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Credit by Exam

Two Ways to Earn College Credit by Exam

There are many courses that you may challenge by taking either an external standardized exam, such as a College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) or a departmental challenge exam.

Please note the following important information about credit by exam:

  • You must be a currently enrolled student at the College
  • All credit by exam is credit/no-credit
  • Not all departments permit credit by exam
  • No letter grade will be awarded; the code "CE" will be recorded on your transcript
  • These exams will not be included in your grade point average (GPA)
  • Departmental challenge exams can only be taken once for each course
  • Credit by Exam does not usually transfer to other colleges and universities
  • Financial aid will not cover the Credit by Exam fee

How to Apply for the Departmental Challenge Exam


Step 1: Review the list of courses.

Step 2: Email or visit the Transfer Credit and Placement Office on the Main Campus, Mint Building, Ground Floor, Room MG-17, to confirm eligibility. You will be notified by email that you are eligible. If you are eligible to sit for the exam, a nonrefundable charge of $159 will be placed on your financial account. After receiving approval to take the credit by examination, students will have one business day to cancel the request. Cancellation notice must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Payment may be made in person at the Bursar's Office on the Main Campus, Bonnell Building, Ground Floor, Room BG-38, or online via MyCCP. For all payments made in person, you must inform the Bursar's Office that payments are to be applied to the Credit by Exam charge. Please note that payments made online will be applied to outstanding charges before the Credit by Exam charge is satisfied.

Step 3: Email the department head for test preparation and scheduling the exam. The department head is identified in your eligibility confirmation email. When you arrive to take the test, please remember to bring a photo ID. If credit has been earned, it will appear on your transcript within two weeks of the test date.


How to Apply for the College-Level Exam Program (CLEP)

The CLEP was created by the College Board to allow students to demonstrate college-level achievement through a series of exams in undergraduate content. All CLEP testing is computer-based and exams are available year-round.

Step 1: Review the list of accepted courses.

Step 2: Prepare for the exam. The publisher of the CLEP exams provides detailed information with some sample tests on the website and the Learning Express Library database at the Free Library of Philadelphia has complete practice tests.

Step 3: Schedule the test at Community College of Philadlephia’s Assessment Center. The test administration fee is $20. (This fee is waived for Community College of Philadelphia students). After taking the test, have the test scores sent to the Community College of Philadelphia, Transfer Credit and Placement Office, Room MG-17, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Upon passing the exam and receiving your official exam results, credit for the course will appear on your transcript within 30 days. To make an appointment, please email the center at assessmentcenter@ccp.edu or call 1-215-751-8006.