Credit By Examination

The Office of Testing and Assessment offers a series of tools that can aid college or high school students achieve their goal of obtaining a bachelor's degree.

Accelerate your path towards a degree in FGCU.

The concept is simple: earn college credit in FGCU by taking a test at FGCU. 

Obtain your bachelor's degree faster. You may only need a short refresher depending on how proficient you are on a subject before you take the test.


Flexibility on your schedule.

You decide when you want to take the test.

We make it easy to work around your academic schedule and other responsibilities, such as work.

Save money.

Turn knowledge you already posses into college credit.

At the end of the day, the cost of a test is significantly less than the tuition for equivalent course credits.

No prior instruction needed.

You can schedule your exam as soon as you decide you are ready to test.






There are a few things you need to know before you take a test to accelerate graduation date.


  • Talk to your academic advisor. We can't stress this part hard enough.

  • Familiarize yourself with Florida Gulf Coast University's accelerated credit equivalency policies.

  • There is a maximum number of credits you can obtain through testing. 

  • There are no grades associated with these exams. 

  • You need to designate Florida Gulf Coast University as your score recipient institution.

Degree Acceleration Program

Here's a brief description of the credit-by-exam programs we currently offer in Testing and Assessment Services:

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is probably the best known credit-by-exam program. It has been around for over 50 years and it is accepted by over 2,900 colleges and universities in the country. Their 34 exams are priced at $89 and their average length is 90 minutes.

CLEP Exams FGCU Equivalency Table

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

The DSST is a nationally recognized credit-by-exam program that allows you to get college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom. Over 1,500 colleges and universities recognize the DSST program which has more than 30 exam titles in college subject areas priced as low as $100 per exam.


Pearson VUE'S UEXCEL Program

UExcel is another credit-by-exam program accepted by FGCU. These exams require you to complete assignments and take multiple tests on a schedule. For a complete list visit the UExcel website.

UExcel was developed by Excelsior College, a not-for-profit online institution. They currently offer exams in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Humanities & Liberal Arts
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Social Sciences

However, only Nursing Theory exams are designed for Excelsior College's associate degree program in nursing and they are know as Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs). Any other subject are exam are now called UExcel.