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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.


Click here to Register for your CLEP/DSST Exam


Study Resources for CLEP Exams

Information for Candidates 2016-17 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 CLEP

If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request accommodations at your preferred test center. Contact your preferred test center well in advance of the test date to make the necessary arrangements and to find out its deadline for submission of documentation for approval of accommodations. Accommodations that can be arranged directly with test centers include:

  • Zoom Text (screen magnification)
  • Modifiable screen colors
  • Use of a reader, an amanuensis, or a sign language interpreter
  • Extended time
  • Untimed rest breaks

If the above accommodations do not meet your needs, contact CLEP Services for information about other nonstandard options at mailto:clep@info.collegeboard.org or at 800-257-9558 before you register through My Account.

Accommodations for CLEP at Northern Essex Community College are approved by the Learning Accommodations Center. Because it takes time to review documentation thoroughly, it’s always a good idea to make your request well in advance of test day.


  1. Complete and submit PLA Student Application Form to the Academic Placement & Testing Center. Check off Students with documented disabilities box on the form.
  2. Contact the Learning Accommodations Center to schedule an intake meeting at 978-556-3654.
  3. Documentation from the Learning Accommodations Center will be provided to the Academic Placement & Testing Center.
  4. The candidate will be contacted to schedule the CLEP test. 

Accommodated Testing DSST

Test centers and Prometric will provide reasonable testing accommodations set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to allow test takers with documented disabilities to participate in taking DSST exams. If you have a disability and require special arrangements, please call 1-800-967-1139.

ADA Accommodations Request Packet

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.