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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 college credits toward a college degree or certificate, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college. CLEP FAQ’s.
The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) is an effective method to provide your college with evidence of prior learning.  By receiving a satisfactory score on a DSST exam, students can earn college credits toward a college degree or certificate, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college.  DSST FAQ’s.

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  • 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 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.
  • 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

Language Proficiency Testing Policy at NECC

Please note:

Northern Essex Community College does not award credit for all of the CLEP exams offered through the College Board and administered 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 and if there are any restrictions.

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.

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