UExcel Exams—Excelsior College Exams
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.
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
Bioethics: Philosophical Issues (upper-level)*
Business Ethics (upper-level)
Business Information Systems
Cultural Diversity (upper-level)*
Ethics: Theory & Practice (upper-level)*
Foundations of Gerontology (upper-level)
General Chemistry I
Human Resource Management (upper-level)
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)
Maternal and Child Nursing (upper-level)
Operations Management (upper-level)
Organizational Behavior (upper-level)
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)*
Weather and Climate
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.