Standardized Testing

Oakton awards college-level credit for students who take standardized tests. 

How to get credit posted on your transcript for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES) tests:

  1. Download, print and complete the Student Application for Prior Learning Assessment Credit for Standardized Tests.
  2. Request that the score reports are sent to the Registrar's Office.
  3. You will be notified when the credit is posted.

Advanced Placement Credit (AP)

AP exams are completed while still enrolled in high school.

Oakton awards credit for Advance Placement Exams with a score of 3 or higher. See Advanced Placement Equivalencies to understand how Oakton awards credit for Advanced Placement tests and scores. Each of these courses fulfills degree requirements at Oakton in the form of general education coursework or elective credit.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations

IB exams are completed while still enrolled in high school.

Oakton awards credit for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) for tests that have a score of 4 or higher. See International Baccalaureate Equivalencies to understand how Oakton awards credit for International Baccalaureate tests and scores. Each of these courses fulfills degree requirements at Oakton in the form of general education coursework or elective credit.

Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES)

DANTES exams are administered by the military.

DANTES has a portfolio of education programs and services that help military members achieve their education and career goals. Credit for successful performance on a DANTES supported exam may be awarded for courses evaluated as equivalent to Oakton courses, and when the learning documented by the exam is applicable and up-to-date for a student’s curriculum. Scores at or above the American Council on Education’s recommended cut-off levels for awarding of credit will be accepted as indicating successful performance. Official documentation of successful completion of a DANTES exam is to be sent to the Office of Registrar Services. The program or department responsible for the course(s) for which credit is being sought will make a recommendation as to the acceptability of DANTES credit and course equivalencies. This recommendation will be submitted to the dean of the division for his or her review, and to the vice president of Academic Affairs for approval.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP tests are administered once you are enrolled in college.

Credit for successful performance on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general exam will be awarded as elective credit in that subject area. Oakton awards credit at the ACE recommended score of 50 or higher. See the CLEP test credit list to see how Oakton awards CLEP credit. Each course fulfills degree requirements at Oakton in the form of general education coursework or elective credit.

See the Testing Center CLEP instructions for how to take the test at Oakton.


How to get CLEP credit posted to your record at Oakton

After you pass the test:

  1. Download, print and complete the Student Application for Prior Learning Assessment Credit for Standardized Tests.
  2. Have the College Board send your test results to the Oakton Registrar’s Office.

 

For more information about credit for prior learning experiences, contact Advising Services at 847.635.1700.

Find out about transferring credit from a U.S. or foreign college or university.