Gain Credit Recommendations With NCCRS Evaluated Courses

Saylor Academy has taken the step to have a number of courses reviewed by an external organization called The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).  Saylor students now have the potential to earn college credit by working through free Saylor Academy courses, and passing a Saylor designed examination. Students who successfully pass these exams will be able to receive a Saylor transcript with credit recommendations.  Over 1500 accredited institutions have expressed a willingness to accept the credit recommendations of NCCRS as transfer credit.  Additionally, The Saylor Academy is continually working to expand our list of Partner Schools, who have declared willingness to accept transfer of our NCCRS recommended courses.

Courses Currently Recommended for Credit by NCCRS:

How it works for Students

A number of Saylor Academy courses and exams have been thoroughly reviewed by a panel of independent credentialed professors and subject matter experts, resulting in the recommendation of 3 to 4 credit hours per course.  This means that if you successfully work through one of these courses, and pass a proctored exam, we will be able to issue you an official Saylor Academy Transcript, which can be submitted to colleges and universities.  To date, over 1500 schools will consider accepting NCCRS recommended credit.  To be eligible for college credit complete the steps below:

  • Choose one of Saylor Academy’s NCCRS recommended courses (course list above).
  • Work through the course material as outlined on the course page.
  • Complete the proctored exam.


Students have the option to take the exam with an online proctor, or with an in-person proctor:

  • The approved online proctoring service which Saylor has chosen to use is ProctorU.  You can find detailed information about the ProctorU exam taking process here. (There is a $25 fee, payable to ProctorU, for this online exam proctoring service).
  • Students can also choose to arrange for an in-person proctor.  Guidelines and instructions for in-person proctoring can be found here.


Upon successful completion of an NCCRS recommended exam, students can request to have an official Saylor Academy transcript sent directly to schools of their choosing, or have a sealed copy sent to themselves.  You can complete the online Transcript Request Form here.

Important Notes

  • Just as with other Saylor exams, students may attempt an exam more than once, however there will be a 14 day waiting period between attempts.  (For ProctorU proctored exams, you will have to pay the $25 fee for each attempt).
  • You should remember that transfer credit is not guaranteed.  You will want to inquire directly with the college or university with whom you are seeking to enroll to see if Saylor Academy courses will fit into their programs.  You can find important information, provided by NCCRS, related to college transfer policies hereYou can show your college or university official the Saylor NCCRS course exhibits and credit recommendations here. If you encounter difficulties in receiving transfer credit, contact NCCRS here for assistance.
  • While it is not a common practice, some schools do charge additional fees to transfer in credits.

We are considering putting additional courses through NCCRS review.  Check back on this page for updates, or subscribe to our Blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, for future announcements.


“Since 1973 NCCRS (formerly National PONSI) has been evaluating training and education programs offered outside of the traditional college classroom setting and translating them into college credit equivalencies.

NCCRS coordinates teams of college faculty evaluators and subject matter experts to conduct extensive reviews of education and training programs offered by corporations, unions, religious organizations and proprietary schools. Over 1500 Cooperating Colleges and Universities will consider granting actual college credit based on our credit recommendations and in accordance with their own transfer policies.”