CLEP®, AP & DSST EXAMS
CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program®) offers 34 exams that cover intro-level college course material. If you earn a passing score on one CLEP exam, you could earn three or more college credits for each exam taken.
CLEP was created to help individuals with prior knowledge in a college course subject earn their degree efficiently and inexpensively. That prior learning could have taken place through advanced high school courses, independent reading and study, online courseware, or textbooks, noncredit courses, or on-the-job training.
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
The College Board Advanced Placement® Program (AP® ) enables students to take university-level courses and exams while still in secondary school.
Universities worldwide recognize AP in admissions, and some grant credit. Most universities in the U.S. and Canada award credit for advanced coursework in high school, allowing students to skip introductory courses in a given subject and thereby save time and money.
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) are exams traditionally offered to military personnel but are now open to civilians and allow students to earn college credit. They are similar to CLEP exams in this regard, but the structure and offerings differ slightly. DSST exams cover a range of undergraduate-level courses.