Credit By Exam
Credit by Examination
East Central College allows individuals to earn college credit for knowledge they have acquired outside the regular college classroom through credit-by-examination. Any student enrolled at East Central College may be eligible for credit under one of the following programs:
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Advanced Placement Program (AP)
- DANTES Subject Standardized Test Program (DSST)
- Project Lead The Way Credit (PLTW)
- Industry Recognized Certifications
- Departmental Examinations
Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor regarding the use of credit by examination in their educational planning.
Grades for Credit by Examination: Credits earned by examination are listed on the East Central College transcript with a Passing (P) grade. A notation is made on the transcript listing the exam that was taken (i.e. CLEP, AP, DSST, departmental exam).
Transfer of Credit by Examination: Students should be advised that individual colleges set different policies on the acceptance of credit by examination. Students who plan to transfer should contact the transfer institution for that college’s policies.
Posting Fee: CLEP, AP, and DSST credits will be posted to the student’s transcript free of charge. Departmental Exams and Industry Recognized Certifications have a fee of one In-district credit hour per course posted.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for knowledge you’ve acquired through independent study, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships. CLEP is sponsored by the College Board; additional information about specific exams is available at clep.collegeboard.org.
East Central College administers the CLEP Exam. If you are interested in taking the exam, please contact the Testing Center at 636-584-6124. An information sheet about testing is also available here.
If a student is interested in obtaining credit from East Central College, an official transcript of scores should be sent to the Registrar’s office for evaluation. Please note that credit will not be given for CLEP exams if the student has college credit for the equivalent course.
Please see the chart below for CLEP Exams that will be considered for credit at East Central College.
|CLEP EXAM||REQUIRED SCORE||ECC EQUIVALENT COURSE(S)||ECC CREDITS|
|Financial Accounting||50||ACC 101||3|
|Introductory Business Law||50||BUS 234||3|
|Principles of Management||50||BUS 151||3|
|Principles of Marketing||50||BUS 111||3|
|History and Social Sciences|
|Human Growth & Development||50||PSY 250||3|
|Introduction to Educational Psychology||50||EDU ELEC** (elective)||3|
|Introductory Psychology||50||PSY 101||3|
|Introductory Sociology||50||SOS 101||3|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||50||ECO 101||3|
|Principles of Microeconomics||50||ECO 102||3|
|Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648||50||CIV 201||3|
|Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present||50||CIV 202||3|
|American Government||50||PSC ELEC*||3|
|History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877||50||HST ELEC*||3|
|History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present||50||HST ELEC*||3|
|Composition and Literature|
|American Literature||50||ENG 221 or ENG 222||3|
|Analyzing & Interpreting Literature||50||ENG ELEC (elective)||3|
|College Composition||50||ENG 101||3|
|English Literature||50||ENG 210 or ENG 211||3|
|College Composition Modular||50||ENG 101||3|
|Humanities||50||HUM ELEC (elective)||3|
|French Language, Level 1||50||HUM ELEC||4|
|French Language, Level 2||59||HUM ELEC||12|
|German Language, Level 1||50||HUM ELEC||4|
|German Language, Level 2||60||HUM ELEC||12|
|Spanish Language, Level 1||50||SPN 101||4|
|Spanish Language, Level 2||63||SPN 101, SPN 102, & SPN 201||12|
|Science and Mathematics|
|Natural Sciences||50||EVR 103||3|
|Information Systems & Computer Applications||50||CIS 110||3|
*U.S. History: HST 100/PSC 100 course required in addition to CLEP to meet US and Missouri Constitution requirement
**Intro to Educational Psychology: Contact Education Division for observation hours for ED 2413 credit
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
High school students participating in the College Board Advanced Placement Program may be eligible for college credit if they make satisfactory scores on the Advanced Placement exam. The test is administered by participating high schools. If a student is interested in obtaining credit from East Central College, an official transcript of scores should be sent to the Registrar’s office for evaluation. Scores of three or higher will be considered for college credit.
