UExcel Exams—Excelsior College Exams

UExcel Exams—Excelsior College Exams
Limited Transfer

UExcel exams (credit by exam) let you earn credit by exam rather than by taking a course that requires you to complete assignments and take multiple tests on a schedule. You don’t have to enroll in a degree program at Excelsior College to take UExcel exams.

FORMERLY ACE:  These credits are no longer “ACE evaluated” and now are considered institutional challenge exams.  This should improve the transferability slightly, though this is not the same as having earned credit from a college course, so your mileage may vary.

Student A takes Excelsior’s General Chemistry 1 course:  CHE101
Student B takes UExcel General Chemistry 1 exam:  CHEx101
The addition of an “x” indicates that this is a “challenge exam” and thus is distinguished from a regular course and therefore subject to more scrutiny.

BIGGEST BENEFIT:  the biggest benefit found in this resource is the number of upper-level options available.  In other words, you should consider using an UExcel when you are looking for 300 and 400 level credit, especially for a business or bachelor of nursing degree.

UNIQUE FEATURE: unlike most credit-by-exam options, UExcel exams award a letter grade. Letter grades become part of your regular college transcript and will impact the GPA.

UExcel Exams:  $110 each

From the UExcel website:  When you’re ready to sign up for the exam you want to take, check the academic calendar and choose the term in which you want to take your exam. You don’t have to be enrolled in a degree program to register for UExcel exams.

Use the link on individual exam pages to start the registration process. You can pay for your exam by credit card or payment plan. You’ll receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter in your MyExcelsior message center within 48 hours with instructions about how to schedule your exam and what you need to bring with you when you take it.

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.

Questions? Call Excelsior College 888-647-2388 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm ET)

Excelsior College has published FREE test-prep guides for most of their exams.  Access online pdf guides here.

Abnormal Psychology (upper-level)*

Adult Nursing (upper-level)

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology I

Anatomy and Physiology II

Basic Genetics

Bioethics: Philosophical Issues (upper-level)*

Business Ethics (upper-level)

Business Information Systems

Business Law


College Writing

Contemporary Mathematics

Cultural Diversity (upper-level)*

Earth Science

English Composition

Ethics: Theory & Practice (upper-level)*

Financial Accounting

Foundations of Gerontology (upper-level)

General Chemistry I

Human Resource Management (upper-level)

Interpersonal Communication

Computer Programming Using Java

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Introduction to Microeconomics

Introduction to Music

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Sociology

Juvenile Delinquency (upper-level)*

Labor Relations (upper-level)*

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Literacy Instruction Elementary (upper-level)

Managerial Accounting

Maternal and Child Nursing (upper-level)


Operations Management (upper-level)

Organizational Behavior (upper-level)

Pathophysiology (upper-level)


Political Science

PreCalculus Algebra

Principles of Finance (upper-level)

Principles of Marketing

Principles of Management

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (upper-level)

Psychology of Adulthood & Aging (upper-level)

Research Methods in Psychology (upper-level)*

Quantitative Analysis (upper-level)*

Science of Nutrition

Social Psychology (upper-level)*

Spanish Language


Weather and Climate

Workplace Communication

World Conflicts Since 1900 (upper-level)*

World Population (upper-level)*

*Courses that are both upper-level AND liberal arts are a rare find for alternative credits or testing out of a class! 

Excelsior College sells practice exams for most of their tests ($35) available on their website.