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.
The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) is an effective method to provide your college with evidence of prior learning. Click here for a list of exams.
Registration Steps (1-2-3):
1. Sign up and pay for the CLEP or DSST exam you would like to take. The fee for each exam is $80.00.
IMPORTANT: Print your CLEP or DSST Registration confirmation ticket and bring it on the day of your exam.
2. To test at Northern Essex, fill out the CLEP or DSST Registration Form. To select your date for testing at NECC, click here
3. Submit your NECC Registration Fee of $35.00 to reserve your seat one of the following ways;
Click here for online payment. (Payment by credit card) You must sign in or create an account for FlexReg. First time test takers select CLEP/DSST Registration Fee. If you have tested at NECC, select the appropriate CLEP/DSST Registration Fee – Test Two, Test Three, Test Four or Test Five. You must fax your CLEP or DSST Registration Form to 978-556-3169.
Note: Pop-Up Blockers must be disabled to enable registration and payment using FlexReg.
Money Order (Made payable to NECC) – Mail or hand deliver your CLEP/DSST Registration Form & Fee to the Academic Placement & Testing Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill, MA 01830, Technology Center, Room TC-128.
Walk-in (Payment by Money Order, made payable to NECC, or by Credit Card) – Stop by the Academic Placement & Testing Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill, MA 01830, Technology Center, Room TC-128 to fill out your CLEP/DSST Registration Form and NECC Registration Form.
You will receive confirmation materials when your registration form and payment is received and authorized.
All examinees who need to reschedule or who do not arrive for their scheduled exam must re-submit the $35.00 registration fee and a new registration form. All exam dates are subject to cancellation if there are low numbers of examinees. (Please note that this rarely happens.) Students will be notified within 3 business days of the exam if there is a need to cancel.
For Military Examinees:
Study Resources for CLEP exams:
http://www.necc.mass.edu/library/ (Search KEYWORD CLEP Preparation)
Study Resources for DSST exams:
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:
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.