Credit for Prior Learning - CLEP and DSST Exams

About the Exams:

Earn college credit for what you already know! The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exams help students earn college credit for prior learning. Learn more about each test by clicking on the tabs below. 

CCD students are required to schedule a testing appointment a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
No exceptions will be made. If you do not have a testing appointment, you will not be able to take your exam.

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps students earn college credit for prior learning. This is a computer-based exam. Most questions are multiple-choice. It is your responsibility to know which tests your college accepts for credit. Contact your college advisor for more information. Please visit the College Board to learn more about specific test information, practice tests, and study materials. 

CLEP will discontinue optional essay paper exam booklets for the American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, College Composition Modular, and English Literature exams. for more information and alternative options please contact CLEP Services at 1.800.257.9558.

Time Limit

All exams, except college composition, are 90-minutes long. College composition exams are 120-minutes long. 

ID Requirement

A valid government-issued photo ID. 

Accommodations

Please bring proof of accommodations to the testing center for review. If a private room is required, please contact the Testing Center for a reservation.

Registration Ticket

You must purchase the $89 CLEP registration ticket online at College Board and present the ticket to the Testing Center on the day of testing. 

Cost

There is a $35 testing center fee. 

Results

Results are available immediately after completion of the exam, except for College Composition scores. Essays are scored twice a month by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the results will be mailed to you. 

Retest Information

Test takers may not repeat an exam of the same title within three months, if you are repairing an exam of the same title within three month period, and have questions please contact CLEP services at 800.257.9558

Proctor Information

Distance.Exams@ccd.edu
P - 303.352.3087
F - 303.556.8027

Auraria Campus | Community College of Denver
800 Curtis St. 
Denver CO, 80204
Confluence Building, Room 216

Parking Instructions: 

We are no longer able to validate parking. The holly parking lot is the closest lot to our building - in front of the Confluence Building. For more information and parking fees refer to the AHEC Parking website.

Inclement Weather Closures: 

Community College of Denver may close or delay opening due to inclement weather. Please call 1.877.556.3637 or visit ccd.edu/weather

The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) help students earn college credit for prior learning. It is your responsibility to know which tests your college accepts for credit. Contact your college advisor for more information.

Please visit Get College Credit to learn more about specific test information, practice tests, and study materials. 

Format of Test

This is a computer-based exam. Most questions are multiple-choice, but a few may contain other formats such as essays. 

Time Limit

There is a 120-minute time limit. 

ID Requirement

A valid government-issued photo ID. 

Cost

There is a $40 fee payable to the Testing Center and an additional $100.00 fee payable to DSST on the day of testing. 

Military Personnel

If you are an active duty guard or reserve military member, your first attempt will be funded by DANTES when a military ID is presented to the Testing Center. 

Results

Results are available immediately after completion of the exam. Writing sample assessment results (if required) will be sent to your designated institution after you have completed the exam. Contact your institution with regard to the essay score report. 

Official Score Reports

Results will be sent to your designated institution, if selected at the time of testing, within seven to ten business days. If you do not designate an institution, a score report will not be mailed. Visit DSST for more information on how to retrieve your transcript. 

Retest Information

Students must wait at least 30 days between attempts.  

Proctor Information

Distance Testing Specialist
Distance.Exams@ccd.edu
P - 303.352.3087
F - 303.556.8027

Auraria Campus | Community College of Denver
800 Curtis St. 
Denver CO, 80204
Confluence Building, Room 216 7th Street Garage Map

Parking Instructions: 

We are no longer able to validate parking. The holly parking lot is the closest lot to our building, in front of the Confluence Building. For more information and parking fees refer to the website at https://www.ahec.edu/services-departments/parking.

Inclement Weather Closures: 

Community College of Denver may close or delay opening due to inclement weather. Please call 1.877.556.3637 or visit ccd.edu/weather