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College Credit by Examination

College Credit by Examination

There are several programs at the College through which applicants may earn credit for knowledge gained in nontraditional ways. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Credit By Examination Program (CBE) described below, are two such programs.

Applicants for these programs include anyone who:

  • Has extended work experience and wishes to demonstrate it
  • Has taken courses at a non-accredited educational institution and wishes to earn college credit
  • Has taken courses through correspondence or adult education programs, or in the military service
  • Has done extensive independent study and wishes to earn college credit.

Applicants are encouraged to consult the Testing Center or a counselor in the Department of Counseling and Career Services about these test opportunities to determine which program would best meet their needs.

The policies of four-year institutions vary with respect to accepting the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Credit By Examination Program (CBE). All applicants who plan to transfer from Middlesex County College are advised to consult the registrar at the prospective transfer college regarding the institutional policy on accepting transfer credit earned by CLEP and CBE. Policy statements of those New Jersey colleges that have a formal policy on this matter are on file in the Department of Counseling and Career Services.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College credit may be awarded for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). For further information, call the Testing Center, 732.906.2508.

Credit by Examination (CBE)

This program provides the opportunity to earn course credit for specific courses offered at the College. There are examinations for courses in every division at the College and the offerings are updated frequently. Information (including an application form, the current listing of courses offered through this program, and dates and fees) is available in the Testing Center.

DSST Subject-Level Examination Program

College credit may be awarded for the DSST Subject-Level Examination Program in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). For further information see http://getcollegecredit.com

Prior Learning Assessment

In Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), students document their college-level learning by preparing a portfolio. Experiential learning must correlate with a course listed in the student’s curriculum plan. Please consult the Division of Corporate and Community Education at 732.906.4681.

Advanced Placement Exams

The College may grant credit for Advanced Placement Examinations (minimum grade of 3.0). The Advanced Placement Program, sponsored by the College Board, offers students the opportunity to pursue college-level study while in secondary school and receive advanced placement and/or credit upon entering college.

Upon successful completion of the AP exam, applicants should have the official scores sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.

These scores may be requested by writing to:

Advanced Placement Services
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Fax: 610.290.8979


For more information, please call 1.888.225.5427 or e-mail apstudents@info.collegeboard.org

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