impact has been handcuffed due to a lack of quality study material. Our courses are unlocking their potential and are bringing affordable college credit to millions of students.


CLEP Exams

About CLEP

CLEP is the most widely used and most widely accepted credit-by-exam program available. In 2012, 98,000 students took CLEP exams and 77% of them passed. CLEP is administered by the College Board, which is the same non-profit organization that offers AP and SAT tests.

There are 33 subject specific CLEP exams that cover typical college general education requirements and allow you to cut up to two years off the length of your degree program.

Over 2,900 colleges accept CLEP credit including:

University of Florida
Texas A&M University
University of Arizona
Michigan State University
DePaul University
Florida State University
Arizona State University
Drexel University
University of Kentucky
Temple University
George Mason University
University of Louisville
Northern Illinois University
Colorado State University
Emerson College

» See Other Schools that Accept CLEP Transfer Credit

CLEP Exam Details

  • 33 exams covering general college subjects
  • Credit accepted at over 2/3 of U.S. colleges and universities
  • $80 per exam (plus a small test center fee that varies)
  • Each exam is worth 3-12 college credits
  • 90-minute long exams
  • Over 1,700 U.S. testing centers
  • See more details here.

Excelsior Exams

About Excelsior Exams

Excelsior College has quickly become a major player in credit-by-exam. In 2012, 18,000 students used Excelsior exams to test out of general education requirements and also some upper-level college lessons. Excelsior is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit college that offers 63 exams yielding credit that is seamlessly transferable to over 1,000 colleges and universities including:

Ohio State University
University of Michigan
Virginia Tech
University of Oregon
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Boston College
Florida State University
University of Florida
University of Alabama
Boston University
University of Tennessee

» See Other Schools that Accept UExcel Transfer Credit

Excelsior Exam Details

  1. 63 exams covering general and upper-level college subjects
  2. Most exams are $95
  3. Each exam is worth 3-8 college credits
  4. Over 4,000 U.S. and international testing centers
  5. See more details here

Excelsior Courses on Education Portal

Ready to earn Excelsior credit? Here's how:
  1. Make sure your school accepts Excelsior credit by talking to your advisor.
  2. Select a course paired with an Excelsior exam and start learning.
  3. Register for your exam and find a test center near you. After registering, you have up to six months to schedule and take your exam.
  4. Take the exam and have the credit reported on your transcript.

DSST (DANTES) Exam

About DSST Exams

The 38 DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) have been evaluated and approved for college credit by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). The DSST exams are an affordable and efficient way to earn college credit without taking a traditional course, and DSST credits are accepted at over 2,000 colleges including:

UC–Berkeley
Johns Hopkins University
George Washington University
University of Alabama
Indiana University
University of North Texas
Howard University
Tulane University
University of Minnesota
University of Massachusetts
University of Arizona
Seattle University

» See Other Schools that Accept DSST Transfer Credit

DSST Exam Details

  1. 38 exams covering many general education subjects
  2. Credit accepted at over 2,000 colleges and universities
  3. $80 per exam (plus a small test center fee that varies)
  4. Exam worth 3 college credits
  5. Most exams are two hours long
  6. Over 1,000 U.S. testing centers
  7. See more details here

DSST Courses on Education Portal

Ready to earn DSST credit? Here's how:
  1. Make sure your school accepts DSST credit.
  2. Select a course paired with a DSST exam and start learning.
  3. Find a local testing center and register for your exam.
  4. Take the exam and have the credit reported on your transcript.

AP Exams

About AP Exams

There are 34 AP exams that allow high school students to earn transferable college credit. Over 800,000 high school students graduate with AP credit each year, and the credit is accepted at most colleges and universities in the U.S. Many high schools offer AP courses that prepare students for the exam, and these schools use Education Portal's AP courses as a supplemental study resource.

If you're homeschooled or not enrolled in a high school, you can take our AP courses on your own and then register for the exam. Call the AP Coordinator at a local high school to register; some high schools may not allow students who are not enrolled to take the exam. Unlike other credit-granting exams, AP exams are only offered once per year, so it's important that you check the AP calendar for registration and test dates.

» See Other Schools that Accept AP Transfer Credit

AP Exam Details

  1. 34 subject-specific exams
  2. Exams cost $89
  3. Each exam worth 3 or more credits
  4. See more details here

AP Courses on Education Portal

Ready to take your AP Exams? Here's how:

Register for your AP exam by talking to your high school's AP Coordinator or calling AP services. Exams are offered every May. See the AP calendar for this year's details.

GED

About GED Exams

Over 800,000 students take the GED each year to earn their high school credentials. The GED consists of 5 tests that cover the core curriculum of a 4-year high school diploma. According to the GED Testing Service, about 95% of colleges accept the GED for incoming students. The GED is also accepted as an equivalent to a high school diploma by most employers. Eligibility and test details vary by state; visit the website of your state department of education for more details on how to take the GED in your area. The GED must be taken at one of 3,400 official testing centers.

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GED Exam Details

  1. 5 exams in writing, reading, social studies, science & math
  2. Exams can be taken on separate test dates
  3. 3,400 official testing centers - find one near you
  4. Test takers must be at least 16 years old
  5. High school graduates and enrolled students are not eligible
  6. See more details here

GED Courses on Education Portal

Ready to take the GED?

Visit the website of your state's Department of Education for details about taking the GED and finding a local test center.

Earning Credit FAQs

  1. Is credit earned by these exams really transferable?
  2. I'm not enrolled in school. Can I still earn credit?
  3. How else can I use the credit earned by exam?
  4. Can high school students earn college credit?
  5. Who teaches your courses?
  6. Where can I read more about your mission and how your courses work?
Is credit earned by these exams really transferable?

Yes. You can read several testimonials here from students who successfully transferred credit-by-exam units to their college or university. Many of our students are able to complete the whole process from starting our course to earning transferable credit in less than 2 weeks. With CLEP, AP, Excelsior, and DSST exams, the credit transfer process is simple and there is no red tape to transfer credit units to thousands of colleges and universities.

I'm not enrolled in school. Can I still earn credit?

Yes. You can take a credit-granting exam and earn credit even if you are not currently enrolled in school. In fact, credit-by-exam is a great way to complete your general education requirements before starting a degree program. You can also use our courses to check out a subject you are considering as a major. Although widely transferable, not all schools accept this credit, so we recommend checking first with the school you plan on attending before taking any exam.

How else can I use the credit earned by exam?

There are many uses for credit-by-exam even if you are not planning to use the credits earned towards a degree program. Your employer might recognize the credit towards professional development. You may also use credit-by-exam to satisfy many certification requirements, such as requirements for teacher certification and subject-area endorsement in some states.

Can high school students earn college credit?

Yes. High school students can use our courses to test out of general education requirements and earn college credit that is transferrable to thousands of colleges and universities. Talk to a college advisor to find out if credit-by-exam is accepted at the college you plan on attending.

Who teaches your courses?

We have a team of over 100 instructors who come from diverse backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: a passion for empowering students through education. Our instructors find innovative ways to present difficult concepts in simple, relatable, and engaging ways. Click here to meet our instructors and see their most popular lessons.

Where can I read more about your mission and how your courses work?

Visit our How It Works page to watch our video and read more about our courses and mission. You'll also find over a dozen more answers to FAQs. If you have additional questions, leave a comment on our Facebook wall and you'll get a prompt reply.

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