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.

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

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations are given to high school students. Credit for Advanced Placement Examinations will be granted for each examination, which receives a score of 3 or above. Exceptions are listed with the specific subject test. For information about the Advanced Placement program, check out the College Board’s website at

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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 for 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.

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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

These exams are administered online at Southeast Missouri State University. The cost of the exam is $100. Two separate payments are required, $80 that must be paid by credit card to DSST and $20 to Southeast Missouri State University,payable by cash, check or credit card. Active military personnel, veterans and military spouses may be eligible for DANTES-funded exams. Please contact DANTES at (850) 452-1063 for questions regarding an individual’s eligibility, or view their web site at:

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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.

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International Baccalaureate Organizations (IB)

International Baccalaureate Organizations (IB) is a recognized leader in the field of international education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. IB is international in scope with over 700 member schools currently in the program. For more information on their programs, please visit their website at

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