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CLEP and DSST Exams

CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) and DSST exams provide students the opportunity to receive college credit for knowledge acquired through independent or prior study, on-the-job training, professional development, or internships. Credit is awarded by earning qualifying scores on any of the 33 computerized CLEP exams or 38 DSST tests.

HCC recognizes and awards CLEP and DSST credit for students who are matriculated and are using the credits towards degree requirements. Students are advised to meet with their academic advisors prior to scheduling an exam to make sure the CLEP credits will fit into the requirements and/or electives of their selected major. Credits will appear on HCC transcripts but are not used for calculating Grade Point Average or eligibility for Academic Honors designation at graduation.

PLEASE NOTE:  Qualifying tests and acceptable scores are determined by each individual college. If you are a student from another college, check with your school to determine what their policy is regarding awarding CLEP and DSST credits.

HCC is an official open, military-friendly testing center.  Testing dates are regularly scheduled throughout the year except during the months of January, July, and August. Testing is scheduled on a monthly basis and test dates are built around the needs of the college, therefore seating is limited. Testing is free (exam fee only) for active duty military members and spouses of the National Guard and Reserves.

For more information about CLEP visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/highered/clep/index.html
For more information about DSST visit: http://www.getcollegecredit.com

TO REGISTER FOR A DSST EXAM:

Call the Testing Center (203 332-5217) to schedule the test and pay the $15 non-refundable administration fee.  A photo ID and test fee of $80 (credit cards only) is required on the day of the exam.

TO REGISTER FOR A CLEP EXAM:

Go to collegeboard.org and click on CLEP.  You will be asked to create an account which will allow you to register and pay the $80 exam fee. A CLEP exam ticket will be mailed to your email address. CLEP tickets are good for six months.  Once you receive your exam ticket, call the HCC Testing Center (203 332-5217) to schedule your exam and pay the $15 non-refundable administration fee.

On the day of the exam you will need to bring the following:

  • Your CLEP exam ticket
  •  A primary and secondary current ID from the list below

IMPORTANT!  ONLY STUDENTS WITH TWO OF THE ACCEPTABLE IDS LISTED BELOW WILL BE ALLOWED TO TEST.

CLEP ID REQUIREMENTS

Two forms of identification are required in order to test.

Acceptable IDS:

The PRIMARY ID must be a government-issued ID which includes your name, signature  and photo.  The last name on the primary ID must exactly match the name on your CLEP registration ticket. 

  • Current passport
  • Valid driver’s license
  • State or Province ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Military ID
  • National IF
  • Tribal ID card
  • Naturalization card or certificate or certificate of citizenship

The SECONDARY ID must contain either a photo or a signature.

  • Current student ID
  • Military ID (Common Access Card)
  • Any unused ID from the primary choices above

IDS that will NOT be accepted: 

  • Credit or debit cards
  • Social security card
  • Employee ID

If you have any questions about the ID requirements, contact CLEP Services at 800-257-9558 or clep@info.collegeboard.org.