Options by Testing

College Level Examination Program 
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program.  Taking CLEP exams can shorten the time it takes to earn your degree, can allow you to skip general introductory courses, and can even satisfy a proficiency requirement by demonstrating that you've already mastered the content. CLEP exams can reduce the number of courses you need to graduate, saving hundreds of dollars in tuition.  CLEP Website 


A student may earn credits for State designated courses by successfully completing Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) examinations. Once credit is awarded, the student may not repeat the course for a letter grade. No credit is awarded if credit for the same course has already been earned. * NOTE: To see course equivalencies and related information, refer to www.flvc.org.

Credit by Examination
1. Students may earn credit in approved courses by earning “C” or better on the appropriate HCC examination.
2. Exams are given on dates published in the college’s annual calendar.
3. Credit awarded by examination becomes part of the student’s permanent record, and the grade earned on the examination is used in calculating students’ cumulative GPAs.
4. A student must obtain approval from the appropriate campus academic dean to take credit-by-examination.
5. In addition to a $20 non-refundable examination fee, a student who passes the examination will be required to pay a per-credit hour processing fee.
6. A student may obtain the required forms and additional information through the appropriate campus academic dean.
7. A student may not retake a credit-by-exam if a grade of “C” or better has been earned on a previous exam.
8. A student is not eligible to attempt credit-by-examination for any courses in which the student is currently enrolled.
9. A student who has completed a course and earned a grade of “D” or “F” is eligible to repeat it through credit-by-examination.
10. Grades for courses repeated through credit-by-examination are recorded in the same way as courses repeated through class attendance.
NOTE: Credit earned through credit-by-examination may not be counted toward the requirement that students complete at least 25% of the credit hours applicable to a degree in residence at the college.

Certified Administrative Professional
HCC will award 12 semester hours of credit to students who have passed the Certified Administrative Professional exam and earned the designation “CAP.” For further information, contact the Dean of Associate in Sciences or the Program Director.