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.

CLEP EXAM TITLE ACE RECOMMENDED PASSING SCORE CREDITS UMGC EQUIVALENT COURSE OR SUBJECT
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)†

50

6

FREN 111 (3); FREN 112 (3)

French Language (Level 2)†

59

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

 

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

DSST

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. To see which exams fulfill your degree requirements, please check with a UMGC Europe academic advisor.

DSST EXAM TITLE CREDITS UMGC EQUIVALENT COURSE OR SUBJECT AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION (ACE) EXPIRATION DATE
A History of the Vietnam War

3

HIST 381 (lower level credit only)

31 July 2023

Art of the Western World

3

Arts & humanities GER  (ARTH)

31 July 2023

Astronomy†

3

ASTR 100

31 July 2023

Business Ethics and Society

3

BMGT 496 (lower level credit only)

31 October 2021

Business Mathematics

3

Elective

31 October 2021

Computing and Information Technology

3

IFSM 201

31 July 2024

Criminal Justice

3

CCJS 100

31 October 2021

Environmental Science

3

NSCI 362 (lower level credit only)+

31 October 2021

Ethics in America

3

PHIL 140

31 October 2025

Ethics in Technology

3

IFSM 304 (lower level credit only)

31 May 2023

Foundations of Education

3

Elective

31 July 2023

Fundamentals of College Algebra

3

MATH 107

31 October 2021

Fundamentals of Counseling

3

PSYC 432 (lover level credit only)

31 October 2021

Cybersecurity

3 UL

CSIA 301

31 October 2021

General Anthropology

3

Behavioral & social sciences GER (ANTH)

31 October 2025

Health and Human Development

3

Elective

31 July 2024

History of the Soviet Union

3

HIST 448

31 October 2025

Human Resource Management

3

HRMN 300 (lower level credit only)

31 October 2025

Introduction to Business

3

BMGT 110

31 July 2024

Introduction to Geography

3

GEOG 100

31 July 2023

Introduction to Geology†

3

GEOL 100

31 July 2023

Introduction to Law Enforcement

3

CCJS 100

31 July 2023

Introduction to World Religions

3

PHIL 127

31 October 2025

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

3

PSYC 351 (lower level credit only)

31 October 2021

Management Information Systems

3

IFSM 300 (lower level credit only)

31 July 2024

Math for Liberal Arts

3

MATH 103

31 October 2025

Money and Banking

3 UL*

ECON 430

31 October 2025

Organizational Behavior

3

BMGT 464 (lower level credit only)

31 October 2025

Personal Finance

3

FINC 322 (may apply as FINC 321; lower level credit only)

31 October 2025

Principles of Advanced English Composition‡

3

Communications GER

31 October 2025

Principles of Finance

3

FINC 330 (lower level credit only)

31 October 2021

Principles of Public Speaking

3 UL*

SPCH 100 (upper level credit granted)

31 July 2023

Principles of Statistics

3

STAT 200

31 October 2021

Principles of Supervision

3

BMGT 364 (lower level credit only)

31 July 2024

Substance Abuse

3

Health elective

31 July 2024

Technical Writing

3

Communications GER (non-writing)*

31 October 2021

The Civil War and Reconstruction

3

HIST 462 (lower level credit only)

31 July 2023

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

 

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.

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.