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National Standardized Placement Tests

You may earn college credit through certain standardized testing. Upon receiving a satisfactory score, you may earn college credit. For more assistance on what types of exams Arapahoe Community College accepts, please contact the ACC Graduation and Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator at 303.797.5630.

To schedule a CLEP, DSST, UExcel exam and/or for fee information, please contact the ACC Testing Center at 303.797.5993.

If you have taken one of the standardized exams listed below at another location, order an official transcript/score report and have it sent to ACC for evaluation: Arapahoe Community College, Attention Records and Enrollment Services, Campus Box 14, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 9002, Littleton, CO 80160.

View a list of accepted scores for:

  • CLEP Exams (ACC courses are listed as CCCS)
  • DSST Exams
  • UExcel Excelsior College Exams
  • AP (Advanced Placement) Exams

Articulated Courses

If you have stopped out of college, the Alternative Credit Project (ACP) provides a pool of online courses that Arapahoe Community College (ACC) will accept towards your degree (with some restrictions). ACC may accept these ACP courses as transfer credits if they are required in your ACC degree or certificate. 

*All ACE credit recommendations are eligible for evaluation for credit at ACC. If you don't see your course on this list, records [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (contact us) to learn about our ACE evaluation process.

Course Title Provider ACE Code ACC Course ACC Course Name Credit
Accounting I Straighterline ACPE-0086 ACC 121 Accounting Principles I 4
Accounting II Pearson ACPE-0087 ACC 122 Accounting Principles II 4
Accounting II Straighterline ACPE-0088 ACC 122 Accounting Principles II 4
Intro to Financial Accounting Saylor ACPE-0113 ACC 101 Fundamentals of Accounting  3
Managerial Accounting Ed4Online ACPE-0117 ACC 226 Cost Accounting 3
Principles of Accounting 1 Ed4Online ACPE-0132 ACC 121 Accounting Principles I 4
Principles of Accounting 2 Ed4Online ACPE-0133 ACC 122 Accounting Principles II 4
Anatomy and Physiology Pearson ACPE-0090 BIO 106 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4
Introduction to Art History Sophia ACPE-0105 ART 110 Art Appreciation (May use for either ART 110 or ART 111 & ART 112 but not all 3) 3
Introduction to Art History Sophia ACPE-0105 ART 111 and 112 Art History: Ancient / Medieval, and Art History: Renaissance / 1900 (May use for either ART 110 or ART 111 and 112 but not all 3) 6
Introduction to Business Saylor ACPE-0107 BUS 115 Introduction to Business 3
Introduction to Business Straighterline ACPE-0108 BUS 115 Introduction to Business 3
Business Law Pearson ACPE-0097 BUS 216 Legal Environment of Business (may use for BUS 216 or BUS 218 but not both) 3
Business Law Pearson ACPE-0097 BUS 218 Legal Environment of Business II (may use for BUS 216 or BUS 218 but not both) 3
Business Law Straighterline ACPE-0098 BUS 218 Legal Environment of Business II 3
Introduction to Business Information Systems Pearson ACPE-0109 CIS 267 Mgmt of Information Systems 3
Business Communication Straighterline ACPE-0009 COM 105 Career Communication 3
Corporate Communication Saylor ACPE-0006 BUS 217 Business Comm/Report Writing (earns both COM 105 and BUS 217 credit) 3
English Composition Pearson ACPE-0003 CCR 091 Composition and Reading Lab 1
English Composition Straighterline ACPE-0026 ENG 122 English Composition II  3
Business Communication Straighterline ACPE-0009 COM 105 Career Communication 3
Human Resource Management Ed4Online ACPE-0102 MAN 200 Human Resource Management I 3
Human Resource Management Pearson ACPE-0104 MAN 200 Human Resource Management I 3
Principles of Management Pearson ACPE-0122 MAN 226 Principles of Management 3
Principles of Management Saylor ACPE-0123 MAN 226 Principles of Management 3
Principles of Management Straighterline ACPE-0124 MAN 226 Principles of Management 3
Project Management Sophia ACPE-0128 MAN 241 Project Mgmt in Organizations 3
Business Management Ed4Online ACPE-0135 MAN 226 Principles of Management 3
Organizational Behavior Pearson ACPE-0120 MAN 215 Organizational Behavior 3
Organizational Behavior Straighterline ACPE-0121 MAN 215 Organizational Behavior 3
College Algebra Saylor ACPE-0016 MAT 050 Quantitative Literacy 4
College Algebra Straighterline ACPE-0018 MAT121 College Algebra 4
Calculus I Saylor ACPE-0015 MAT 201 Calculus I 5
Pre-Calculus Straighterline ACPE-0019 MAT 166 Pre-Calculus 5
General Calculus I Straighterline ACPE-0040 MAT 201 Calculus I  5
General Calculus II Straighterline ACPE-0041 MAT 202 Calculus II 5
Introduction to Statistics  Saylor ACPE-0017 MAT 135 Intro to Statistics 3
General Physics Straighterline ACPE-0038 PHY 211 Physics Calc-Based with Lab (requires both ACPE-0038 and ACPE-0039 for credit) 5
General Physics Lab Straighterline ACPE-0039   Required with ACPE-0038 to earn PHY 211  
Spanish I Straighterline ACPE-0129 SPA 111 Spanish Language I 5
Spanish II Straighterline ACPE-0130 SPA 112 Spanish Language II  5
Professional and Career Development Ed4Online ACPE-0051 MAR 106 Marketing Your Image 3
Student Success Pearson ACPE-0054 AAA 101 College 101: Student Experience 1
Student Success Straighterline ACPE-0064 AAA 109 Advanced Academic Achievement 3

 

Institutional Challenge Exams

Institutional Challenge Exams are faculty-developed tests. They assess your mastery of the competencies for the ACC course being taught. For more information about Institutional Challenge Exams, please contact the ACC Graduation and Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator at 303.797.5630.

