Credit by Exam Programs assist people in gaining recognition for what they know and can do, regardless of how or where they learned it. College credit earned by examination may be counted toward University Studies, major, minor or elective requirements at Southeast Missouri State University.

Credit is granted through Advanced Placement (AP), local credit through Departmental Examination (DE), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Additionally, credit may be earned via a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) certification, or through the International Baccalaureate Organizations (IBO) program.

Credit by Exam Guidelines:

Southeast Missouri State University students may qualify for credit by examination as long as they have earned fewer than 90* semester hours and have not enrolled in a college course in the subject for which the examination is taken.

  • Students who anticipate attempting to earn credit by examination should NOT enroll in that course before taking the examination.
  • A maximum of 30 semester hours of combined credit from Advanced Placement, CLEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST), Departmental Exams, Certified Professional Secretary (CPS), and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) options may be counted toward a single degree.
  • Credit and course equivalencies correspond to introductory courses in disciplines.
  • Grades will be recorded and noted on the official transcript as credit by examination; such credit does not affect the cumulative grade point average.
  • Subsidiary level courses do not receive any credit or advanced placement.

*Graduate Students: Students who have more than 90 hours and are entering the MBA program offered through the College of Business may take the CLEP and DSST to fulfill prerequisite requirements. Please see the MBA Admission web page for more information.

You may be charged a sitting fee at the time of your test. Contact Testing Services to ask about fees.

More information is available at Testing Services. Call (573) 651-2836, e-mail us at testingservices@semo.edu or visit us in Kent Library, 1st Floor Room 108.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations are given to high school students. For information about the Advanced Placement program, check out the College Board’s website at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html. To ensure proper credit for AP courses, please have score reports directed to Southeast Missouri State University.

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CLEP - College Level Examination Program

The CLEP exams for which Southeast awards course credit are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Most exams are 90 minutes. Please check the Credit by Examination section in the Bulletin for course credit and required scores. CLEP exams are given by appointment. Please contact Testing Services at (573) 651-2836 to make an appointment. You will be charged a sitting fee at the time of yoru test.

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CPS - Certified Professional Secretary Examination

The Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) and/or Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) ratings are earned through successful completion of the CPS and/or CAP exam. To earn the CPS and/or CAP rating, clerical employees study a wide variety of material and expand their knowledge in the field of office administration. This training equips them to effectively handle a broader array of problems, to initiate charge, and to develop innovative ideas.

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DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Test) Exams

The DSST exams for which Southeast awards course credit are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Please check the Credit by Examination section in the Bulletin for course credit and required scores. Exams for active military and their spouses may be free of charge. Visit GetCollegeCredit.com for more information. You will be charged a sitting fee at the time of your test.

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Departmental Examination

Each test is roughly equivalent to a two-hour final examination. Departmental Exams are given by appointment. Please contact Testing Services at (573) 651-2836. You will be charged a sitting fee at the time of your test.

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International Baccalaureate Organizations (IB)

Students who attended an International Baccalaureate High School may be eligible for college credit. Credit is awarded for Higher Level (HL) courses. To ensure proper credit for IB courses, please have score reports directed to Southeast. See Undergraduate Bulletin for score criteria.

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Contact

573.651.2836
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testingservices@semo.edu
Kent Library Room 108
Testing Services
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701