Credit by Examination

ECC’s Credit by Examination Program enables students with appropriate knowledge and experience to secure college credit. Credit will be granted to students admitted to ECC who pass examinations approved by Enrollment Services and appropriate academic departments. In some instances, it may not be possible to offer credit by examination because no relevant test exists in certain disciplines. When granted, a grade of “CR” will be entered as transfer credit on each student’s transcript. Credit by examination may be granted for the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Educational Support (DANTES) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students interested in applying for credit by examination should contact either the Enrollment Services Express Center or the appropriate academic division.

Credit for what you know

CLEP provides a reliable and effective means for colleges and universities to grant credit, placement, and exemption by examination. Through CLEP exams, students at ECC can:

  • Place out of a graduation requirement or an introductory course.
  • Accumulate credits toward a degree by demonstrating knowledge gained independently, start studies at a higher level, and save valuable time and money.  
  • Show competence in a subject to determine placement, particularly for foreign language courses.
  • Save tuition dollars.  For $93* per exam, CLEP can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. ECC credits are granted only if the student is enrolled at Essex County College in a degree or certificate program. CLEP credits are counted as transfer credits.  A maximum of 30 transfer & CLEP credits may be applied towards a degree, only if they are required for the student’s curriculum. Testing is done once a week. Score Reports: You will receive your score reports upon completion of the exam. Repeating Examinations: Examinations may not be repeated within six months of the testing date.

If you are interested in obtaining a Study Guide, please visit your local bookstore or The College Board website at:


  • Applicants must register online for the exam at and follow the steps. Once the student is registered, they will need to print their registration ticket and present the ticket to the test center on the day of the exam OR display it on a cell phone.
  • A $30.00 non-refundable proctoring service fee is due at the time of scheduling an appointment. Students must register for an appointment at
  • Some of the Composition and Literature exams have optional essays, which some colleges and universities require and others do not. Contact the college or university you are planning to attend to ask about its essay requirements. In the case that the optional essay is needed, there is an additional non-refundable proctoring service fee of $30.00.

For more information, please contact the Testing Center at 973-877-3481.

Essex County College – CLEP Test Course Equivalent

Credit would be awarded to the student achieving a score of the mean level for a “C,” as stated by the College Level Examination Board. Credit is awarded for the following subjects (Download CLEP Course Equivalency List):

Composition and Literature
American LiteratureNo ECC equivalent  
Analyzing & Interpreting LiteratureNo ECC equivalent  
College CompositionCollege Composition I3 crsENG 101
College Composition Modular/with essayNo ECC equivalent
English LiteratureNo ECC equivalent  
HumanitiesNo ECC equivalent  
Foreign Languages
French Language Level 1 & 2Elementary French I & II6 crsFRN 101-102
German Language Level 1 & 2No ECC equivalent
Spanish Language Level 1 & 2Elementary Spanish I & II6 crsSPN 101-102
History & Social Sciences
American GovernmentAmerican Government3 crsPOL 104
American History IAmerican History I3 crsHST 111
American History IIAmerican History II3 crsHST 112
Human Growth & DevelopmentChild Psychology & Development3 crsPSY 219
Intro. to Educational PsychologyEducational Psychology3 crsPSY 220
Introductory PsychologyGeneral Psychology I3 crsPSY 101
Introductory SociologyIntroduction to Sociology3 crsSOC 101
Principles of MacroeconomicsPrinciples of Economics I3 crsECO 101
Principles of MicroeconomicsPrinciples of Economics II3 crsECO 102
Social Science/ History Introd.Sociology & World Civilization I6 crsSOC 101/HST 101
Western Civilization I or IINo ECC equivalent  
Science & Mathematics
BiologyGeneral Biology I & II8 crsBIO 101-102
CalculusUnified Calculus I or Calculus I3 crsMTH 114
  4 crsMTH 121
ChemistryGeneral Chemistry I & II8 crsCHM 103-104
College AlgebraPre Calculus I4 crsMTH 119
College MathematicsFundamental Concepts of Modern Mathematics I & II  or7 crsMTH 103-104
 Technical Math I  or3 crsMTH 109
 Introductory College Math4 crsMTH 100
Natural SciencesNo ECC equivalent  
PrecalculusPrecalculus I  or4 crsMTH 119
 College Algebra with Trigonometry4 crsMTH 113
Financial AccountingFinancial Accounting4 crsACC 101
Information Systems/Computer ApplicationsNo ECC equivalent  
Introductory Business LawBusiness Law I3 crsBUS 251
Principles of ManagementBusiness Org. & Management3 crsBUS 101
Principles of MarketingPrinciples of Marketing3 crsBUS 211