Nontraditional Credits

These tests help students receive college credit for learning done outside of the traditional classroom.

Distance Education Programs

These tests are for students enrolled in online or distance education courses who need an approved site for the administration of course exams, both paper and online. Students wishing to utilize the University testing center for distance education exam proctoring will need to contact their school and obtain approval for taking their exams at our office. Sometimes this requires the student to present a form to the University testing center that we will fill out and the student then returns to their distance education program. We currently have standing approval with several distance education programs. Students in these programs are not required to obtain advance approval for testing at our site, but simply need to inform their program that they wish to test at our center.

  • Brigham Young University
  • Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Oregon Health Sciences University—School of Nursing
  • Oregon State University
  • Western Governors University
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Portland Community College

The fee for this service is $28.50 for an exam of less than three hours, or $33.50 for an exam of three hours or more in length. All correspondence, including testing requests and exam information, should be directed to Testing is done by individual appointment. Registration and payment is now done online.

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External Degree Programs

External degree programs are designed to provide non-traditional, working students with an opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree through a combination of credit for life experience, course work, and credit earned through standardized testing. Although many external degree programs have moved to online degree programs, there are still those programs that promote the earning of academic credit through the CLEP and DSST(DANTES) testing programs. The University of Oregon Testing Office is a site for both CLEP and DSST testing.

Testing for both of these programs is done by appointment.


The CLEP exams are a set of nationally standardized exams, available in a number of different subject areas. They are used to waive classes while still earning college credit. CLEP exams are accepted for credit at over 2,800 colleges and universities, including the University of Oregon. Passing scores and actual course equivalencies are determined by each college or university. Check with your institution before taking the test.

CLEP exams are administered on a computer using software that permits immediate scoring. See below for information about the exams, including test descriptions, outlines, and sample tests.

The University Testing Center administration fee is $26. The CLEP fees for each exam can be found on the CLEP website.

Register to take the test at the UO Testing Center and pay the UO fee.

Register for the test and pay the CLEP fee through the CLEP online portal. List the UO as your CLEP exam location. Upon completion, print a registration ticket and present this at the University testing center as proof of payment. The ticket will include a Ticket ID (used with iBT) and a Voucher ID (used with eCBT) to be used for check-in at the University testing center.

CLEP exams are scheduled by appointment. The University of Oregon allows each test to be taken only once.

Subject Exams Credits Passing Score Course Equivalencies
American Literature* 4 quarter hours 50 ENG 1xxT
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 4 quarter hours 50 ENG 204
Calculus* 4 quarter hours 50 MATH 251
Chemistry (General)* 12 quarter hours 50 CH 221, 222, 223
English Literature* 4 quarter hours 50 ENG 1xxT
French* 4 quarter hours 54 FR 201
French* 8 quarter hours 56 FR 201–202
French* 12 quarter hours 59 FR 201, 202, 203
German* 12 quarter hours 60 GER 201, 202, 203
Microeconomics* 4 quarter hours 60 EC 201
Macroeconomics* 4 quarter hours 60 EC 202
Spanish* 4 quarter hours 55 SPAN 201
Spanish* 8 quarter hours 59 SPAN 201, 202
Spanish* 12 quarter hours 63 SPAN 201, 202, 203
Sociology* 4 quarter hours 74 SOC 204

*denotes a test which meets a group requirement.

Students are not eligible to receive credit by examination if:

  • They have attempted the examination before.
  • The examination duplicates a course for which credit has been granted or status has been established.
  • The examination is more elementary than courses for which credit has been granted or status has been established. For example, if the course is a prerequisite for a course they have already received credit for.
  • They are currently enrolled in a higher-level course in the same sequence and complete the course before the test is taken.
  • Special restrictions may apply if their background and competence exceed the scope of the exam.

The CLEP program has a year-long free test prep option. Students can order study materials on individual CLEP tests. Find information on additional preparation guides and materials.

For more information, contact CLEP Services at 1-800-257-9558 or

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The DSST/Dantes exams are a set of nationally standardized exams that help students get college credit for learning outside the traditional classroom. They are available in a number of different subject areas.

Passing scores and actual course equivalencies are determined by each college or university. The University of Oregon does NOT accept DSST/Dantes exams for credit or proficiency. The University of Oregon Testing Center is an open DSST/Dantes test site, which means DSST/Dantes exams may be taken here and the results sent to other institutions. Find institutions that accept DSST/Dantes exams

DSST/Dantes exams are scheduled by appointment. The test fee is paid in two parts:

  1. The exam fee is paid to DSST by credit card or debit card at the time of testing—this fee is set by DSST and more information can be found on their website at
  2. The proctoring fee of $36 is paid to the University of Oregon during registration with a credit card or debit card.

Veterans eligible for the post-9/11 GI Bill can be reimbursed for these tests.

DSST has launched applications for smart phones within the Android Google Play and Apple App stores. The application displays a detailed listing of each exam, content outline, references and recommendations. Additionally, it allows the user to take a free practice exam (roughly 10 questions). 

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