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.
Exams That Earn You Credit
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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
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.
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.
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
- For more information about transfer credit policies, please refer to the Strayer University Catalog.
- Find a course to take and confirm eligibility with your Success Coach.
- Create an account and register to take your exam through the My Account registration portal.
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.
- Prepare. Talk with your Strayer Learning Resource Center Manager for guidance.
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.
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.