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Credit by Examination


The NYU School of Professional Studies offers numerous language exams to evaluate your knowledge of a language and assign points equivalent to undergraduate credit at US colleges. The actual amount of credit granted is at the discretion of the institution receiving the results. 

To begin the registration process please go to the following link for instructions, click here.

Once you have completed the registration form, please contact the Credit for Prior Learning office (CPL) at NLU to provide you with a proctor letter. Please note that NYU will not release a language exam to NLU unless you have a proctor letter included with your registration materials. Please call 630-874-4319 or email us at;

The CLEP exam gave me the opportunity to earn the credits I needed in order to reach my academic goal. It was a wonderful way to earn credits without the pressure of having to take extra classes. I would highly recommend the CLEP examination program."

— Gaby, B.A. in Human Services


What is Credit by Examination?
NLU awards credit by examination for eligible students who have achieved acceptable scores on CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs). You might wish to explore this option of examination as a way to gain additional credits needed for degree completion.

Where can I take the exams?
Computer-based CLEP and DANTES tests may be taken on NLU’s Lisle campus, or at other institutions offering these exams. If these exams are taken at another institution, your score reports should be sent to NLU for awarding of transfer credit. For more information regarding DANTES or CLEP please contact us at;

What do CLEP exams cover?
CLEP tests measure knowledge of academic topics through five subject areas (Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, Business). CLEP exams are timed, but there is no penalty for wrong or skipped answers. Credit awards vary from 5QH to 14QH.
Download the CLEP exam schedule:  CLEP Exams Chicago, CLEP Exams WheelingCLEP Exams Lisle

What do DSST (DANTES) exams cover?
DANTES exams measure learning in some Business and academic areas, including Humanities, Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Technical Writing. There is no penalty for incorrect or skipped answers. Credit awards for all DANTES are 5QH. Many DANTES can be completed within 90 minutes; however, the maximum time allowed is 2 hours. The NLU test center code for DANTES is #8340.
Download the DSST exam schedule: DSST Exam Schedule


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