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You may have a lot of work experience in a subject required for your degree. If so, we offer three types of exams that could result in credit for the course covering that subject: our own Challenge Exam, College Board’s CLEP exam, and the Defense Department’s DSST exam. More than 1500 students have sought credits through exams.

Strayer Challenge Exams

Already mastered the subject? Get the credits by testing out of a required course. Meet with your Academic Advisor to see if a Challenge Exam makes sense for you.

  • Pass 70% or more questions to earn class credit
  • Lowest cost exam offered for credit—just $20
  • Selected courses
College Level Examination Program(CLEP)

Created and evaluated by the College Board, CLEP exams reward college-level knowledge in a wide range of subject matter. CLEP exams are recognized nationwide.

  • Online exams are administered at select campuses for Strayer students.
  • Your Academic Advisor can help you identify your CLEP opportunities
  • Each CLEP exam is $100
The DSST exam

Originating out of the U.S. Department of Defense, the DSST exam helps students earn credit for on-the-job acquired skills.

  • Covers several subjects, from business to technology
  • Your Academic Advisor can help you identify your DSST opportunities
  • Upper level courses included


It’s like taking the final exam without taking the course – and it’s only $20. Challenge Exams are available for select Strayer courses. Review the complete list of courses available. Click on the course name for the course overview and outcomes. We urge you to discuss Challenge Exams you are considering with your personal Success Coach.

You can take Challenge Exams on Campus—scheduled through a Learning Resource Manager—or online through ProctorU. ProctorU monitors Challenge Exams using webcams and screen sharing. Testing can be scheduled and completed 7 days a week from 7am to 11:45pm CT and all you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone. Complete details including technical requirements, privacy FAQs and data security are included.  

Results will immediately be sent to the Registrar's Office upon completion of a Challenge Exam. Students will be shown a Pass or Fail message only. Credit for students that successfully pass a Challenge Exam with a score of 70% or greater will be posted approximately 72 hours after completion.


The $20.00 per exam fee can be paid to ProctorU if taking a challenge exam online, or at any campus business office if taking a challenge exam on campus.

For more information about credit for Challenge Exams, please refer to the Strayer University Catalog.


Undergraduate students can earn college-level credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom for liberal arts and business subjects. Take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam for transfer credit toward diplomas, undergraduate certificates and undergraduate degree programs. Credits earned through these exams do not fulfill residency requirements.

Getting a satisfactory score on any of the available 90 to 120 minute CLEP examinations can help facilitate undergraduate degree completion. Select Strayer campuses serve as testing sites for Strayer students.

Exam Cost

Each CLEP exam costs $87. Additional administrative fees may be charged by the test center. Payment of $87 can be made online with CLEP. Take proof of your administration fee payment and CLEP Exam Registration Ticket to the Learning Resource Center Manager.

Additional CLEP resources:

  • Use the Course Search feature below to find CLEP courses that Strayer accepts. Click on the course name for more details.
  • Talk with your Success Coach or Learning Resource Center Manager about CLEP study guides.
  • View additional study resources and test preparation materials by visiting the CLEP website.
  • View the Information for Test-Takers document which includes details about scoring policies, exam descriptions, and CLEP services.

5 Easy Steps to Take a CLEP Exam

  1. For more information about transfer credit policies, please refer to the Strayer University Catalog.
  2. Find a course to take and confirm eligibility with your Success Coach.
  3. Create an account and register to take your exam through the My Account registration portal.
  4. For more information on the availability of exams at one of our locations contact your nearest Strayer campus. If taking at a Strayer campus, remember to schedule the exam ahead of time and arrive at least 15 minutes early. You will be asked to present a valid form of identification.

  5. Prepare. Talk with your Strayer Learning Resource Center Manager for guidance.

What's Next?

