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Pass exams— save on tuition

Pass exams through testing providers and earn college credit for your degree. Whether you’ve learned about a subject through on-the-job training or life experience you can put that knowledge to the test and save. 

What other students saved taking tests for credit*


1-3 months

How to use tests for credit


Choose from the available test providers.


Finish your selected exams with a passing grade.


Ask the testing provider to send your score transcripts to University of Phoenix.


Choose from the available test centers


Finish the selected exams with a passing grade


Ask for your score transcripts to be sent to University of Phoenix

Time and tuition-saving tests that may apply to you

College Level Examination Program CLEP

For a nominal fee, undergraduate students can take the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). You can earn college-level credit for knowledge you’ve gained outside the classroom.

Getting a satisfactory score on any of the 34 available CLEP examinations can help facilitate undergraduate degree completion.

Some of our campus locations are authorized testing centers where you can take the 90 minute exam on a computer station.

DSST Credit by Exam Program (formerly known as DANTES)

The DSSTTM credit by Exam Program (formerly DANTES), offered in 38 subject areas, allows you to earn college credit for knowledge you’ve gained through on-the-job training, professional development or other life experiences. You can take these tests, along with the CLEP, at many of our campus locations.

For additional DSST testing resources, you can:

DSST is a trademark of Prometric Inc.

Berlitz® Language Evaluations

Berlitz® is a worldwide company offering a variety of language instruction programs and services. Berlitz Language Evaluations are 90 minutes in duration. The testing evaluates the language proficiency level of the candidate in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The University of Phoenix Office of Admissions determines the amount of credit awarded, based on the official evaluation results. The credits are applicable to the Communication Arts General Education area.

University of Phoenix students around the world must contact the Phoenix, Arizona Berlitz Language Center to arrange taking the Berlitz Language Evaluations. Detailed information and instructions are available at the Phoenix, Arizona Berlitz Language Center website.

Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CLEP exams allow students with prior knowledge of introductory college topics the opportunity to take an exam demonstrating their mastery rather than taking the class itself. The overall purpose of CLEP exams is to reward existing knowledge and make it easier for students to earn college credit.

No, CLEP exams are almost always considered pass or fail. Because they don’t receive letter grades, they aren’t factored into your GPA.

By taking a test from an eligible testing provider you can demonstrate that you are proficient on the content expectations and did not need to take the course.

You may be able to test out of some college courses which can save you time and money on your degree. Follow these steps:

1.     See what course at University of Phoenix are eligible for credits by exam

2.     Study to prepare to take tests with a testing provider

3.     Schedule and complete the tests with the testing provider

4.     Transfer your credits to University of Phoenix