Getting a head start at UMGC Europe could be as easy as passing approved examinations and earning college credit. You can earn credits toward your associate degree or bachelor's degree via credit by exam. You can earn these credits as long as there is no duplication of academic credit and your scores meet UMGC standards.

UMGC Europe National Test Centers

CLEP - College Level Examination Program

Our national test centers offer computer-based College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, exams. CLEP study guides are available online through the College Board. The UMGC code number is 5804. You must enter this number on your exam material if you want your score sent to UMGC.


CLEP Examination Titles, Course Equivalents, and Scores

CLEP information is subject to change without notice. All CLEP General Examinations are considered lower level.

American Government 50 3 GVPT 170
American Literature 50 3 ENGL 221
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 Literature (Arts and Humanities GER)
Biology* 50 6 BIOL 101 (3); Biology (non-lab) (3)
Calculus 50 4 MATH 140
Chemistry* 50 6 CHEM 103 (3); CHEM 113 (3) (non-lab)
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 107
College Composition‡ 50 6 Communications GER (3); Elective (3)
College Composition Modular‡ 50 3 Communications GER
College Mathematics 50 6 MATH 106 (Mathematics GER for most degrees) (3); Elective (3)
English Literature 50 3 ENGL 211
Financial Accounting 50 3 ACCT 220
French Language (Level 1)† 59 6 FREN 111 (3); FREN 112 (3)
French Language (Level 2)† 50 9 FREN 111 (3); FREN 112 (3); FREN 211 (3)
German Language (Level 1)† 50 6 GERM 111 (3); GERM 112 (3)
German Language (Level 2)† 60 9 GERM 111 (3); GERM 112 (3); GERM 211 (3)
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3 HIST 156
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 3 HIST 157
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSYC 351 (lower level credit only)
Humanities 50 3 ARTH 100
Information Systems 50 3 IFSM 201
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 PSYC 442 (lower level credit only)
Introductory Business Law 50 3 BMGT 380 (lower level credit only)
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSYC 100
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOCY 100
Natural Sciences* 50 6 NSCI 100 (3); BIOL 101 (3)
Precalculus 50 3 MATH 108 or MATH 115
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 201
Principles of Management 50 3 BMGT 364 (lower level credit only)
Principles of Marketing 50 3 MRKT 310 (lower level credit only)
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 203
Social Sciences and History 50 6 Social Sciences GER (3); History GER (3)
Spanish Language (Level 1)† 50 6 SPAN 111 (3); SPAN 112 (3)
Spanish Language (Level 2)† 63 9 SPAN 111 (3); SPAN 112 (3); SPAN 211 (3)
Spanish with Writing (Level 1)† 50 6 SPAN 111 (3); SPAN 112 (3)
Spanish with Writing (Level 2)† 65 12 SPAN 111 (3); SPAN 112 (3); SPAN 211 (3); Spanish Electives (3)
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 HIST 141
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 3 HIST 142

GER = General Education Requirements
* Science exams are for non-lab credit only
† Credits may differ for students educated in these languages
‡ No more than 3 credits of writing may be earned through credit by examination for UMGC degrees

CLEP exams and UMGC


Notes About CLEP Exams

  • No more than 3 semester hours of writing credit may be earned through credit-by-examination. Generally CLEP Composition exams may not be taken for credit by students who have completed a higher-numbered English writing course.
  • Educational Testing Services requires a three-month waiting period before retaking a test.
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support funds CLEP and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests exams (one attempt per title). Military funding is no longer available for retesting


The nationally recognized DSST program, formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, allows you to earn college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom. The UMGC code number is 9357. You must enter this number on your exam material if you want your score sent to UMGC.

Please note: Active-duty military personnel may apply for and take DSST exams without charge at the education office of their respective military installations if taking an exam for the first time. Military funding is no longer available for retesting.

DSST Examination Titles and Course Equivalents

DSST information is subject to change without notice.

A History of the Vietnam War 3 HIST 381 (lower level credit only)
Art of the Western World 3 Arts & humanities GER  (ARTH)
Astronomy† 3 ASTR 100
Business Ethics and Society 3 BMGT 496 (lower level credit only)
Business Mathematics 3 Elective
Computing and Information Technology 3 IFSM 201
Criminal Justice 3 CCJS 100
Environmental Science† 3 NSCI 362 (lower level credit only)
Ethics in America 3 PHIL 140
Ethics in Technology 3 IFSM 304 (lower level credit only)
Foundations of Education 3 Elective
Fundamentals of College Algebra 3 MATH 107
Fundamentals of Counseling 3 PSYC 432 (lower level credit only)
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 3 UL* CSIA 301
General Anthropology 3 Behavorial & social sciences GER (ANTH)
Health and Human Development 3 Elective
History of the Soviet Union 3 UL* HIST 448
Human Resource Management 3 HRMN 300 (lower level credit only)
Introduction to Business 3 BMGT 110
Introduction to Geography 3 GEOG 100
Introduction to Geology† 3 GEOL 100
Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 CCJS 100
Introduction to World Religions 3 PHIL 127
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3 PSYC 351 (lower level credit only)
Management Information Systems 3 IFSM 300 (lower level credit only)
Math for Liberal Arts 3 MATH 103
Money and Banking 3 UL* ECON 430
Organizational Behavior 3 BMGT 464 (lower level credit only)
Personal Finance 3 FINC 322 (may apply as FINC 321; lower level credit only)
Principles of Advanced English Composition‡ 3 Communications GER
Principles of Finance 3 FINC 330 (lower level credit only)
Principles of Public Speaking 3 UL* SPCH 100 (upper level credit granted)
Principles of Statistics 3 STAT 200
Principles of Supervision 3 BMGT 364 (lower level credit only)
Substance Abuse 3 Health elective
Technical Writing 3 Communications GER (non-writing)
The Civil War and Reconstruction 3 HIST 462 (lower level credit only)

