It seems there is a dearth of for-credit exams that would fulfill
BSCIS credit requirements.
I have written to Excelsior’s Admissions Office twice, and the
following are excerpts from their replies:
“Unfortunately, proficiency exams are not available in many
“I do not believe that the CIS degree can be completed with CLEP and
GRE exams alone. For example, neither organization has an exam to satisfy
the Computer Architecture requirement.”
Is it me or does it appear that they are discouraging a
credit-by-examination approach? According to the information posted in
Lawrie’s Q&A Q #212 (June 11, 2004) a score of 710 or higher in the GRE
Computer Science exam will satisfy their core requirements in Computer
I was planning on taking the GRE, but am hesitant after reading your
reply to Q #197 in Lawrie’s Q&A:
“….I think computer science is to CIS as materials science is to
Anyway, do any definitive guides exist that provide a listing of
CIS-related exams while at the same time detail which degree requirement it
is designed for?
the entire degree via examination, the ICCP exams comprise an essential
component of the degree CIS core.
the Excelsior reps never mentioned the ICCP (they didn’t?). If they did not
cite these, it's no great surprise the Computer Science GRE got short
shrift. The bit you quoted read like a snippet of a canned answer. The less
charitable might conclude they're working on a need-to-know basis, and that
when answering your questions, they felt you need know naught.
If the GRE
Computer Science serves you better than the ICCP in relevant subject areas,
then go for it. It doesn't matter that it has little to do with CIS, it
still leads you some way to your goal. Certainly it’s a whole lot cheaper
than ICCP examination route.
guide relating degree requirements to available exams? These used to be,
before the Excelsior website redesign. The link no longer works but see:
and for vendor
certs . . .
and get the
Technology program catalog from Excelsior.
Exams and credit awarded at Excelsior in the CIS program
Core 12 (3 A/P
+ 9 LD)
Management 3 UD
Programming 3 LD
Programming 3 LD
Development 3 UD