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Experience For Credit

You've worked hard and know your industry well. Now, you want a degree to prove it, but you're not really interested in sitting in classes to "learn" what you already know. We get that!

At Delta, your experience counts. We’ll give you credit for it. 


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    Credit-by-Exam

    With Credit-by-Examination, you take a test at Delta’s Testing Center and, if you pass, you get the credit or waive the class. It’s pretty straightforward. 

    Complete the Registration form (PDF)

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    College-Level Examination Program

    How would you like to get college credit for what you already know? The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to earn credit for 33 college subject examinations and speed up your education.

    Register with collegeboard

Ways to earn your credit

Advanced placement (AP)

View the listing of all Advance Placement Examinations accepted at Delta College for further information.

Important note:  Delta College Records and Registration must receive official "College Grade Report" directly from The College Board: Advance Placement Program before Delta's course equivalent credit is posted on a student's transcript. AP score(s) must be equal to or higher than the minimum score listed for the examination.

For College Grade Reports call or write:

Advance Placement Program
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone:  1-888-225-5427
www.collegeboard.org

Be sure to include:

  • Name (At time of test)
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Where scores are to be sent
Fees

Less than four years since test - $15
Four or more years since test - $25

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)  

How to register

  1. Create an account with College Board.
  2. Select the exam and pay $85 examination fee directly to College Board.
  3. Complete the Delta College Testing Center Services Request form, including a $35 administration fee payable directly to Delta College; non-refundable and non-transferable.
  4. Return the form to testingcenter@delta.edu.
  5. Upon receipt of above, you will be contacted to schedule your appointment and to receive last minute instructions. 
  6. Arrive on time for your appointment, and bring your CLEP ticket with you.

Certain members of the U.S. Armed Services, veterans, their spouses, and civilian employees may be eligible for DANTES funding to take a CLEP exam. Proper Military ID is required on the day of testing. All DANTES eligible service members will be required to pay Delta College's administrative fee of $35, or $25 for active military.

Credit-by-Examination (CBE)

 Before registering

  • Credits earned through Credit-by-Exam will not transfer to other colleges or universities.
  • You may not be currently enrolled in the class, nor have taken it previously. 
  • Credit-by-Examinations receive a pass/fail. You will not receive a grade. If you choose the credit option, credits will be posted to your transcript.
  • Some courses require prerequisites. Refer to the current Delta College catalog to determine if you have met the prerequisites before registering for an exam. 
  • View all classes that offer a Credit-by-Exam.
How to register
  1. Complete the Delta College Credit-by-Exam registration form. Fees are $50.00 per credit hour, or $35.00 for a waiver.  Fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable.
  2. Upon receipt of above, you will be contacted to schedule your appointment and to receive last minute instructions.  
  3. Arrive on time for your appointment.
Credit-by-Portfolio

With Credit-By-Portfolio, you get college credit for related work experience equivalent to that taught in the classroom. There is a submission process (along with a $50 per credit hour fee). Not every subject can be taken by Credit-By-Portfolio, but if successful, the earned credits are recorded on your transcript and are applied to your Delta degree.

You only get one shot, but if you can show you know what’s taught in the class, it’s a good way to gain credit and save quite a bit of cash.

Also, you can only earn 38 total credits from Credit-By-Portfolio. The rest? You need to get those in the classroom.

Please contact your program of study for Credit-by-Portfolio options and information on how to register.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (Dantes/DSST)

DANTES exams are designed to help active military members and veterans pursue their educational goals and earn degrees during and after their service.

How to register
  1. Complete the request form, including a $35 administration fee payable directly to Delta College; nonrefundable and non-transferable.
  2. Return the form to testingcenter@delta.edu.
  3. Upon receipt of above, you will be contacted to schedule your appointment and to receive last minute instructions.  
Test day
  1. Please arrive on time for your scheduled exam.
  2. Please be sure to bring a credit card with you. You will pay the vendor at the time of testing.

Certain members of the U.S. Armed Services, veterans, their spouses, and civilian employees may be eligible for DANTES funding to take a CLEP exam. Proper Military ID is required on the day of testing. All DANTES eligible service members will be required to pay Delta College's administrative fee of $35, or $25 for active military.

SUCCESS TIP: Gets lots of sleep and eat a healthy meal beforehand

It's true, getting a lot of sleep the night before you take a test will help you do better. And, making sure you have a good healthy meal will help too. No one functions well when they're tired and hungry.

The Delta College Testing Center is certified by the National College Testing Association (NCTA). We follow all NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines.