Prior Learning Assessment

Examination Credit

Credit earned through Testing

The University of Toledo recognizes credit earned through the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Credit by Exam (CBE), and DSST. University students should check with their academic advisor prior to taking any of the standardized or credit by examination tests.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students can demonstrate knowledge in specific disciplines by earning a passing grade on the tests offered by the College Board through its College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP offers 33 exams that cover intro-level college course material. Information about taking the CLEP tests, practice questions and the cost for each of the various CLEP tests are posted to the CLEP website. The student is responsible to pay the cost of taking the CLEP test.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) oversees the statewide policy on CLEP testing  and establishes the minimum passing score for each of the 33 CLEP tests available. The standard testing catalog list the minimum passing score associated with each of the CLEP tests. The University’s CLEP testing practices are available on the Registrar’s website.

Credit by Exam (CBE)

Students can earn prior learning credit by taking departmental examinations aligned to specific University courses. Credit by exam are commonly taken for Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Physics courses. Arrangements to take end of course subject exams are initiated through the PLA Coordinator. The actual credit by examination will be given by appointment in the appropriate department.

DSST

DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests developed by the United States Department of the Defense. DSST are two-hour computer-based tests are available in thirty-seven subject areas of business, physical sciences, humanities, social sciences and applied technology. These tests are offered by the UToledo Testing Service Center on the main campus of the University and are available to all students. University students should check with their academic advisor prior to taking any DSST credit by examination tests.

Last Updated: 11/10/21