Please see the chart below for AP Exams that will be considered for credit at East Central College.
|AP EXAM||ECC EQUIVALENT COURSE(S)||ECC CREDITS|
|Comparative Government & Politics||PSC 202||3|
|U.S. Government & Politics||PSC 102*||3|
|Human Geography||GRY 101||3|
|U.S. History||HST 101* or HST 102*||3|
|AP Seminar||ENG 101||3|
|English Language||ENG 101||3|
|English Literature||ENG ELEC (elective) OR ENG 101||3|
|French Language||HUM ELEC||4|
|German Language||HUM ELEC||4|
|Japanese Language & Culture||HUM ELEC||3|
|Latin: Vergil||HUM ELEC||3|
|Spanish Language||SPN 101||4|
|Spanish Literature||HUM ELEC||3|
|European History||CIV 202||3|
|Environmental Science||EVR 103||3|
|Calculus AB (Score of 4)||MTH 190||5|
|Calculus BC||MTH 210||5|
|Physics 1||PHY 111/112||5|
|Physics 2||PHY 121/122||5|
|Physics C Mechanics||PHY 211/212||5|
|Physics C Electricity & Magnetism||PHY 221/222||5|
*U.S. History: HSC 100/PSC 100 course required in addition to AP test to meet US and Missouri Constitution requirement if student’s high school was out of state.
DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)
The nationally recognized DSST Program allows you to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom perhaps from reading, on-the-job training, or independent study. If you would like to get additional information about the exams or testing sites, please go to their website at https://www.getcollegecredit.com/.
If a student is interested in obtaining credit from East Central College, an official transcript of scores should be sent to the Registrar’s office for evaluation. Please note that credit will not be given for DSST exams if the student has college credit for the equivalent course.
Please see the chart below for DSST Exams that will be considered for credit at East Central College.
|DSST EXAM||MINIMUM SCORE||ECC EQUIVALENT COURSE(S)||ECC CREDITS|
|Foundations of Education||46||EDU 105||3|
|Fundamentals of Counseling||45||PSY ELEC (elective)||3|
|General Anthropology||47||ANT 101||3|
|Human Resource Management||46||BUS 171||3|
|Human/Cultural Geography||48||GEO ELEC (elective)||3|
|Introduction to Business||46||BUS 101||3|
|Introduction to Law Enforcement||45||CRJ ELEC (elective)||3|
|Lifespan Developmental Psychology||46||PSY 250||3|
|Principles of Financial Accounting||47||ACC 101||3|
|Introduction to the Modern Middle East||47||CIV ELEC (elective)||3|
|Technical Writing (Essay Required)||46||ENG 104||3|
|Physical Geology||46||GEO 101||3|
|Environment & Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet||46||EVR 103|
|Business Mathematics||46||MTH 102||3|
|Principles of Physical Science I||46||PHY GEN ELEC LEC||3|
|Principles of Statistics||48||MTH 150||3|
|Public Speaking||47 & passing score on speech||COM 110||3|
|Introduction to Computing||47||CIS 101||3|
Project Lead The Way
Students who completed Project Lead the Way in high school may be eligible for credit at no charge. The ECC PLTW credit form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Industry Recognized Certifications
|Exam Name||Exam Version/ID||ECC Equivalent Course(s)||ECC Credits|
|TestOut Desktop Pro Plus||Version 5.0 or later||CIS 110||3|
|TestOut IT Fundamentals Pro||Version 2.1 or later||CIS 121||3|
|CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)||FCO-U61|
|CompTIA A+ (Core 1)||220-1001 (2019) or 220-1101 (2022)||CIS 126||3|
|CompTIA A+ (Core 2)||220-1002 (2019) or 220-1102 (2022)||CIS 193||3|
|TestOut PC Pro||Version 6.0 or later||CIS 126 and CIS 193||6|
|CompTIA Network+||N10-008||CIS 151 and CIS 152||6|
|Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)||200-301|
|TestOut Network Pro||Version 6.0 or later|
|GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)||CIS 123||3|
|CompTIA Security+||SY0-601 | Would allow older versions if “Active”||CIS 123 and CIS 223||6|
|CIW Web Security Associate||1D0-671 | Must have been taken within last 3 years|
|TestOut Security Pro||Version 7.0 or later|
|TestOut Ethical Hacker Pro||Version 1.0 or later||CIS 280 (Ethical Hacking)||3|
Students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency within a subject area may petition the academic discipline or program faculty for credit by examination or review. If this petition is approved, discipline or program faculty would prepare an appropriate measure (test or other instruments) of proficiency and establish with the student guidelines for passing. Upon completion of the examination, the student and faculty member will complete and sign a Recommendation for Credit by Departmental Examination and forward it to the Vice President of Instruction for approval. Posting Fee: Students will be assessed a fee to post Departmental Examinations. The fee is equivalent to one credit hour of in-district tuition at ECC. The student will receive correspondence from the Registrar’s office once appropriate documentation (official transcript, score report, faculty recommendation) has been reviewed. Credits will be posted to the transcript upon notification of payment from Financial Services.
If you have any questions about receiving credit by examination, please see your academic advisor or contact the Associate Registrar at 636-584-6553.