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.  

Penn State Credit for CLEP



Getting Started with CLEP

CLEP Centers

CLEP for Military and Veterans

CLEP Exams Guide

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. 

Penn State Credit for DSST

Getting Started with DSST

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. 



Getting Started with Credit by Exam

Prior Learning Assessment Application Form