CLEP & DSST Exam Registration
Registration Steps (1-2):
1. Submit your non-refundable NECC Registration Fee of $40.00 and complete the required PLA Student Application to reserve your seat at Northern Essex. To select your date for testing at NECC, click here for Exam Schedule.
Online – Click here to register, submit your PLA Student Application and pay your registration fee by credit card. You must sign in or create an account for FlexReg. If you are a current student, your username is your NECC ID and your password is your Self-Service password. If you do not remember your password, contact the Service Desk and they will reset your password to your date of birth and you will then be able to reset it. First time test takers select CLEP/DSST Registration Fee-Test One. If you have tested at NECC in the past year (Jan.-Dec.), select the appropriate CLEP/DSST Registration Fee – Test Two, Test Three, Test Four or Test Five.
- If you have trouble submitting your application online you can email it or print and fax it to 978-556-3169 or save it to your computer and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: When using FlexReg Pop-Up Blockers must be disabled to enable registration and payment using FlexReg.
When using FlexReg for your online payment, do not X out of the windows until you have completed the entire process. Once you register and the payment process is complete, you can then Sign Out.
Do not close any windows throughout the FlexReg process. Leave your FlexReg window open and your TouchNet Payment window open until you have completed the payment process.
You will receive two (2) emails upon completion of your FlexReg process; one for your Course Registration and the second one for your TouchNet Payment confirmation. Do not close any windows until you receive these two (2) emails. Once you receive the two (2) emails, you can Sign Out. Do not X out.
Walk-in – Click here to print out the PLA Student Application and bring the completed application to the Academic Placement & Testing Center. You can make your payment for your registration fees by credit card, money order at the time you walk-in.
- Mail-in – Click here to print out the PLA Student Application and mail the completed application in with a money order, made payable to NECC, for $40.00.
2. Sign up and pay for the CLEP exam at the College Board site or the DSST exam at the Prometric site that you would like to take. The fee for each exam is $80.00.
Click here for CLEP – Print your CLEP Registration confirmation ticket and bring it on the day of your exam.
Click here for DSST – DSST Test Center 9745. The first time you sign up for a DSST examination, you have to register as a First Time User, regardless of whether or not you registered for a practice examination previously. Exam registrations for an actual DSST examination are done at the test center. The practice exams and actual DSST examinations are completely separate. Be sure to bring your registration login information on the day of the exam so that you can log into the Secure Sign-In to pay and take your DSST exam.
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 $40.00 registration fee and a new Credit for Life Learning PLA Student Application. 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.
Standardized Exam Registration
Any student is eligible to take CLEP or DSST Examinations. Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor or the Advising Center regarding credit awards.
NECC students, click here to see what CLEP/DSST General/Subject exams are accepted at NECC.
Acceptable forms of primary identification include:
A current driver’s license
A current state or federal ID card
A current passport
A tribal ID card
A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
Acceptable forms of secondary identification include:
A current employee ID
A current student ID
A Social Security card
A military ID
An unused ID from the primary choices above
All funded military candidates must present a current military ID and a second form of government-issued photo ID.
* Please note that CLEP/DSST tests are computer administered exams*
For more information on CLEP and DSST testing, click here to email the Academic Placement & Testing Center.