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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. There are two methods for earning credit through this program – Credit by Proficiency and Credit by National Examination. You may complete 42 of the 64 credits needed toward an associate's degree, or up to half of the credits needed toward a certificate through this program.

Credit by National Examination offers you an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge in a particular subject area by submitting scores from the nationally recognized Advanced Placement Program (AP) College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB). In order to receive credit for an accepted exam, official scores must be sent to the College of DuPage Testing Center. 

Credit by Proficiency 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 specific College of DuPage courses. Through this process, students who demonstrate knowledge needed to complete a COD course can gain college credit without taking the course. Faculty and administrators in each academic division determine if a specific course lends itself to this method of gaining credit and the means by which you must demonstrate your knowledge. Some exams have been established and are available in the Testing Center.

Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy

The Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy or the Illinois State Biliteracy Commendation are awarded at the High School level for demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language. Illinois high school students with one of these academic achievements can earn college credit by providing an official copy of their Illinois high school transcript with the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy and submitting the ISSB Request Form below no later than three years after graduating from high school to the Office of Student Records.

Biliteracy Request Form 

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Contact Information

Academic Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A06, (630) 942-2401,

Specialized Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A08,