Advanced Testing

Your bright future could be closer than you realize.

Earn your degree and reach your career goals faster. At ECC, you can earn up to 50 percent of the credit hours for your degree or certificate by demonstrating prior knowledge through proficiency.

Advanced Placement Tests

If you took AP tests at your high school, you may be able to fulfill ECC course requirements and earn credit. Check our AP credit charts for details.

CLEP Testing

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of nationally standardized tests offered by appointment at the ECC Testing Center during regular hours. These computerized tests are usually best suited for those with considerable academic and life experiences. Students may take as many CLEP tests as they wish, most tests requiring 90 minutes to complete. Download college level examination program (CLEP) information to learn more.

Students who wish to receive proficiency credit for English Composition I (ENG 101) must complete a two-step CLEP testing process. The first step is to pass the College Composition Modular exam with a score of 50 or higher. This exam includes approximately 90 multiple-choice items that measures knowledge of the fundamental principles of rhetoric and composition and ability to apply the principles of standard written English. Once the exam is passed, the students complete two essays within 90 minutes. The essays may be written on a computer. In one of the two essays, the student must develop a position by building an argument by synthesizing information from two provided sources, with citations. Each essay is read and scored independently by three ECC English department faculty. Each essay is evaluated against the student learning outcomes for ENG 101 English Composition I. Students will be contacted with the final essay score results approximately 3 to 10 business days after the essay is completed. For more information CLEP, visit

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ECC Proficiency Program

If you’ve earned proficiency credit at another accredited institution, ECC may accept those credits if:

  • The credit applies to the degree or certificate you intend to complete at ECC, and
  • The institution recorded the proficiency credit on your official transcript.

Modern Language Proficiency

If you are a heritage speaker and/or you have previous knowledge of the language, you are encouraged to consider seeking proficiency credit. Talk to an academic advisor about which language courses you need. If you are not sure which courses to seek proficiency credit for, you should take the WebCAPE first for an initial placement assessment.

Download proficiency request form to learn more.

IB Diploma Programme (DP)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subject tests may be used to fulfill ECC course requirements in a variety of areas. Download a guide to assessment to learn more.

State Seal of Biliteracy

A State Seal of Biliteracy designated on a high school transcript may be used to earn proficiency credit in a language other than English. The State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes completion of two years of high school language coursework. The courses for which a student can receive college credit based on the Seal of Biliteracy is denoted with a proficiency code in the catalog.