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Test into credits toward your degree

You may have work experience in a subject required for your degree. If so, show what you know by taking and passing a Strayer challenge exam. It’s like taking the final exam without taking the course – and it’s only $20. Meet with your admissions officer to see if a challenge exam can help you advance.

  • Choose challenge exams for select courses.
  • Pay just $20 for Strayer challenge exams.
  • Pass 70% or more questions to earn class credit.

Strayer challenge exams

Exams are monitored remotely by ProctorU® through webcams and screen sharing, so you can complete yours wherever it’s most convenient. You can schedule exams seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Central Time. And you can take your exam from almost any computer with a reliable internet connection, webcam and microphone. Learn more about challenge exams, including technical requirements, privacy FAQs and data security here.

Exam scoring and results

To pass the challenge exam, you’ll need a score of at least 70%. Your exam results will be sent to the Office of the Registrar. You’ll receive a P (pass) or F (fail) grade, and your course credit will post approximately 72 hours after the exam date. 

Paying for your exam

If you’re planning to take the challenge exam online, you can pay the $20 exam fee to ProctorU®. For more information about credit for challenge exams and our transfer credit policy, please refer to the Strayer University Catalog.

Courses that award credit through testing

Strayer students can earn credit for any of the courses in this chart by passing the CLEP®, DSST® or Strayer challenge exams, indicated by the check mark.


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 ID Course Name CLEP DSST Challenge Exam
ACC100 Accounting I checkmark icon
ACC206 Accounting II checkmark icon
ACC303 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC350 Cost Accounting checkmark icon
ACC401 Advanced Accounting
BUS100 Introduction to Business checkmark icon
BUS230 Purchasing and Materials Management checkmark icon
BUS300 Public Relations checkmark icon
BUS302 Management Concepts checkmark icon checkmark icon
BUS309 Business Ethics checkmark icon checkmark icon
BUS310 Human Resource Management checkmark icon
BUS313 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
BUS322 Organizational Behavior checkmark icon
BUS325 Global Human Resource Management checkmark icon
BUS335 Staffing Organizations checkmark icon
BUS340 Contract and Purchasing Negotiation Techniques
BUS375 Project Management
BUS402 Small Business Management checkmark icon
BUS407 Training and Development checkmark icon
BUS430 Operations Management checkmark icon
CIS101 Navigating a Digital World checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
CIS105 Introduction to Information Systems checkmark icon checkmark icon
CIS106 Introduction to Information Technology
CIS109 Introduction to Management Information Systems checkmark icon
CIS170 Information Technology in Criminal Justice checkmark icon
CIS175 Introduction to Networking
CIS210 Systems Analysis and Development
CIS242 C++ Programming
CIS255 Operating Systems
CIS332 Network Server Administration
CIS333 Networking Security Fundamentals
CIS337 Internetworking Basics
CIS348 Information Technology Project Management
CIS349 Information Technology Audit & Control
CIS357 Advanced Internetworking
CIS375 Human Computer Interaction checkmark icon
CIS401 Network Server Administration II
CIS409 Directory Service Infrastructure
CIS424 Database Administration I
CIS428 Database Administration II
CIS443 Agile Project Management
CIS502 Theories of Security Management
CIS527 IT Risk Management
CIS542 Web Application Security
CIS558 IT Audit and Control
COM100 Communication at Work
COM101 Effective Communication Skills
COM200 Communication: The Key to Working Together checkmark icon
COM201 Oral Communications & Persuasion checkmark icon
CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice checkmark icon
CRJ105 Crime and Criminal Behavior checkmark icon
CRJ180 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice checkmark icon
CRJ220 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice
CRJ310 Law Enforcement Operations Management checkmark icon
CRJ320 Criminal Investigation checkmark icon
CRJ325 Criminal Procedure
CRJ330 Comparative Criminal Justice checkmark icon
CRJ410 Corrections checkmark icon
CRJ420 Emergency Management Procedures checkmark icon
ECO100 Principles of Economics
ECO320 Money and Banking checkmark icon
ENG115 English Composition checkmark icon
ENG116 Discover the Writer in You checkmark icon
ENG201 The Power of Persuasion checkmark icon checkmark icon
ENG215 Research and Writing checkmark icon checkmark icon
ENG315 Professional Communications
ENG316 Technical Writing checkmark icon
FIN100 Principles of Finance checkmark icon
FIN317 Financing Entrepreneurships checkmark icon
FIN320 Investments checkmark icon
FIN355 Financial Risk Analysis checkmark icon
FIN405 Advanced Financial Management checkmark icon
HIS104 American History Prior to 1865 checkmark icon
HIS105 American History After 1865 checkmark icon checkmark icon
HIS110 Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future checkmark icon checkmark icon
HSA305 Health Services Marketing
HSA315 Health Information Systems
HSA320 Healthcare Human Resource Management checkmark icon
HTM280 Lodging Operations Management checkmark icon
HUM111 World Cultures I checkmark icon checkmark icon
HUM112 World Cultures II checkmark icon checkmark icon
HUM201 Exploring Cultures: Adapting in Global World checkmark icon checkmark icon
LEG100 Business Law I checkmark icon
LEG320 Criminal Law checkmark icon
LEG420 U.S. Courts checkmark icon
MAT104 Algebra with Applications checkmark icon checkmark icon
MAT110 Using Math to Inform Your World checkmark icon checkmark icon
MAT200 Pre-Calculus checkmark icon
MAT210 Data-Driven Decisions checkmark icon
MAT300 Statistics checkmark icon
MAT311 Discrete Math checkmark icon
MKT100 Principles of Marketing checkmark icon
MKT312 Marketing Communication checkmark icon
MKT315 Business Logistics Management checkmark icon
MKT475 Strategic Marketing checkmark icon
PHI201 Thinking it Through
PHI210 Critical Thinking
PHI220 Ethics checkmark icon
POL110 U.S. Government checkmark icon
PSY101 Smarter Decisions Through Psychology checkmark icon checkmark icon
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology checkmark icon checkmark icon
REL212 World Religions checkmark icon
SCI110 Introduction to Physical Science checkmark icon checkmark icon
SCI115 Introduction to Biology checkmark icon
SCI200 Environmental Science checkmark icon
SCI201 Unlocking the Secrets of Science and Innovation checkmark icon checkmark icon
SEC310 Homeland Security Organization and Administration checkmark icon
SEC340 Computer Forensic Technology
SEC420 Perimeter Defense Techniques
SEC402 Cyber Security checkmark icon
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology checkmark icon
SOC101 The Story of Us: Embracing Diversity and Collaboration checkmark icon
SOC300 Sociology of Developing Countries