Credit for Exams

Student Receiving Credit for Course Assessments

Challenge Yourself. Earn Credit for What You Already Know.

Use the knowledge and skills that you already have to pass an eligible standardized exam and earn college credit at Purdue Global. You can complete a Course Assessment exam directly through Purdue Global or complete a standardized exam through approved organizations outside of the University.

Purdue Global Course Assessments

You can demonstrate proficiency in the learning outcomes of specific Purdue Global courses by passing a comprehensive assessment. Purdue University Global course assessments, also known as "challenge exams" can be used to waive prerequisites, determine class placement, and earn college credit.*

Undergraduate students can test out of a course and still earn credit by attaining a predetermined score on a Purdue Global course assessment. In addition, students enrolled in the following graduate programs may apply course assessment credit toward select courses:

Not all courses provide this option, and course assessments or their equivalent from other colleges or universities will not be accepted. A fee is charged for taking a course assessment. Official results of course assessments must be received by the Office of the Registrar prior to your final term.

Available Course Assessments

  • AB104X: Personal Financial Management
  • AB114X: Accounting I
  • AB116X: Accounting II
  • AB140X: Introduction to Management
  • AB221X: Customer Service
  • AC114X: Accounting I
  • CE100X: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development
  • CE101X: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • CE114X: Early Childhood Development
  • CJ100X: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • CJ101X: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ150X: Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ526X: Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety
  • CM107X: College Composition I
  • CM206X: Interpersonal Communications
  • CM214X: Public Speaking for the Professional
  • CM220X: College Composition II
  • CS113X: Academic Strategies for the Business Professional
  • CS204X: Professional Presence
  • GB512X: Business Communications
  • GB513X: Business Analytics
  • HN200X: Survey of Social Problems
  • HN220X:Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • HS100X: Introduction to Health Science
  • HS101X: Medical Law and Bioethics
  • HS111X: Medical Terminology
  • HS140X: Pharmacology
  • HS200X: Diseases of the Human Body
  • HS230X: Health Care Administration
  • HS410X: Organization and Management for Health Care
  • HS415X: Environmental Health
  • HU250X: Humanities and Culture
  • IT117X: Introduction to Web Design
  • IT133X: Microsoft Office Applications on Demand
  • IT153X: Spreadsheet Applications
  • IT163X: Database Management
  • IT190X: Foundations in Information Technology
  • IT213X:  Software Development Concepts
  • IT234X: Database Foundations
  • IT273X:  Network Concepts
  • IT275X: Linux System Administration
  • IT283X:  Networking with TCP/IP
  • IT286X: Introduction to Network Security
  • IT388X: Routing and Switching I
  • IT503X: Principles of Information Technology
  • IT504X: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the IT Professional
  • IT530X: Computer Networks
  • IT537X: Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • LS100X: Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
  • MM150X: Survey of Mathematics
  • MM207X: Statistics
  • MM212X: College Algebra
  • MT140X: Introduction to Management
  • PS124X: Introduction to Psychology
  • PS210X: History of Psychology
  • SC121X: Anatomy and Physiology I
  • SC131X: Anatomy and Physiology II

External Examinations

Externally administered examinations may also be considered for college credit. Purdue Global students may qualify to receive credit by examination through the following:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)
  • Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Other eligible standardized exams

Credit may be awarded for each eligible test in which the recommended minimum score is earned and based on program guidelines and course outcomes. Official results of standardized tests must be received by the Office of the Registrar prior to your final term.

See below for additional information about some of the standardized exams most commonly submitted by Purdue Global students.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

The DSST program is a nationally recognized credit by examination program developed by the Chauncey Group International, a subsidiary of the Educational Testing Service. Over 35 DSST exams are available to military and nonmilitary students in the areas of business, physical sciences, humanities, social sciences, and applied technology.

Review the chart below for information about the DSST exams most commonly accepted at Purdue Global. Contact your Advisor for more information about these and other DSST exams.


Exam Title

Purdue Global Course Match

Date Range

DANT-0018 Ethics in America HU245 Ethics 1/1/1990–1/31/2020
DANT-0069 Principles of Public Speaking CM214 Public Speaking for the Professional 1/1/1990–7/31/2023
DANT-0049 Fundamentals of College Algebra MM212 College Algebra 1/1/1990–1/31/2021
DANT-0041 Principles of Finance MT217 Finance 1/1/1990–1/31/2021

Learn more about DSST requirements and testing procedures at the DSST website. You also may call DSST at 877-471-9860 (Toll Free).

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams are liberal arts and business subject tests offered by the College Board and proctored at sites across the nation. Visit the College Board website or call 800-257-9558 (Toll Free) for testing information.

Review the chart below for information about the CLEP exams most commonly accepted at Purdue Global. Contact your Advisor for more information about these and other CLEP exams


Exam Title

Purdue Global Course Match

Date Range

CLEP-0011 Analyzing and Interpreting Literature Arts and Humanities 3/1/1996–12/31/2021
CLEP-0040 College Composition CM107 Composition I and CM220 Composition II 7/1/2010–11/30/2018
CLEP-0013 College Algebra MM212 College Algebra 3/1/1996–12/31/2021
CLEP-0004 College Mathematics MM150 Survey of Mathematics 3/1/1996–12/31/2021
CLEP-0028 Principles of Management MT140 Principles of Management 3/1/1996–12/31/2021
CLEP-0029 Principles of Marketing MT219 Marketing 1/1/1978–12/31/2020
CLEP-0020 Introduction to Psychology PS124 Psychology 3/1/1996–11/30/2018
CLEP-0026 Introduction to Sociology SS144 Sociology 3/1/1996–11/30/2018

Review the CLEP Scores and Transcripts page to learn more about CLEP exams and obtain transcripts of your scores. 

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The AP program is a series of college-level examinations administered to high school juniors and seniors. For more information about AP exams, visit the College Board website or call 800-257-9558 (Toll Free).

Review the chart below for information about the AP exams most commonly accepted at Purdue Global. Contact your Advisor for more information about these and other AP exams.


Exam Title

Purdue Global Course Match

Date Range

CBAP-0003 Biology SC235 General Biology I - Human Perspectives 4/1/1994–9/30/2021
CBAP-0020 Calculus AB 100/200 Mathematics Elective 4/1/1994–11/30/2023
CBAP-0021 Calculus BC 100/200 Mathematics Elective 4/1/1994–11/30/2023
CBAP-0009 English Language and Composition CM107 College Composition I 4/1/1994–12/31/2017
CBAP-0010 English Literature and Composition 100/200 Arts and Humanities Elective 4/1/1994–3/31/2016

Read the Grade Reporting Services page to find out how to send your AP score report to Purdue Global.


*Purdue Global does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.