When you register to take your exam, you can indicate that you want Strayer to receive your CLEP test scores. There's no cost for the first transcript request. To request an additional transcript from CLEP, use this form to order a CLEP transcript and request the document to be sent to campus code 8673. You will pay a $20 fee for each transcript ordered. For CLEP transcript enquiries, call toll-free at 1-800-257-9558 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, Monday-Friday).


Undergraduate students can earn college credit for knowledge gained through on-the-job training, professional development or other life experiences through the DSST™ credit by Exam Program. See the complete list of our courses for which we grant credit for successful DSST exam results.  Select Strayer campuses serve as testing sites for these 120 minute, 100 question DSST examinations. Note: Credits earned through these exams do not fulfill residency requirements.

For more information on the availability of exams at one of our locations contact your nearest Strayer campus. First time test-takers must register at the test center. At the DSST website, you’ll find the Test Taker information bulletin which includes information about scoring policies, test prep materials, exam descriptions, and fact sheets. You can also take practice tests and view FAQs. On exam day, bring a valid form of identification and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

Exam Cost

DSST fee is $105.00 per exam. On the day of the scheduled exam, pay a $20 Strayer administration fee at the campus business office. Take proof of your administration fee payment to the Learning Resource Center Manager. The exam fee of $85 is paid, using Visa or Mastercard, at the time you take your exam within the testing software.

For more information about transfer credit policies, please refer to the Strayer University Catalog.


Courses awarding credit through testing

Below we’ve shown courses for which Strayer University will award credits by successfully passing exams as outlined above.

