Credit By Exam
At Thomas Edison State College we know that adults can acquire college-level knowledge outside the classroom in a variety of ways. For instance, job training, volunteer activities, and independent study may all provide subject mastery that translates into college credit. Because of this, the College developed its very own-credit-by exam program, called TECEP®, to enable students to earn credit by taking exams instead of courses. We also accept test results from other credit by exam programs.
TECEP® - The Thomas Edison State College Examination Program
The Thomas Edison State College Examination Program (TECEP®) was designed especially with the adult learner in mind, and has helped students receive college credit for over 35 years. TECEP® exams are developed by College mentors who have taught comparable college courses and understand the needs of adult students. Most exams contain multiple-choice questions, some have short-answer or essay questions, and all are graded on a pass/fail basis. Students have a 12-week term in which to take their TECEP® and can select their own convenient testing location. Enrolled students of Thomas Edison State College, as well as non-matriculation students are eligible to register for, and take TECEP® exams.
How TECEP® Exams Work
One way to demonstrate college-level knowledge and skills is to prepare for and pass a comprehensive exam. You select a test in a subject area in which you have prior knowledge or experience. You prepare for the test using a test description, and register to take the test when you are ready. Once you pass the exam, you receive college credit.
Preparing for Your TECEP®
You can view a list of TECEP® exams and print the test description for each one. A test description includes a list of exam topics, suggested study materials and sample questions. By reviewing the test description material you will know how to prepare for the exam. Learn more about preparing for a TECEP®.
Taking your TECEP®
After you register you will be emailed a confirmation note that includes all the information you need to set up a specific test date and location. You can choose to test at the College in Trenton, NJ or at any accredited college or public library, using an approved proctor. Testing is currently paper-and-pencil only but we plan to offer online testing in the future. TECEP® policies and contact information.
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Attend an Information Session
Information Sessions are held throughout the year and provide prospective students with the opportunity to meet College staff and learn more about the admissions process, financial aid, enrolling and what it is like taking an online course.