Credit By Examination

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Students attending one of the five Vermont State Colleges, or members of the military, can sign up for one of two testing options which are offered through the Prior Learning Assessment office in Montpelier:

  • The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers more than 30 tests in areas such as composition, literature, history, social sciences, science, mathematics, business, and world languages. Check for more information.
  • The DSST Program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) helps you receive college credits through more than 30 exams in college subject areas such as social sciences, math, applied technology, business, physical sciences and humanities. Check for more information.

Testing is straightforward and reasonably priced

You pay only the testing fee of $135 per test. Tests carry three to six credits. Check the list of available tests and make your testing appointment by calling 802-828-4064. Tests are computer-based and are administered at the Prior Learning Assessment office in Montpelier. Pre-testing practice materials are available to help you test successfully. Most test outcomes are available instantly.

Testing by examination is a good option for you if you

  • Have studied on your own, through online courses, or trainings at work
  • Are confident you can meet the subject requirements
  • Are enthusiastic about preparing for the test
  • Enjoy testing
  • Want immediate results


Ask a CCV Advisor, contact the Office of Prior Learning Assessment at 802-828-4064 or, or attend a free information session. Information sessions are frequently offered either at CCV academic centers or through webinars.

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