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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. Successful completion of the exam will result in a nationally recognized industry certification. Exams currently available through CNM are listed below by the academic school, course, and exam name. Click on the name of the academic school to find out all exams offered by them. Click on the name of the exam to find out more or to register for the exam.

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.

Please review the CNM DSST Policy to find out which exams are accepted by CNM and will earn you credit.

To receive credit for a DSST exam that you have already taken, please visit the DSST website and select the appropriate transcript. Have your transcript sent directly to the CNM Records Office at the following address:

Central NM Community College

Attn: Records Office

525 Buena Vista Dr. S.E.

Albuquerque, NM 87106

 

CNM Ingenuity, Inc. will start offering DSST testing at the WORKforce Training Center, soon!

 

International Baccalaureate

CNM grants students credit for successful completion of many International Baccalaureate Program exams. Please see the CNM IB Policy to find out which ones you may be able to earn credit.

To request credit for successfully completing an IB Program exam, have your transcripts sent directly to the CNM Records Office at the following address:

Central NM Community College

Attn: Records Office

525 Buena Vista Dr. S.E.

Albuquerque, NM 87106

 

If you are getting ready to complete your IB Program, you can request that your transcripts be sent directly to CNM from the IB Program Coordinator of the school where you are taking it. If you already completed the exam, please order your transcripts from the IB Program and have them sent directly to the CNM Records Office.