We currently offer challenge exams for:

  • Biology
    • BIO 201 and 202
  • Chemistry
    • CHE 111
  • Computer Aided-Drafting
    • CAD 115
    • EGT 205
  • Computer Information Systems
    • All 100 level courses
  • Computer Networking
    • All 100 level courses
  • Early Childhood Education
    • ECE 111
  • Health Information Technology 
    • HIT 101, 220/221, 231
    • HPR 178
  • Mathematics
    • MAT 050, 055, 103, 108, 120, 121, 122, 125, 135, 155, 156, 166, 201, 202, 203, 204, 255, 261, 265
  • Medical Office Technology 
    • MOT 136
  • Multimedia, Graphic Design
    • MGD 111, 112, 114

Institutional Challenge Exams are the way ACC abides by Colorado Revised Statutes 23-1-125 , which requires public institutions of higher education to offer students an option for testing out of core courses.

Published Guides (including military)

Published guides contain credit recommendations made by reputable third party organizations for certain trainings and / or credentials. Approved published guides include the American Council on Education (ACE), National Guide to College Credit for Workplace Training, the ACE Military Guide, and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).

Additionally, credit for learning gained in the U.S. military (if applicable to a student’s declared degree or certificate at ACC) is generally transferred based upon ACE credit recommendations found on a Joint Service Transcript (JST) for current or former Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy personnel. Air Force personnel will have their credit documented on a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript.

To be evaluated for possible credit, you should order your official transcript from the provider (JST, CCAF) or third party organization (ACE, NCCRS, etc.) and have it sent directly from the issuing organization to ACC for evaluation: Arapahoe Community College, Attention: Records, Campus Box 14, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 9002, Littleton, CO 80160.

Portfolio Assessment

Knowledge and skills acquired through work and lifelong learning may be evaluated and validated through a formal portfolio assessment process.

For more information about portfolio assessment please contact the ACC Graduation and Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator at 303.797.5630.

Industry and Workplace Credit

ACC may evaluate non-collegiate instructional programs that result in industry certification, professional licensure, apprenticeship completion, and other workplace skills development. Faculty subject-matter experts will evaluate the prior learning and identify if the learning warrants the awarding of credit.

At ACC, our most recognized industry certifications for credit are:

Professional Licensure / Certification Applied to ACC Degree Number of Credits Awarded Courses Considered Satisfied
AAPC Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC) AAS - Health Information Technology 13

HIT 220, HIT 221, HIT 231, and HIT 241

AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) AAS - Health Information Technology 6

HIT 105 and HIT 241

AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) AAS - Health Information Technology 13

HIT 220, HIT 221, HIT 231, and HIT 241

AutoCAD AAS - Engineering Graphics Technologies, Certificates - Computer Aided Drafting 6

CAD 101, CAD 102

Child Development Associate (CDA) AA - Early Childhood Teacher Transfer degree, Certificate - Early Childhood Education (all) 3

ECE 101

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) AAS - Computer Network Technology 10

CNG 260 and CNG 261

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) AAS - Computer Network Technology 20 CNG 260, CNG 261, CNG 262 and CNG 263
CompTIA A+ AAS - Computer Network Technology 8

CNG 121 and CNG 122

CompTIA Cloud+ AAS - Computer Network Technology 3

CNG 142

CompTIA Linux+ AAS - Computer Network Technology, AAS - Computer Information Systems 3

CIS 223

CompTIA Network+ AAS - Computer Network Technology 6

CNG 124 and CNG 125

CompTIA PenTest+ AAS - Computer Network Technology 3

CNG 256

CompTIA Project+ AAS - Computer Network Technology, AAS - Computer Information Systems 3

CIS 202

CompTIA Security+ AAS - Computer Network Technology 3 CNG 132
Google IT Support Professional AAS - Computer Information Systems 6

CIS 115, CIS 128

Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program Certificate - Medical Assistant 24

HPR 106, HPR 178, MAP 110, MOT 125, MOT 133, MOT 135, MOT 136, and MAP 150

NREMT - Paramedic AAS - Paramedicine 45

EMS 225, EMS 226, EMS 227, EMS 228, EMS 229, EMS 230, EMS 231, EMS 232, EMS 233, EMS 234, EMS 235, EMS 236, EMS 237, EMS 280, and EMS 281

OSHA 10 General Industry AAS - Mechatronics Engineering Technology 1

OSH 117

Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) AAS - Law Enforcement 40

LEA 101, LEA 102, LEA 103, LEA 104, LEA 105, LEA 106, LEA 107, LEA 108, PED 110, and PED 102

Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) AAS - Criminal Justice 18

LEA 101 and LEA 102


For more information about the evaluation of this type of non-collegiate instruction please contact the ACC Graduation and Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator. You may also take the Colorado Prior Learning Questionnaire to see if you may be eligible for credit for your experience.

Costs

Costs

Challenge Exam:

Credits

Charge / credit

Total

1

$45.00

$45.00

2

$45.00

$90.00

3

$45.00

$135.00

4

$45.00

$180.00

5

$45.00

$225.00

Portfolio:

Credits

Charge / credit

Total

1

$65.00

$65.00

2

$65.00

$130.00

3

$65.00

$190.00

4

$65.00

$255.00

5

$65.00

$320.00

Cert / Licensure:

Credits

Charge

1

$75.00

2

$75.00

3

$75.00

4

$75.00

5

$75.00