Ashford University recognizes the uniqueness of each student's experience and realizes that learning takes place in a variety of environments. Ashford has corporate agreements with the following organizations to transfer your previous credits with ease:
In addition to recognizing credit from other organizations, Ashford accepts previous credits earned from any of the following avenues:
Berlitz Language Evaluation
Earn additional credits through the Berlitz Language Evaluation. By passing the Berlitz Language Evaluation, you may earn up to 18 approved credits toward a Bachelor's degree, depending upon your level of language proficiency. Learn more about the Berlitz Language Evaluation.
Your military training is of great value. You may be eligible to transfer up to 75 approved military credits to Ashford, where your military experience is honored. Ashford will request your Joint Services Transcript (JST) on your behalf. Find out more about military benefits.
Prior Learning Assessment
Convert your work and life experience into transfer credits. From formal and informal work training, continuing education programs, workshops, and other sources, earn credit by documenting that learning. You may be eligible to transfer up to 30 approved credits toward a Bachelor's degree or up to 15 approved credits toward an Associate's degree through Ashford University's PLA Center. For more information, download the PLA Documentation Guide (1.5MB) and the PLA Student Handbook (1.7MB).
Earn credit for what you already know through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Use these credits to satisfy requirements in your undergraduate program.
Demonstrate knowledge in your field of study with DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). If you successfully pass or have already passed a DSST, completion of your undergraduate degree may be closer than you think
Note: The transferability of credits is subject to Ashford University transfer credit policies, and requires the submission of official transcripts. The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine which credits will officially apply toward an Ashford University degree program.
Ashford University CLEP Test Administration Policy
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know. Students can earn qualifying scores on computerized CLEP examinations. Each institution sets its own CLEP policy regarding how much credit it will grant and for which exams.
Ashford University is a participating university in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP provides students of any age the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of examinations in undergraduate college courses. The University follows the policies for CLEP testing established by the Educational Testing Service. CLEP examinations are administered per individual request throughout the year.
Students may not repeat an examination within 180 days (6 months) of the testing date.
Ashford University charges $90 for each exam taken at our location, $77 for the test, and a $13 proctoring fee. Typically, students pay the $77 test fee by personal credit card, and pay the $13 proctoring fee by cash or check. However, test fees may be paid in any combination of credit card, check, money order, or cash. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Ashford University CLEP.
Payment must be made prior to students taking the exam.
Note: Ashford University is a military-friendly testing site and will accept DANTES-funded candidates.
Which Test Should I Take?
For questions regarding the right CLEP exam for you, please speak with your Academic Advisor first. Campus students, please direct your questions to your Faculty Academic Advisor. The list of available CLEP exams appears below.
Ashford University serves as a CLEP testing location for both campus students and individuals in the surrounding area. CLEP exams are administered on the Ashford University campus via computer in the Flavian Center, which is located at the rear of the campus library. Exams are 90 minutes long and, except for the English Composition with Essay, are primarily made up of multiple-choice questions. Some exams have fill-in-the-blank questions.
If you are an online student, and do not live near the Clinton, Iowa campus, please click to find a testing center near you. You may take the test(s) at any test center location and have the results sent to Ashford University. When taking the test, you will be prompted to select a state in a drop-down menu. Select "Iowa" and then select "Ashford University." Your test results will be automatically sent to Ashford, and then added to your transcript if you earn a passing score.
Campus CLEP examinations are administered per individual request throughout the year. To schedule an appointment, contact Alyssa Oltmanns, Testing and Tutoring Coordinator in the Flavian Center, at 877.241.9893, ext. 7241. You must schedule your appointment at least one week in advance of the desired testing date; appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Application for Campus CLEP testing
Students who will need special accommodations must contact Alyssa Oltmanns in the Flavian Center at least two weeks prior to taking the test. Only students with documented hearing, learning, physical, or visual disabilities are eligible to receive testing accommodations.
Each institution sets its own policy in determining which CLEP exams will be accepted for credit and how many credits will be awarded. Ashford University adheres to CLEP's passing score recommendations and credit recommendations, and Ashford University accepts passing scores for all existing CLEP exams.
For students planning to attend Ashford University:
At the time of the exam, students should designate Ashford University as a score recipient. If you are requesting your CLEP scores through CollegeBoard, Ashford's college code number is #6418. If you request through Prometrics, the code is #8226. Ashford University will accept all CLEP exams with a minimum score of 50 except for Level II Foreign Language. Those required scores are French–62, German–63, and Spanish–66.
