Credit for Course Assessments


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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

  • AB 104X: Personal Financial Management
  • AB 114X: Accounting I
  • AB 116X: Accounting II
  • AB 140X: Introduction to Management
  • AB 221X: Customer Service
  • AC 114X: Accounting I
  • CE 100X: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development
  • CE 101X: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • CE 114X: Early Childhood Development
  • CJ 100X: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • CJ 101X: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 150X: Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ 526X: Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety
  • CM 107X: College Composition I
  • CM 206X: Interpersonal Communications
  • CM 214X: Public Speaking for the Professional
  • CM 220X: College Composition II
  • CS 113X: Academic Strategies for the Business Professional
  • CS 204X: Professional Presence
  • GB 512X: Business Communications
  • GB 513X: Business Analytics
  • HN 200X: Survey of Social Problems
  • HN 220X:Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • HS 100X: Introduction to Health Science
  • HS 101X: Medical Law and Bioethics
  • HS 111X: Medical Terminology
  • HS 140X: Pharmacology
  • HS 200X: Diseases of the Human Body
  • HS 230X: Health Care Administration
  • HS 410X: Organization and Management for Health Care
  • HS 415X: Environmental Health
  • HU 250X: Humanities and Culture
  • IT 117X: Introduction to Web Design
  • IT 133X: Microsoft Office Applications on Demand
  • IT 153X: Spreadsheet Applications
  • IT 163X: Database Management
  • IT 190X: Foundations in Information Technology
  • IT 213X:  Software Development Concepts
  • IT 234X: Database Foundations
  • IT 273X:  Network Concepts
  • IT 275X: Linux System Administration
  • IT 283X:  Networking with TCP/IP
  • IT 286X: Introduction to Network Security
  • IT 388X: Routing and Switching I
  • IT 503X: Principles of Information Technology
  • IT 504X: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the IT Professional
  • IT 530X: Computer Networks
  • IT 537X: Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • LS 100X: Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
  • MM 150X: Survey of Mathematics
  • MM 207X: Statistics
  • MM 212X: College Algebra
  • MT 140X: Introduction to Management
  • PS 124X: Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 210X: History of Psychology
  • SC 121X: Anatomy and Physiology I
  • SC 131X: Anatomy and Physiology II

External Examinations

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

  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
  • Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPTs)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Other similar exams

Credit may be awarded for each 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.

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 DSSTs are available to military and nonmilitary students in the areas of business, physical sciences, humanities, social sciences, and applied technology.

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 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).

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

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Graduates

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an advanced curriculum program for students age 16 to 19, completed at participating high schools worldwide. Students who have graduated from an IB Diploma Programme may receive transfer credit for the completion of higher-level exams with a grade of a “5” or higher according to the International Baccalaureate Equivalency Chart.

For more information on how to submit an IB Diploma Programme transcript to Purdue Global, please review the IB transcript request procedure.


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