Course IDCourse NameCLEPDSSTChallenge Exam
ACC 100Accounting I
ACC 206Accounting II
ACC 303Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 306Microcomputer Applications for Accountants
ACC 307Federal Taxation
ACC 317Advanced Federal Taxation
ACC 350Cost Accounting
ACC 401Advanced Accounting
ACC 403Auditing
BUS 100Introduction to Business
BUS 230Purchasing and Materials Management
BUS 300Public Relations
BUS 302Management Concepts
BUS 309Business Ethics
BUS 310Human Resource Management
BUS 313Introduction to Entrepreneurship
BUS 315Cost and Price Analysis
BUS 319Principles of Federal Acquisition and Contract Management
BUS 322Organizational Behavior
BUS 325Global Human Resource Management
BUS 330Contract Administration and Management
BUS 335Staffing Organizations
BUS 340Contract and Purchasing Negotiation Techniques
BUS 375Project Management
BUS 402Small Business Management
BUS 405Labor Relations
BUS 407Training and Development
BUS 430Operations Management
BUS 463Entrepreneurship Feasibility and Analysis
BUS 490Business Policy
CIS 105Introduction to Information Systems
CIS 106Introduction to Information Technology
CIS 107Microcomputer Applications
CIS 109Introduction to Management Information Systems
CIS 170Information Technology in Criminal Justice
CIS 175Introduction to Networking
CIS 210Systems Analysis and Development
CIS 242C++ Programming
CIS 255Operating Systems
CIS 267Visual Basic Programming
CIS 273Web Design and Development
CIS 307Web Page Development I
CIS 309Web Page Development II
CIS 324Computer Ethics
CIS 326Object-Oriented Programming I
CIS 328C++ Programming II
CIS 332Network Server Administration
CIS 337Internetworking Basics
CIS 356Decision Support and Business Intelligence
CIS 359Disaster Recovery Management
CIS 375Human Computer Interaction
CIS 407Java Programming II
CIS 408Network Infrastructure Planning
CIS 411Advanced Routing
CIS 413Internetworking Switching
CIS 429Data Warehouse Planning
CIS 436Internetworking Troubleshooting
CIS 443Agile Project Management
CIS 462Security Strategy and Policy
CRJ 100Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 105Crime and Criminal Behavior
CRJ 180Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
CRJ 220Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice
CRJ 310Law Enforcement Operations Management
CRJ 320Criminal Investigation
CRJ 325Criminal Procedure
CRJ 330Comparative Criminal Justice
CRJ 410Corrections
CRJ 420Emergency Management Procedures
CRJ 440Terrorism and Antiterrorism
ECO 100Principles of Economics
ECO 101Microeconomics
ECO 102Macroeconomics
ECO 302Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECO 305International Economics
ECO 320Money and Banking
ECO 410International Environment of Financial Management
ECO 450Public Finance
ECO 470Econometrics
ENG 115English Composition
ENG 215Research and Writing
ENG 220American Literature
ENG 221Oral Communications
ENG 315Professional Communications
FIN 100Principles of Finance
FIN 215Personal Financial Planning
FIN 317Financing Entrepreneurships
FIN 320Investments
FIN 350Financial Markets and Institutions
FIN 355Financial Risk Analysis
FIN 405Advanced Financial Management
FIN 410Commercial Bank Management
GENGeneral Elective - A History of the Vietnam War
GENGeneral Elective - Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
GENGeneral Elective - Foundations of Education
GENGeneral Elective - General Anthropology
GENGeneral Elective - Substance Abuse
GENGeneral Elective - Fundamentals of Counseling
GENGeneral Elective - Business Mathematics
GENGeneral Elective - Astronomy
GENGeneral Elective - Here's to Your Health
GENGeneral Elective - Technical Writing
GENGeneral Elective - Human/Cultural Geography
GENGeneral Elective - Management Information Systems
GENGeneral Elective - Anatomy & Physiology I - BIO201
GENGeneral Elective - Anatomy & Physiology II
GENGeneral Elective - General Chemistry I
GENGeneral Elective - Introduction to Biology
GENGeneral Elective - Introduction to Nutrition
GENGeneral Elective - Medical Terminology
GENGeneral Elective - Pharmacology I
GENGeneral Elective - Pharmacology II
GENGeneral Elective - General Physics I
GENGeneral Elective - Student Success
GENGeneral Elective - French Language Level 1
GENGeneral Elective - French Language Level 2
GENGeneral Elective - German Language Level 1
GENGeneral Elective - German Language Level 2
GENGeneral Elective - Spanish Language Level 1
GENGeneral Elective - Spanish Language Level 2
GENGeneral Elective - History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
GENGeneral Elective - Introduction to Educational Psychology
GENGeneral Elective - Chemistry
GENGeneral Elective - Biology
GENGeneral Elective - College Mathematics
HIS 105American History After 1865
HSA 305Health Services Marketing
HSA 315Health Information Systems
HSA 320Healthcare Human Resource Management
HTM 100Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Management
HTM 250Quality Service Assurance
HTM 280Lodging Operations Management
HUM 111World Cultures I
HUM 112World Cultures II
ITB 300Fundamentals of Global Management
ITB 305International Business Environment
ITB 400International Banking and Finance
ITB 405Essentials of Exporting and Importing
LEG 100Business Law I
LEG 110Civil and Criminal Procedure
LEG 215Legal Research and Writing
LEG 320Criminal Law
LEG 420U.S. Courts
MAT 104Algebra with Applications
MAT 200Pre-Calculus
MAT 300Statistics
MAT 310Calculus
MAT 311Discrete Math
MKT 100Principles of Marketing
MKT 305Consumer Behavior
MKT 312Marketing Communication
MKT 315Business Logistics Management
MKT 320International Marketing
MKT 402Strategic Market Pricing
MKT 475Strategic Marketing
PHI 210Critical Thinking
PHI 220Ethics
POL 110U.S. Government
POL 300Contemporary International Problems
PSY 100Psychology of Adjustment
PSY 105Introduction to Psychology
PSY 110Social Psychology
PSY 205Life Span Development
REL 212World Religions
SCI 110Introduction to Physical Science
SCI 115Introduction to Biology
SCI 200Environmental Science
SEC 300Principles of Public and Private Security
SEC 310Homeland Security Organization and Administration
SEC 340Computer Forensic Technology
SEC 420Perimeter Defense Techniques
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology
SOC 300Sociology of Developing Countries

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