Credit by Demonstrated Competence

The College of DuPage Credit by Demonstrated Competence program offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your achievement outside the classroom and gain college credit for it. You may complete 42 of the 64 credits needed toward an associate's degree through this program.

Credit by Proficiency

This method offers an opportunity to gain credit for knowledge you've acquired in an occupation or educational environment outside of college, or through other life experience, related to a specific College of DuPage course.There is a service fee for each course you attempt to gain proficiency in. Click here for a list of established exams. For additional information, please contact the Testing Center Office.

Credit by National Examination

This method offers you an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge in a particular subject area by submitting scores from the nationally recognized Advanced Placement Program (AP) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

  • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
    Students who have previously taken AP exams should order their official score reports from College Board to be sent to the Testing Center Office. Click here for a list of accepted AP scores for College of DuPage.

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    College of DuPage is a national test center for all CLEP exams. CLEP exams are administered by appointment, but not all exams are accepted for credit at College of DuPage. For more information on CLEP or to register for a CLEP test, Click here.


  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
    Currently, College of DuPage is a national test site for DSST, however we do not accept these tests for credit. For more information on DSST or to register for a DSST test, Click here


Independent Study/Special Projects

This self-directed program allows students the possibility of pursuing a topic of special interest by designing a study project, which is supervised by a faculty member. For more information, students can call the Independent Study/Special Projects counselor at
(630) 942-2271.


Contact Information

Academic Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2405, (630) 942-2400
Fax: (630) 942-3724

Specialized Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2407, (630) 942-2400
Fax: (630) 942-3724