Credit by Exam | Webster University

Credit by Exam

Webster University awards college credit for previous learning experiences that may fall outside of traditional transfer credit earned through another college or university.  The University follows recommendations put forward by the American Council on Education (ACE) for corporate and military training.

Webster also provides options for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), where students document learning achieved through nonacademic experiences, most often through a formal portfolio. More information is available on the PLA website, or you can inquire with your admissions counselor or academic advisor.

Prior Learning Assessment


The University also awards college credit for passing test scores on various exams such as CLEP, DSST, Excelsior College Exams, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other designated 13th year international credentials.

The following general policies apply for credit earned through external credit by exam:

  • A maximum of 32 credit hours will be awarded for first-year work earned through any combination of International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), Austrian Matura, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Netherlands VWO, Swiss Maturite, and other designated 13th year programs normally completed prior to enrollment at a University.
  • A maximum of 64 credit hours will be awarded for standardized tests (CLEP, DSST, Excelsior College Exams, Global Assessment Certificate), as this credit is normally designated as lower division.
  • Duplicate coursework is not permitted.
  • Credit awarded through exams does not affect a student's GPA.
  • Credit awarded through external exams does not count toward the University's residency requirement.
  • Degree-seeking students at Webster should speak with their academic advisor to discuss how the credit may apply toward degree requirements.

Click on the appropriate link below for policy and/or equivalencies for the selected exam or credential.