Testing for Credit FAQsWhat are CLEP and DSST exams and how do they differ?CLEP and DSST exams allow adult degree completion students to earn credit for their life experiences. The subjects covered by CLEP and DSST exams differ, though there is some overlap. Both CLEP and DSST exams are entirely computerized. CLEP exams have a 90-minute time limit, and DSST exams have a two-hour time limit.Do CLEP and DSST examination credits count toward graduation?The exam credits are transferable credits. However, they may be used only to fulfill general education and elective hours and are not applicable toward core courses, minor requirements, nor do they impact GPA.How much do CLEP and DSST tests costs?See the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Tuition and Fees for CLEP and DSST examination fees. The fee must be paid at the time of the exam.When can I take CLEP or DSST tests?Contact the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Center that is convenient for you to find out the available test times.How soon are the test results available?Both CLEP and DSST exam results are available immediately after completion of the test. You will receive a score report printout following the exam. The only exception is the CLEP English Composition with Essay, which must be graded by CLEP. Those scores will be mailed to the student in 2 to 3 weeks. Is there a limit on the number of credits a student may earn by testing?Yes. A maximum of 45 semester hours of credit by examination will be accepted.What study resources are available to prepare for the examinations?CLEP publishes a comprehensive study guide that is available for purchase in most bookstores or available for reference in most libraries. It includes a helpful breakdown of the test content and a sample test with answers of 20-40 questions. DSST publishes individual study guides for each test (available at getcollegecredit.com), with a breakdown of the test subject matter and 6-10 sample questions. There are also sample exams for some of the most common tests on the Web site.Can CLEP and DSST exams be used to test out of any course?CLEP and/or DSST exams may be used to fulfill general education and elective hours. Credit received will be treated as transfer credit. A student may not receive credit by examination for a course in which he or she has been registered at CCU and received a "D," "F," "NC," "Audit," "W," or "Incomplete." A student may not receive credit for an examination after already receiving credit for completion of an equivalent course or test. For example, a student may not receive credit for a standard, classroom-type English Composition course and then receive credit for a CLEP test for English Composition. This policy is intended to prevent duplicate credit for specific courses, not general areas of study.Can I retake a CLEP or DSST exam?If a student fails a CLEP or DSST exam, the student must wait at least six months before retaking the exam.