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CLEP & DSST Testing

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps students earn credit for what they already know, regardless of how that knowledge was acquired. By receiving a satisfactory score on a CLEP exam, students can earn up to 12 college credits toward a college degree, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college. Click here for FAQ’s.

The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) is an effective method to provide your college with evidence of prior learning. Click here for FAQ’s.


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Study Resources for CLEP Exams

Information for Candidates 2012-13 College-Level Examination Program

CLEP Study Resources

Test Preparation

NECC Library (Search KEYWORD CLEP Preparation)

CLEP Study Guides

The Official CLEP Study Guide

Other Study Resources

Study Resources for DSST Exams

DSST Official Test Preparation Guide

Official Guide to Mastering DSST Exams

Test Preparation

Practice Exams

Test Taker Information Bulletin

DSST has launched applications for smart phones within the Android Google Play and Apple App stores. The application displays a detailed listing of each exam, content outline, references and recommendations. Additionally, it allows the user to take a free practice exam (roughly 10 questions). Check it out for yourself by searching for DSST in your app store – and download the app and take a free quiz today!

Apple App Store Download
Google Play Store Download

Accommodated Testing

Students with documented disabilities should contact the Learning Accommodations Center to arrange for special accommodations well in advance of their assessment date.

Students with documented disabilities:

Call:(978) 556-3654

See also

CLEP/DSST Credit Awarded at NECC

Please note:  

Northern Essex Community College does not award credit for all of the CLEP exams that are provided by the Academic Placement & Testing Center. Northern Essex Community College awards CLEP & DSST credits earned by the achievement of the required scores listed in the CLEP & DSST General/Subject Exams. The score requirements are set through the recommendation of the American Council on Education and based on review by faculty at Northern Essex Community College.  If you are taking a CLEP/DSST exam for another institution, you should check with that institution to find out which CLEP & DSST credits are awarded.

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has recently evaluated CLEP processes and procedures for developing, administering, and scoring the CLEP exams. Based on this information the 2015-16 CLEP Credit-Granting Recommendations have changed for the Foreign Language CLEP exams.  Per the ACE recommendations, candidates can earn up to 9 credits in the Foreign Language CLEP exams at Northern Essex Community College.

Transcript Request

To request a CLEP Transcript, click here. To request a DSST Transcript, click here.

Additional Information

Click here for additional Information to earning course credit through Prior Learning Assessments.