Credit by Exam

Students at HCC can earn as many as 45 credits by examinations or combination of examinations and other non-traditional credits towards the degree requirements.

Exam credit may be earned through nationally normed testing programs including AP, CLEP, IBO, DSST, and Excelsior College for courses offered at Harford Community College. Exams are reviewed by the appropriate HCC faculty and the minimum scores and course equivalencies approved. Students must meet the minimum score required at the time of submission to Registration & Records. In addition, HCC students may earn division exam credit for the satisfactory completion (70%) of tests developed by faculty members for some HCC courses.

  • Advanced Placement (AP), a College Board program, and International Baccalaureate (IBO) exams are available annually to qualifying high school students. Complete list of accepted AP and IBO exams and scores can be found at the following CBET Table. Official score reports must be sent directly to Registration & Records to receive credit for qualifying scores.
  • CLEP and DSST computer-based exams are available to both current HCC students and non-HCC students. Harford Community College abides by the American Council on Education (ACE) score recommendations. The Test Center is an approved test site for these exams. For the complete list of HCC accepted CLEP and DSST exams and testing requirements, contact the Test Center.
  • Division exams are available to current HCC students. The Test Center is the test site for these exams. For the complete list of HCC approved Division exams and testing requirements, contact the Test Center.
  • The Excelsior College exam for Abnormal Psychology is accepted by HCC. No other Excelsior College exams are currently accepted. The Test Center is not a test site for Excelsior exams.

Exam credit is posted to the student’s transcript upon successful completion of any 3-credit course taken in attendance at HCC.