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- What is CLEP and DANTES/DSST?
The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations.
DANTES/DSST is a credit-by-exam program managed by Prometric offering the opportunity to receive college credit for qualifying scores on any of 38 examinations.
- Who is best suited for Credit-by-Exam?
Working adults who want to save time and money, home-schooled students who desire to accelerate their learning, or college students who wish to advance in their program or graduate early.
- How much does an exam cost?
CLEP and DSST exams typically cost $80, but fees can vary based on the test center
- What are minimum passing scores for exams?
The minimum passing score varies for each exam but in general it is equivalent to a “C” letter grade. In addition, colleges may have their own minimum passing grade to grant credit.
Can I test out of an entire degree program?
Yes, it is possible. However, you will need to check with your school for specific degree requirements.
- Which schools grant credit by exam?
There are over 3500 schools across the United States that grant credit for passing scores for the CLEP exams. For DSST exams, there are over 2000 schools that grant credit for passing scores.
- How do I receive college credit?
Each college sets its own policy regarding how much credit will be granted and for which courses. Contact the college for information on which tests they accept and the score they require for credit. Also ask if there are other additional requirements before credit is granted.
- Can I repeat an exam if I desire to obtain a higher score?
CLEP and DSST policy requires a candidate to wait six months (180 calendar days) before repeating the same exam title.
What are the benefits of taking exams instead of college courses?
Testing out allows you save you time because there are classes to attend. Saves money; the average cost for CLEP and DSST exams is $80, a fraction of the tuition and fees for the corresponding course.
- Where are the testing centers located?
Testing centers are specific locations where students can take CLEP exams. They are located on and off the campus of college and universities in every state.
- How long does it take to receive my exam score?
For Computer based tests, you get your score immediately after finishing the exam.
- What is distance learning and how can it help adult students?
Students use distance learning to take high school, college, technical, or vocational courses. Most programs require no physical attendance at the school’s campus. Students learn at a distance using combinations of textbooks, lessons, workbooks, video and audio tapes, computer conferencing, and course information delivered by CD-ROM, the Internet, satellite TV, cable TV and E-mail. You may take a single course or many courses to complete a degree program.