Placement Testing

Man with headphones

College-Level Equivalency

Students can earn college credit for certain introductory-level courses by achieving satisfactory scores on certain standardized tests, such as CLEP and DSST. Students seeking credit for examinations should work with their advisor to explore how these exams may be applied to your degree program.

Below is a general overview of some of the college-level equivalency testing options. The College awards credits based on recommendations approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). See Catalog for full details.

Looking For Accuplacer or Praxis Resources?



The College recognizes certain tests to demonstrate college-level knowledge and earn credit. Below is a collection of several options. Contact an Academic Advisor prior to taking any standardized examination to ensure that the examination selected is not duplicative of coursework completed or projected, or of other tests.

CLEP exams are standardized tests created and administered by the College Board. These tests assess college-level knowledge that is equivalent to introductory-level courses.

DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests administered by Prometric and offered to anyone who wants to earn college credit outside the classroom.

Advanced Placement is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.

A proctored, online, proficiency-based test for the global assessment of abilities in a foreign language.

NBS collaborates with the NCCRS to evaluate assessments in a range of career fields to determine if the individual’s skills and experience translate into college-level courses.

Use Excelsior College UExcel® exams to earn undergraduate college credit that you can use towards a degree in business, education, humanities, math, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and other disciplines.


Below are four examples of low-cost, self-paced online programs for college credit, offering courses that are approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) and currently accepted by the UNH College of Professional Studies.

Use Our Transfer Evaluation System

To see how college-equivalency testing might transfer to UNH CPS, explore TES (Transfer Evaluation System). TES is a dynamic, robust library of course equivalencies that UNH CPS has previously accepted, which include not only traditional college courses but also:

We continually add colleges, courses, and training from across the country, so be sure to check back often!

Contact your academic advisor for step-by-step instructions on how to find the course that you need!

Access TES