Credit by Exam

Northern Illinois University provides a variety of opportunities for students enrolled at NIU to obtain college Credit by Examination (CBE).

CBE offers several advantages to new students. These advantages include allowing students to skip introductory classes and move to higher level classes, earn proficiency credit for previously mastered information, shorten the time to a degree, and save tuition dollars.

Credit may be awarded through the Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) Program, and NIU proficiency examinations.

To view a printable listing of the exams and cut-scores included in NIU's Credit by Exam Program, click here.

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For more information about the APCLEP or DSST programs, or to have official copies of your scores sent to NIU, please visit the appropriate homepage.

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View NIU's Credit by Exam Brochure