The CLEP and DSST (formerly called DANTES) examination programs provide opportunities for students to earn University credit by passing standardized exams. Both CLEP and DSST exams are administered in the computer based testing format.
Potential examinees must schedule an appointment during office hours (8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday) to take a CLEP or DSST exam. Testing will not be scheduled during periods of extreme Learning Center activity, such as the first week of a semester, or mid-term or finals weeks.
To register, students should mail, fax or bring the DSST or CLEP registration form, accompanied by the appropriate fee, to the Learning Center. (Students may bring payment on the day of the exam if they prefer.) They should identify first and second choice of testing appointments on the form. Students will be contacted by telephone or email to finalize the appointment if the registration is sent by U.S. mail or email. A registration form should be sent so it will be received at least two full days before the requested exam date. (However, HU cannot guarantee that the requested exam time is possible.) A written confirmation will be provided as time permits.
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Checks or money orders should be made payable to Huntington University: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or bank card charges are also accepted. However, convenience fees are applicable for some credit card charges. Students who prefer to pay from their student account or who require receipts are asked to make this clear at the time of registration.
Students are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date unless there is an emergency. It is important that examinees arrive on time for testing and bring a picture identification card.
The site for CLEP and DSST testing is The Learning Center, which is located in Loew-Brenn Hall, room 102. Food or drinks are not to be consumed during testing.
Individuals wishing to take CLEP exams are advised to review The CLEP Official Study Guide. Although this guidebook may be purchased, it is also available to HU students on reserve in HU’s RichLyn Library. Sample tests and other information in the Study Guide make it a valuable resource.
To learn more information about the CLEP exams, please see the College Board website at: www.collegeboard.com/clep. Also available at the CLEP site are individual subject study guides which can be downloaded for $10 each.
One of the benefits of the computer-based testing format is that scores will be available as soon as students complete exams. (Be advised that Huntington University accepts the ACE-recommended score of 50 as the “passing” level for most, but not all, exams. CLEP cut-off scores are printed in Appendix 1.)
Brief DSST Fact Sheets may be obtained at http://www.getcollegecredit.com/resources.html#factsheets, and 2 copies of the Test Preparation Guide are on 4-hour reserve in the Richlyn Library. This resource includes study material for the Business Math, Ethics in America, Financial Accounting, Human Resource Management, Introduction to Business, Organizational Behavior, Personal Finance, and Principles of Supervision exams. Some other DSST study aids are also available in the Library. See DSST Appendix 2 for DSST cut-off scores.
Individuals requiring testing accommodations must make arrangements with the director of the Learning Center prior to taking an exam.
Additional CLEP study information:
- Students registering for the College Composition Modular or Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exams for HU credit must also take the accompanying essay (and pay the $10 CLEP fee) for the essay. In addition, there are restrictions on scheduling these exams. Freshman may take College Composition Modular only in June, but upperclassmen and EXCEL students may take it in March, September or December, as well as in June.
- Analyzing and Interpreting Literature is available only in January, April, July and October.
Updated on July 2, 2012. Questions about CLEP or DSST may be directed to Kris Chafin at (260) 359-4290, on campus at extension 4290, or by email at email@example.com. EXCEL students with questions regarding program concerns or graduation requirements should contact the EXCEL office.