Credit by Examination

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Students can choose to take or may have already taken select exams or tests that can qualify them for college credit without taking a college class.

Students should keep in mind there is typically a cost per exam, and each exam has a minimum or specific score that must be met to earn college credit.

Click each tab below to learn about exams and subject areas, along with minimum or specific scores Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will review and accept.

AP

High school students can choose to take or may have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses. At the end of the AP course, an exam can be taken to determine whether college credit can be awarded for the completed course.

Students must earn a minimum test score per subject to earn college credit. Review the AP score chart to learn what minimum score is needed per subject. <insert minimum score chart – website link in multiple measures chart is “not found.”>

If you completed an AP course in high school, be sure to have your AP scores sent to COTC for review to be awarded college credit. To request AP test scores be sent to COTC, visit: <insert website link>.

CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is available to any student and provides an opportunity for students to test out of entry level college courses in select subject areas.

Review the COTC CLEP Exam Chart to learn what minimum test score is needed in which subject areas.

If you have completed a CLEP exam, your test score(s) must be sent to COTC for review to be awarded credit. To request CLEP exam scores be sent to COTC, visit <insert info>.

DSST

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are available to any student and provide an opportunity for students to test out of entry level college courses. DANTES provides upfront funding of DSST test fees, for the first attempt on all exam titles, for eligible military members. Military members can visit a Department of Defense (DoD) webpage to review eligibility.  

Review the COTC DSST Exam Chart to learn what score is needed to earn college credit for select courses.

If you have completed a DSST exam, your test score(s) must be sent to COTC for review to be awarded credit. To request DSST exam scores be sent to COTC, visit <insert info>.

IB

International Baccalaureate (IB) exams can be taken to earn college credit.

COTC accepts IB scores in the subject areas of math and English. Review the IB Exam Chart to see which college-level math and English course COTC will award credit for based on a minimum IB exam score.

If you have completed an IB exam, your test score(s) must be sent to COTC for review to be awarded credit. To request IB exam scores be sent to COTC, visit <insert info>.