GER = General Education Requirements
* Upper level credit
† Science exams are for non-lab credit only
‡ No more than 3 credits of writing may be earned through credit by examination for UMGC degrees

DSST exams and UMGC


Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE testing includes academic, government, health, IT certifications, professional certifications and licensure exams, such as ASMC, Cisco, CompTIA, DSS, Excelsior, GMAT, ISC2, NREMT, PTCB, and much more. We also offer Pearson VUE Computerized GED Exams.

Proctored Exams

If you are in need of a proctored exam and are not currently enrolled with UMGC, you can have your online internet-based exams officially proctored.

Eligibility Criteria for DANTES-Funded Exams

  • Military personnel (active duty, reserve, National Guard): Army, Navy, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army, and Air National Guard.
  • Spouses and civilian employees of: Air Force* (civilian employees only), Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, Coast Guard (active and reserve).
  • Note: Spouses and civilian employees of Air National Guard can no longer receive DANTES funding effective October 15, 2014.

Other Exams

Advanced Placement Exams

Advanced placement College credit may be granted on the basis of scores on a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examination. These examinations are normally administered to eligible high school seniors during the May preceding matriculation in college.

A student intending to transfer AP credit that was awarded at another college or similar institution must have a transcript of the original scores sent directly to UMGC from the College Board. When those scores have been received, an evaluator will determine whether they meet the standards established at UMGC for granting AP credit, and how much credit may be awarded.

Cambridge International Examinations

UMGC accepts credits for advanced-level exams taken through Cambridge International Examinations when scores meet UMGC standards. Official transcripts, with scores, must be sent directly to UMGC for review.

Excelsior College Exams

Students may earn credit for successfully completing subject tests offered by Excelsior College. Tests are available in various areas of the arts and sciences, as well as in business. Scores must meet UMGC standards.

International Baccalaureate Exams

If you completed your International Baccalaureate exam before graduating from high school, you could be able to transfer applicable credits to your UMGC degree.

Industry-Specific Certification

If you’ve taken one of several industry-standard certification exams (such as CompTIA, Microsoft, or Cisco) within the past five years, UMGC could accept your certification for college credit. You'll just need to submit documentation of your certification. See which certifications you can turn into credit.

Course Challenge Exams

After you are a student at UMGC, you can apply for a Course Challenge exam (offered through our Prior Learning program). In this program, you can earn credit by taking the equivalent of the final exam for a UMGC course.

Foreign Language Examinations

You can earn credits for your experience in foreign languages. UMGC Europe foreign language examinations are for students completing degree requirements, not for those seeking to determine their level of foreign language mastery. To be eligible for a UMGC Europe foreign language examination, the student must have an academic advisement report. A student who has attended elementary or secondary school where English was not the language of instruction can establish credit in that language only for certain courses. A native speaker of a foreign language may not earn lower-level credit or conversational course credit in that language. UMGC reserves the right to determine the native language of a student and the level of exam to be taken.

The examination fee is the current cost of tuition for each credit hour the student is seeking to establish and can be paid through MyUMGC at the time of registration for the exam. The student must also complete the Foreign Language Questionnaire.

Additional Information

UMGC also accepts credit for professional examinations listed in the American Council on Education Guide to Educational Credit by Examination. We may accept credits by examination awarded by other approved institutions for courses that appear on an official transcript with a grade of C or better. If you have questions about credit by examination, contact an academic advisor.

Limitations for Credit by Exam

Learn about the limitations on credit by exam.

  • You can't attempt credit by examination if you are taking an exam for a course which already appears on your transcript.
  • If you are pursuing a second bachelor's degree, you can't use standardized examination credit to satisfy the requirement for graduation that courses be taken at UMGC.
  • No more than 3 semester hours of writing credit may be earned through credit-by-examination.

The Fine Print

UMGC is not responsible for determining students' prior knowledge or preparation for these exams. Approval to take exams does not guarantee award of credit. Other conditions, such as the appropriate score, must be satisfied. All information on credit by exam is subject to change without notice.