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Registration Steps (1-2)

  1. Submit your non-refundable NECC Registration Fee of $40.00 prior to your test date and complete the required PLA Student Application to reserve your seat at Northern Essex. To select your date for testing at NECC, see Exam Schedule.
    • Online: Register through FlexReg scheduling system. Any credits earned will be awarded upon completion of taking your exam. You will add your registration to schedule builder, 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. The registration cycle is January-December of each year. During each registration cycle, first time test takers select CLEP/DSST Registration Fee-Test One. If you have tested at NECC during the registration cycle (January-December of the current year), select the appropriate CLEP/DSST Registration Fee – Test Two, Test Three, Test Four, Test Five, Test Six, Test Seven, Test Eight, Test Nine or Test Ten.
      If you have trouble submitting your application online you can scan/save and email it to or print and fax it to 978-556-3169.
      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: Print out the PLA Student Application Form (PDF) and bring the completed application to the Academic Placement & Testing Center prior to your test date. You can make your payment for your registration fees by credit card, money order or check at the time you walk-in.
    • Mail-in: Print out the PLA Student Application Form (PDF) and mail the completed application in with a money order only, 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 CLEP exam is $80.00 ($85.00 effective 7/1/17) and $80.00 for each DSST exam.
    • CLEP Exams Offered
    • DSST Exams Offered
    • Exams accepted at NECC
    • Print your CLEP Registration confirmation ticket and bring it on the day of your exam.
    • 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. (Please note that this rarely happens.) Students will be notified immediately 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, see what CLEP/DSST General/Subject exams are accepted at NECC.

For Military Examinees

CLEP/DSST fee is waived but NECC registration fee is not. Please see CLEP Military Options (PDF) or DSST Military Options for more information.

Acceptable Forms of Primary Identification

  • 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

  • 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, email the Academic Placement & Testing Center.

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