Choose from more than 65 exams to earn college credit for what you’ve already learned and get one step closer to graduation

Below, we’ve answered the most common questions students ask us about earning credit by exam.

NOTE: If you haven’t enrolled at St. Edward’s yet and want to take an exam for credit, please contact New College Admission at 512-448-8717 before registering for an exam.

How does St. Edward’s University determine what credit to award?

St. Edward’s University partners with two national testing services — CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program) and DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests).

How many exams are available?

CLEP offers more than 30 exams in five areas:

  • Business
  • Composition and Literature
  • Foreign Languages
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Science and Mathematics
  • DSST offers more than 35 exams in six areas:
  • Applied Technology
  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Social Science

How much does an exam cost compared to taking the course?

The cost of each CLEP or DSST exam is substantially less than the cost of tuition. Each testing service charges a small fee per exam, and St. Edward’s assesses a nominal registration fee.

What are the tests like?

CLEP and DSST tests are mostly made up of multiple-choice questions. Some exams, like College Composition, also require an essay. You’ll take CLEP exams on a computer, and you’ll use a more traditional paper booklet for DSST exams.

When will I know if I earned college credit from St. Edward’s?

When you take each CLEP or DSST test, make sure St. Edward’s receives a copy of your scores by listing our school code (6619 for CLEP, 8912 for DSST). Once we do, we’ll let you know in just three to four weeks how much credit you’ve earned.

How do I sign up, and when are tests offered?

Both CLEP and DSST tests are offered several times a month on the main St. Edward’s University campus. Call 512-464-8848 to register.

How can I prepare for an exam?

CLEP and DSST offer free exam-preparation help online and a list of study guides you can purchase. Start by checking out CLEP’s test-taking tips and DSST’s test prep sheet.