General Education - Testing out of General Education Requirements

Testing out of General Education Requirements

Institutional Credit by Examination

Credit for some courses may be earned through institutional examinations. This procedure is limited to regular catalog courses and may not apply to such courses as special topics, independent study, practicums, or internships.

The student should apply to the appropriate department chair, who may assign a faculty member to administer the exam. The chair will assure that the reason(s) for the examination is legitimate, and, if the course is an advanced one, that the student has the necessary prerequisites.

A student may not take a special exam for a course that he has already taken in the regular fashion, regardless of the grade earned previously unless it was an audit grade. Additionally, a student may not take a special exam for a course for which he is currently registered.

External Credit by Examination

College credit is also awarded for exceptional performance on tests administered by the following external testing agencies. To qualify for college credit based on test performance, the test must be completed prior to taking any collegiate coursework at Fort Lewis College in the same area.

Advanced Placement
Fort Lewis College participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Under this program, outstanding secondary school students may take certain college-level courses in their own high schools. Satisfactory scores on an examination administered and graded by the College Board are forwarded to Fort Lewis College and may serve as a basis for credit and/or advanced placement. For additional information, students should consult their high school counselor or write to the College Entrance Examination Board, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08550.

See Fort Lewis College Advanced Placement required credit scores and policies here

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Fort Lewis College has adopted a policy whereby up to a maximum of 24 credits may be granted on the basis of appropriate scores on the general examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). For a complete listing of Fort Lewis College’s CLEP policies, please see:

See Fort Lewis College CLEP required credit scores and policies here.

International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate is a comprehensive course of study for academically talented high school students in select high schools throughout the world. The number of credits awarded for successful completion of an IB diploma program will be a minimum of 24 semester credits. If a score of less than 4 is received on an exam, the number of credits granted will be reduced accordingly at the institution’s discretion. Questions about the IB program should be directed to International Baccalaureate North America, 475 Riverside Dr, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10115, (212) 696-4464, or

See Fort Lewis College International Baccalaureate required credit scores and policies here.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
The DSST exams were developed to enable schools to award credit to students for knowledge equivalent to that which is learned by students taking the course.  The exams have been approved by the American Council on Education (ACE).  The ACE provides both a recommended passing score and a recommended number of credits that could be awarded to successful students.  With these recommendations in mind, Fort Lewis College awards the following credit for selected DSST exams.  More information about the exams may be obtained at:

See Fort Lewis College DSST required credit scores and policies here.

Military Service Credit

Veterans are often allowed credit for previous education. Credit for military experience also may be allowed according to the American Council on Education recommendations. The DD 214 form and other relevant information, including any military transcripts along with ACE credit recommendations, should be submitted to the Fort Lewis College Registrar’s Office along with a written request for an evaluation of credits for military service.  

See Fort Lewis College military service policies here.