How Credit By Exam Works

Earning credit by exam requires you to embark on a period of supported, disciplined self study to gain knowledge of a specific subject.

After you choose the exam you want to take for credit, you’ll refer to a free exam content guide that outlines exactly what’s covered in the exam, where you can find learning materials, and how your test questions will be structured.

After you register for an exam, you’ll have access to learning resources and can sign up for practice exams. When you’re ready, you’ll take your exam at a Pearson VUE test center.

OnVUE, Pearson VUE’s online delivery and proctoring service, is now available for UExcel exams *except for* College Writing, English Composition, Introduction to Music, and Spanish Language. These exams require you to write essays or listen to audio files, so they can only be taken at a Pearson testing center. The on-line option is *not* available.

Choose Your Exam


Choose your exam, then review what you need to learn. Use reference materials and the content of the exam, outlined in your exam’s content guide, to create your study plan. Learn how to prepare.


Check the academic calendar and choose the term in which you want to take your exam. Then register and pay online or by phone at 888-647-2388. You’ll be prompted to create a MyExcelsior account if you don’t already have one.


Take a self-test with sample exam questions in your content guide. If you want, you can check your readiness by signing up for practice exams (available for most UExcel exams).


Within 48 hours after you register, an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter will be posted in your MyExcelsior message center that explains how to schedule your exam online or by calling 888-926-9488.

Pearson charges a test administration fee when you schedule your appointment to test. Additional fees apply for phone transactions (scheduling, rescheduling, and canceling). Visit the Pearson website for the current fee structure.


On the day of your exam, bring your required forms of ID to the Pearson VUE Testing Center or follow the instructions on your screen, for remote proctoring. For multiple-choice examinations, your results will be generated immediately, while extended response (essay) exam results require a wait of up to 45 business days. Visit the Pearson VUE website to take a tutorial on testing at a center or remotely.