Many people today are demonstrating that they have the experience and preparation to manage computers and software programs. So consider joining in this process of proving your skills by taking one of the many certification tests offered at City College, an approved testing site for many certification areas.

Testing Accommodations - Persons with documented disabilities may request an accommodation.

At Montana State University Billings, students may earn credit through alternatives including challenge tests. Several options are available.

Certification Testing Services at City College

Exam Cost
ACT Residual (check testing schedule for availability) $45
CLEP $35 (+$80 to CLEP)
Compass (first test no charge to MSUB students) $15
Dantes $35 (+$80 to Dantes)
Pearson Vue Varies
Proctoring $35/course
Prometric Varies
School district Paraprofessional WorkKeys testing (a three-test series) $45 for series
Retakes $20 each


Challenge exams such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) allow students to study for and “test out of” equivalent college-level courses. Learn which tests satisfy General Education requirements. Students interested in these methods of earning credit for specific college courses can pick up a CLEP or DANTES information sheet at the Library/Testing Center at City College.

ACE, NCCRS, Military Credit

Students may have already earned credit through work-site training or government-sponsored workshops or military experience. If students have certificates or other documentation which states that the American Council on Education (ACE) or the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) assess that training, credit may be available for coursework for which there are equivalencies in the MSU Billings curriculum. Call Admissions & Records, at 657-1747, for questions about ACE & NCCRS equivalencies.

Military credit is assessed from the military transcript. Call 657-2240 for military credit evaluation.

Authorized Prometric Testing Center

Microsoft, A+, Novell, Cisco, J. D. Edwards, and many other tests are delivered at City College at MSU Billings, which is an Authorized Prometric Testing Center. To take one of the tests, candidates may register via the web at More information about these tests is available at

Authorized Pearson Vue Testing Center

Provides computer-based testing solutions for information technology, academic, government, and professional testing programs. Candidates may register via the web at