Proficiency exams (CLEP, AP, DSST)


The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national standardized testing program that can be taken by students who believe they have academic strength in examination areas. Lewis University students may take examinations for approved courses in Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Foreign Languages, and Business.

CLEP tests are administered at testing centers around the country. Access for further information. General education credit is awarded for passing scores in the tests designated in the Lewis University Undergraduate Catalog. Click here for a list of approved courses and current required scores.

These credits are not graded, do not apply to the Lewis GPA, and do not fulfill the residency requirement or entrance requirements for SGPCE programs. CLEP/AP/DSST tests taken prior to entry at the University are posted to the transcript without charge.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board provides examinations in 26 different fields. Students earning a grade of three, four or five on selected AP examinations will be granted equivalent college credit. AP credit is evaluated through the Office of Admission. AP exams are listed in the Lewis University Undergraduate Catalog. Upon receipt of an AP exam score, a letter will be sent to inform the student applicant if he/she is receiving AP credit at Lewis. Those receiving AP credit will receive an evaluation explaining how the credit is applied to Lewis' General Education Curriculum. AP scores should be reported to the Office of Admission within the first semester of enrollment at Lewis.


DSST exams are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) and offer subject-level exams in 38 areas. These exams are typically funded for active-duty military and their spouses, but can also be completed by adult learners, homeschooled students, and military veterans. Further information can be obtained at the following website: DSST credits do not apply toward the residency or entrance requirements for SGPCE programs, and quality points do not apply toward the Lewis GPA.