Credit-By-Examination Program

Ferris State University recognizes that college-level learning occurs in places other than the traditional college classroom. Except for courses specifically excluded, all courses at Ferris State are open to students who wish to demonstrate their competency through the Credit-by-Examination Program (CBE).

This program consists of three elements: the Advanced Placement Program (AP®), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®), and the Course Competency Assessment Program.

If a student has been previously enrolled in a course or its equivalent at an accredited college or university (including Ferris), the student may not take AP, CLEP, or a course competency assessment for that course. Once CLEP credit for a given course has been awarded, a student may not subsequently enroll in that course and receive a grade. A student may not be currently enrolled in a class for which s/he wishes to take a CLEP test. Please note that the Social Sciences History CLEP exam covers a wide range of subjects so please check the list and contact the Testing Office before registering and paying for that exam to make sure you are eligible to take it.Once CBE credit for a given course has been awarded, a student may not subsequently enroll in that course and receive a grade.