Earn College Credit. Achieve Your Goals.

Do you already have knowledge and skills that meet the intended outcomes of a BTC class? Learn more about national testing, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and local testing (i.e. Challenge Exams) options available for you to earn college credits.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams help you get college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. CLEP exams help you earn college credit whether you're getting a head start on college or working to finish your degree. The credits you earn by passing CLEP exams will help you achieve your goals faster while spending less on tuition. Each exam takes only between 90 and 120 minutes to complete, and you receive scores instantly. 


Review BTC's CLEP Policy

Each CLEP exam costs $87 (to be paid directly to CLEP) along with a $25 administration fee to be paid directly to Blackhawk Technical College's Express Services on the day of your scheduled exam. Please review BTC's CLEP Policy for information on testing requirements, the cancellation policy, and more. 

BTC's CLEP Policy


Find the exam that's right for you

While all CLEP exams are offered at our Testing Center, please review the available CLEP exams to see number of credits granted and course equivalents. In order to receive credit, you must obtain a score of at least 50 on your CLEP exam.  

For help selecting the right exam, please call our Testing Center at (608) 757-7666. 


Register for your exam via CLEP's website

Once you've determined which exam you wish to take, register online via CLEP's website.

Note: the $87 CLEP exam fee must be paid directly to CLEP.


Schedule your exam day at BTC's Testing Center

Schedule to take your exam(s) at our Testing Center by calling (608) 757-7666. 

Note: the $25 administration fee must be paid directly to Blackhawk Technical College's Express Services on the day of your scheduled exam.

Challenge Exams

We use Challenge Exams to assess your understanding of course content and determine if you demonstrate competency. These exams are typically 2-3 hours long and may be comprised of essay, short-answer, matching, or multiple choice questions. Upon successfully passing a Challenge Exam, you may be granted credit for that course, which would be entered on your student record, and appear on your transcripts, as "PR". Please view the Eligible Challenge Exam Courses for a listing of available exams, passing scores, and additional exam details. 

Get started by visiting Express Services, on Central Campus, to register for and take the exam. Each exam costs $50. Results will be sent to your BTC student email account. Arrangements for accommodating students will be made as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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