Students with previous CLEP results should request an official transcript be sent to the Registrar's Office at Ashford University.
For students planning to attend college elsewhere:
Check directly with the college or university you plan to attend to find out which exams are accepted, what scores are required, and how much credit will be granted.
If students want their scores sent to a college, employer, or certifying agency, this option must be selected through the exam software on the day of the exam. This service is free of charge only if the score recipient is selected at the time of the test. One institution may be designated for free at the time of the exam. A $20 fee will be charged for each additional institution or for a transcript ordered at a later date. Scores will be kept on file by CLEP for twenty (20) years.
Students will be able to obtain unofficial test results at the time of testing, except for the English Composition with Essay exam. Students will receive those results in the mail within two to three weeks after the test date.
It is the student's responsibility to make sure that CLEP tests do not duplicate previous credit earned. A student may not earn credit by examination in an area in which he or she previously has completed an equivalent course, a course of similar level, or one that is more advanced in content level. Some CLEP tests may be duplications of other national testing programs, such as AP (Advanced Placement) tests.
If you are currently enrolled at Ashford University, check with your Academic Advisor to determine if specific CLEP tests will fit into your academic plan and will not duplicate previous credit awarded.
- Composition and Literature
- American Literature
- Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
- College Composition
- College Composition Modular
- English Literature
- World Languages
- French Language (Levels 1 and 2)
- German Language (Levels 1 and 2)
- Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2)
- History and Social Sciences
- American Government
- History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
- History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
- Human Growth and Development
- Introduction to Educational Psychology
- Introductory Psychology
- Introductory Sociology
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Social Sciences and History
- Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to1648
- Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
- Science and Mathematics
- College Algebra
- College Mathematics
- Natural Sciences
- Financial Accounting
- Information Systems and Computer Applications
- Introductory Business Law
- Principles of Management
- Principles of Marketing
Exam Day Instructions
- Arrive on time.
- Bring two forms of identification (one of which must be a photo ID).
- Bring a non-mechanical pencil for note-taking purposes. No pens or mechanical pencils will be allowed.
- There are no exam breaks; you may not leave the testing station and return later.
As an official CLEP Testing Center, Ashford University reserves the right to invalidate a test session if a student uses a prohibited item during the test administration or engages in misconduct.
Prohibited Items–As per CLEP policy, use of the following items in the testing room is strictly prohibited unless an approved exception has been specified by CLEP.
- Food, beverages, or tobacco products
- Hats (unless worn as a religious requirement)
- Hand-held calculators (a calculator function is built into the software for those tests that require calculator use)
- Calculator watches, digital watches (wrist or pocket), alarm wristwatches
- Wristwatch cameras, digital cameras
- Dictionaries, books, pamphlets, reference materials
- Papers of any kind (except for authorized scratch paper provided at the center)
- Slide rules, protractors, compasses, rulers
- Highlighter pens and/or colored pens and pencils
- Cellular phones/pagers, beepers, walkie talkies, PDAs
- Wireless communication devices of any kind (e.g. BlackBerry)
- Listening devices, radios with headphones, recorders
- Copying or photographic devices
- Transmission or receiving devices
- Mechanical pencils or any type of pen
- Non-medical electronic devices (laptop computers, digital assistants)
- Candidate-provided keyboards
- Any other unauthorized testing aids
Misconduct–Students involved in any misconduct will be asked to terminate their exam and leave the testing room. Exam scores will be cancelled. Examples of misconduct are as follows:
- Giving or receiving assistance of any kind
- Using any of the prohibited aids listed
- Taking or attempting to take an exam for someone else
- Failing to follow test regulations or the test administrator's instructions
- Removing or attempting to remove test questions and/or responses (in any format) from the testing room
- Tampering with the operation of the computer or attempting to use it for any function other than taking the exam
- Leaving the testing room without permission
- Causing a disturbance of any kind
To help students navigate their way through the computerized test, a free downloadable tutorial is available on the CLEP website. The free CLEP Sampler contains the same tutorials as the actual exams. The CLEP Official Study Guide for all tests (not free) and Individual Subject Guides (not free) are also available for download from the website and feature test-taking tips and procedures.