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 degree. 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
- Practice tests available
- 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 matters. CLEP exams are recognized nationwide.
- Online exams are administered at most Strayer Campuses
- Your Academic Advisor can help you identify your CLEP opportunities
- Each CLEP exam is $100
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.
Schedule an exam day and time at 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.
It’s like taking the final exam without taking the course—and it’s only $20. The Strayer Challenge exams for undergraduate students are unique to select Strayer courses. See the complete list of courses for which we grant successful Challenge Exam credit; click through to take a practice test and see the course guide, including a course overview, outcomes, and any required instructional materials. 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.
Courses awarding credit through testing
Below we’ve shown courses for which Strayer University will award credits by successfully passing exams as outlined above.