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Master List of College Credit

This list includes all the ways your teen can earn college credit in high school.

No matter their age, grade, state, or ability level, your teen can earn college credit!

Each link on this list will open to the HS4CC guide for earning that type of credit.

About the Types

My ranking system allows you to predict credit acceptance when you don’t know your teen’s target college(s). These types are general guidelines, and can help you make informed decisions. If your teen DOES know their target college, then disregard this ranking and simply ask the college directly.

NOTE: colleges will generally not pre-approve credits or courses or exams for prospective students but many colleges publish lists of acceptable sources of credit that they will accept.

Example: If you already know your target college a does not accept CLEP credit by exam (Type 2), it is safe to assume they will not accept anything lower than CLEP but may accept higher types.

Type 1: RA Graded Credit (Excellent Transferability)

Regionally Accredited (RA) Graded Credit has the highest level of transferability and acceptance. These credits result in a letter grade on a college transcript. Credit options in this section are solidly transferable into colleges that accept transfer credit.

Type 2: Credit by Exam (Good Transferability)

Credit by exam programs are standardized tests written and administered by a company (not college) that assess college-level knowledge in various subjects. Credit by exam tests are not “textbook specific” so you can prepare using any material you like. Credit earned by exam is considered “potential” college credit until it is accepted by a college.

Type 3: ACE Credit (Limited Transferability)

Type 4: NCCRS Credit (Very Limited Transferability)

The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) is a third party credit evaluator that evaluates learning that occurs outside of a college. Only when a provider has a partnership with a college should this college credit be considered transferable. Unlike ACE/Credly, NCCRS college credit is held directly with the provider. HS4CC List of NCCRS Partners

Type 5: Special Transfer

Credits in this section usually have very specific procedures to follow, limitations, or are part of a special relationship. This is a unique category for credit types that don’t fit well into the other groups.

Type 6: Not Recommended

These programs /companies/products are currently NOT recommended for any one of many reasons, including but not limited to: program discontinued, business closed, loss of credit recommendation, loss of partnerships, misrepresentation or errors with credit transfer, etc.

Another Way to Find College Credit: by Subject

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