Credit By Examination

There are three test options that students may pursue to gain credit by examination:

1) Comprehensive Challenge Exams

These are exams developed by faculty in specific subject areas. You may first view the syllabus of the course to determine if you have the knowledge, prior to scheduling and then taking the seated test. A complete list of Challenge Exams is maintained by the Continuing Studies office.

2) College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Widener University's Exton Campus now offers the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) for students. CLEP exams provide students with the opportunity to earn college credits by achieving qualifying scores on tests. There are a total of 34 different CLEP exams available. Each exam is worth between 3 and 12 credits, depending on the student's score, as well as the level of difficulty for the subject area.

CLEP exam subject areas include Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, and Business. A list of all subject areas, as well as information on purchasing CLEP study guides, is available at the official CLEP web site. CLEP exams can be scheduled at Widener University's Exton Campus, Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The cost for each CLEP exam is $105. To schedule a CLEP Exam at the Exton Campus, contact Matt Weidman, at (484) 713-0088.

3) Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)

DANTES cover certain subjects that can be equated to some Continuing Studies courses. DANTES is designed to solely assist service members in completing their collegiate education. If you have taken a DANTES test, it will be evaluated upon admission into Continuing Studies.