Earn College Credit. Achieve Your Goals.

Do you already have knowledge and skills that meet the intended outcomes of a BTC class? Learn more about national testing options, such as Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Challenge Exams, available for you to earn college credits.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are offered to high school students through CollegeBoard. Students may request a transcript from CollegeBoard to be sent to Blackhawk Technical College. BTC will award credit for scores of 3 or higher. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams help you get college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. CLEP exams help you earn college credit whether you're getting a head start on college or working to finish your degree. Blackhawk Technical College will award credits for scores of 50 or higher on the CLEP exam. The credits you earn will help you achieve your goals faster while spending less on tuition. Each exam takes only between 90 and 120 minutes to complete and you receive scores instantly. 


Review BTC's CLEP Policy

Each CLEP exam costs $87 (to be paid directly to CLEP) along with a $25 administration fee to be paid directly to Blackhawk Technical College's Registration and Records on the day of your scheduled exam. Please review BTC's CLEP Policy for information on testing requirements, the cancellation policy, and more. 

BTC's CLEP Policy


Find the exam that's right for you

While all CLEP exams are offered at our Testing Center, please review the available CLEP exams to see the number of credits granted and course equivalents. In order to receive credit, you must obtain a score of at least 50 on your CLEP exam.  

For help selecting the right exam, please call our Testing Center at (608) 757-7666. 


Register for your exam via CLEP's website

Once you've determined which exam you wish to take, register online via CLEP's website.

Note: the $87 CLEP exam fee must be paid directly to CLEP.


Schedule your exam day at BTC's Testing Center

Schedule to take your exam(s) at our Testing Center by calling (608) 757-7666. 

Note: the $25 administration fee must be paid directly to Blackhawk Technical College's Registration and Records on the day of your scheduled exam.

Challenge Exams

Challenge Exams assess your understanding of course content and determine if you demonstrate competency in that subject. These exams are typically 2-3 hours long and may be comprised of essay, short answer, matching, or multiple-choice questions. Upon successfully passing a Challenge Exam, you may be granted credit for that course, which would be entered on your student record and appear on your transcripts as "PP". 


Register for the Challenge Exam

Prior to registering for a Challenge Exam, you must apply to the college

Review the Eligible Challenge Exam Courses for a listing of available exams, passing scores, and testing details. Then, meet with your assigned advisor to register for the Challenge Exam.


Pay exam fees

Each exam costs $50 (non-refundable) and must be paid at Registration and Records. You will receive a payment receipt which you will need to bring with you to your scheduled exam. 


Schedule your exam appointment

Call (608) 757-7666 or stop by the Testing Center to schedule a Challenge Exam appointment. Students must present their photo ID, registration form, and payment receipt on the day of the appointment.

Arrangements for accommodating students will be made as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Review exam results

After testing, your exam score will be available after 8-10 days in the MyBTC portal.


Blackhawk Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to manage inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Officer, 6004 S. County Road G, P.O. Box 5009, Janesville, WI 53547-5009, (608) 757-7796 or (608) 757-7773, WI Relay: 711

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