Credit for Standardized Exams

Earn college credit toward your degree or certificate by taking a standardized exam

Industry Certification Exams

Students may earn credit by taking an industry certification exam. Please contact the administrative office of the CNM School that owns the course of interest for more information or to submit a request to take an industry certification exam. Exams currently available are listed below by school, course, and exam name.

Business & Information Technology

Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students may earn credit through Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Earned AP and CLEP credit will be treated as transfer credit and show up as a grade of "TR" on the student's transcript.

CLEP exams offer students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they may already know. CLEP offers credit for a variety of Math, Science & Engineering, Foreign Languages, Communication, Business, Humanities & Social Sciences courses to enrolled students. CLEP scores are good for 20 years.

Students who would like more information or wish to take a CLEP exam need to visit the CNM Assessment Center to fill out a registration form. Upon registration, a receipt will be issued for the non-refundable CNM administration fee payable at the cashiers' office. The CLEP exam fee is due on the day of exam. Checks or money orders made payable to CLEP are also accepted. You must have a photo I.D. If you are repeating an exam you must wait six months. CLEP exams that are repeated within 6 months of the test date will have the scores cancelled and test fees forfeited. For more information, contact CNM Assessment Center.

DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

Students may earn credit for successfully passing DSST Exams. The following DSST exams have been found equivalent to the CNM course listed next to it. Students that meet CNM CPL requirements and provide proof of a passing score will be granted course credit for those courses. A minimum score of 400 is required to receive credit. Credit will only be awarded for DSST exams taken since 2008. DSST scores are accepted up to 10 years. DSST exams taken prior to 2008 will not be accepted.

DSST Exam Name:

CNM course for which you will receive credit:

Credit hours awarded:


ASTR 1110 - Introduction to Stellar and Galactic Astronomy


Business Ethics & Society

BA 2281 - Business Ethics


Computing & Information Technology

IT 1010 - Computer Concepts and Software Applications


Criminal Justice

CJ 1001 - Introduction to Criminal Justice


Environmental Science

BIO 1110 - Environmental Science


Fundamentals of College Algebra

MATH 1310 - Intermediate Algebra


Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

CIS 2670 - Computer Security+


General Anthropology

ANTH 1101 - Introduction to Anthropology


Human Resource Management

BA 2238 - Human Resource Management


Human/Cultural Geography

GEOG 1102 - Cultural Geography


Introduction to Business

BA 1101 - Introduction to Business


Introduction to World Religions

RLGN 1107 - Living World Religions


Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1320 - A Survey of Mathematics


Organizational Behavior

BA 2234 - Organizational Behavior


Personal Finance

FIN 1010 - Financial Literacy Complete


Principles of Finance

FIN 2210 - Finance


Principles of Physical Science I

SCIE 8000 - Physical Science Elective


Principles of Statistics

MATH 1330 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics


Principals of Supervision

BA 2133 - Principals of Management


The following DSST exams are not equivalent to courses taught at CNM and are therefore, not accepted by CNM for credit award.

A History of the Vietnam War

Art of the Western World

Business Mathematics

Ethics in America

Foundations of Education

Fundamentals of Counseling

Health and Human Development

History of the Soviet Union

Introduction to Law Enforcement

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Management Information Systems

Money and Banking

Principles of Advanced English Composition

Principles of Public Speaking

Substance Abuse

Technical Writing

The Civil War and Reconstruction