If you obtained college-level learning in a particular subject area you may be able to take an exam to fulfill the credit requirement in your NOVA degree or certificate program. CLEP and DSST offer multiple-choice exams in a number of general education, business and foreign language areas. Credit for these exams is applied to your program as transfer credit and does not effect your GPA. A full list of the available exams and their NOVA equivalent courses can be found in the CPL Manual (Section 3).
Exams are not available for all NOVA courses. If you are planning to transfer to a four-year school, please check their transfer credit acceptance policies before pursuing credit by exam. Visit the CLEP and DSST websites for more information about these exams and to purchase practice tests and study guides. You must pay for the cost of the exam (approximately $80) and pay NOVA a $75 testing fee for each exam you take. There is no charge to transcript CLEP or DSST credit to your NOVA account.