If you have acquired substantial knowledge in a specific subject area, you may consider an exam as a substitute for completing the usual classroom requirements of a course.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Administered by the College Board, CLEP provides college credit for examinations that test college-level knowledge in specific disciplines. Work with your adviser to see if a CLEP exam fulfills a degree requirement. CLEP centers are conveniently located on or near several Penn State campuses across the state.
DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)
DSST exams may provide additional coursework credits for your program of study, depending on your major. Work with your adviser to review the possibilities.
Credit by Exam with Penn State
Some academic departments and programs have made these exams available. Contact your adviser to start the process. The links below explain other rules about grading, not taking an exam if you've already taken the course, and completing forms. A $30/per credit fee is charged, regardless of final grade. The examples below are not the only exams available but have links for you to reference.
English 015: Contact Lynn Setzler firstname.lastname@example.org/814-863-3066
Mathematics (Harrisburg): contact your adviser