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Proficiency Testing

Proficiency Testing

Franklin wants to help you get all the college credit you deserve so you can save time and money on earning your degree. That’s why we’re pleased to accept proof of college-level learning in the form of proficiency exams. 

Test out of some of your degree program courses and earn college credit by examination for passing CLEP, DSST and other proficiency examinations. 

Testing Locations, Hours and Contact Information

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The Learning Commons Testing Center is a certified CLEP testing center and can offer CLEP examinations for its students and the surrounding community. The College-Level Examination Program or CLEP is a widely trusted credit-for-course examination program. CLEP is a nationally sponsored program, however, Franklin University sets its own policies regarding qualifying credit. Please talk with your academic advisor about CLEP eligibility before you study for and take an exam.

CLEP currently offers 33 different exams, including a number of math, science and business disciplines. With the exception of the combination multiple-choice and essay College Composition exam, each CLEP is a computerized, 90-minute, multiple-choice test.

Find CLEP exam guides at your local library, Franklin’s Main Campus Learning Commons, most major bookstores, and the CLEP website at

CLEP Study Guides > 

To Register:

Students visit the CLEP website (link below) to locate an official CLEP testing center and purchase an exam voucher.
Register to Take a CLEP > 


DSST, formerly known as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), is a nationally recognized prior learning assessment program. It lets you earn college credit for learning done on the job or through independent study -- including reading. Because Franklin University sets its own policies regarding qualifying credit, please talk to your academic advisor about your DSST eligibility before scheduling testing.

DSST currently offers 30 different exams in such subject areas such as math, applied technology and business (the testing center does not offer the Principles of Public Speaking DSST). DSST examinations measure achievement one course at a time so you can study for one anytime, including while taking other courses.

Each exam is a computerized, two-hour, multiple-choice test. Find DSST study guides at the DSST website.

DSST exams available for credit at Franklin > 
DSST Exam Prep >
Register to Take a DSST > 

Franklin University Proficiency Examination (FUPE)

Franklin University Proficiency Examinations (FUPEs) are Franklin-created proficiency exams that assess prior knowledge and experience for course credit. FUPE course credit is only available at Franklin and is not transferrable to other institutions. Franklin offers exams in a variety of subjects; however, Franklin does not offer FUPEs for subjects available through CLEP or DSST examination.

You may be eligible for a FUPE exam if your experience, training or independent reading is equivalent to what you would learn in the college classroom. FUPE Exams are available for retest after a six-month waiting period. 

FUPEs Available >
Register for a FUPE >