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.
Steps to Register:
- Sign up through CLEP or DSST for the exam you would like to take through the College Board – My Account registration portal at http://clep.collegeboard.org/ for CLEP or at https://ibt1.prometric.com/index.asp?ibt=3950769305& for DSST. See Registration Step 1 below.
- Submit the Academic Placement & Testing Center CLEP or DSST Registration Form and Fee to NECC to schedule your exam one of the following ways: Online, by Mail or Walk-in. See Registration Step 2 below.
Note: you must register at the CLEP or DSST site and fill out the required Academic Placement & Testing Center CLEP or DSST registration form.
1. College Board CLEP® Registration and Fee Information:
The fee for each CLEP® exam is $80.00. CLEP® registration and payment must be made in advance by test-takers online through the College Board – My Account registration portal. Go to http://clep.collegeboard.org/. Print your registration ticket with your voucher number and bring it on the day of your exam. CLEP exams and optional essays are free to military personnel, and eligible civilian employees with proper military ID.
Prometric DSST Registration and Fee Information:
To sign up to take a DSST exam go to the DSST Exam portal at https://ibt1.prometric.com/index.asp?ibt=3950769305&. DSST exams are Internet-based exams which you can view by going to the DSST website, http://www.getcollegecredit.com/pdfs/exam-list.pdf. NOTE: Not all test forms listed are available to each testing site. A confirmation will be sent to you upon receipt of your application and fee.
You must bring your school code with you for reporting purposes when you come to test. You can get this by either going to the DSST website, www.getcollegecredit.com, or calling your school for the code. You should confirm that your school does accept DSST credits.
The DSST Testing Fee of $80.00 per test is collected on the day of the test payable by valid credit card or debit card. Personal checks and cash payments cannot be accepted.
See above for list of acceptable forms of ID.
2. Fill out the NECC CLEP or DSST Registration Forms:
Online Registration (Payment by credit card) Go to: https://ssb.necc.mass.edu:7019/flexibleregistration/index.jsp?frc=SA201400, click on Browse By Subject, click on CLEP DSST Reg Fee. 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. Fax your CLEP/DSST Registration Form to 978-556-3169.
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.