Credit by Exam

Test out of classes to get closer to your degree at UMUC.

Getting a head start at UMUC Europe could be as easy as passing approved examinations and earning college credit. You can earn credits toward your associate's 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 UMUC standards.

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 UMUC from the College Board. When those scores have been received, an evaluator will determine whether they meet the standards established at UMUC for granting AP credit, and how much credit may be awarded.

Cambridge International Examinations

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

Foreign Language Examinations

You can earn credits for your experience in foreign languages. UMUC 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 UMUC 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. UMUC 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 MyUMUC at the time of registration for the exam. The student must also complete the Foreign Language Questionnaire.

Additional Information

UMUC 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 UMUC.
  • No more than 3 semester hours of writing credit may be earned through credit-by-examination.

The Fine Print

UMUC 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.