• General Questions

  • Exam Content

  • Studying

  • After the Test

General Questions

Can I take two CLEP exams on the same day?

No. You can only take one exam per testing session. 

What classes are available to test out of?

Each university determines which credit by exam tests to accept for specific courses and the required score testing candidates need for course credit. Non-SEU testing candidates should check with their schools about required scores and equivalents. The CLEP and DSST equivalents page lists information specific to St. Edward's. 

What test should I take?

You should speak with your academic advisor to determine what credit by exam tests to take and how those tests will affect your college transcript. 

What should I expect on exam day?

All tests take place in JBWS 361 (map of St. Edward's University) on Fridays at 2:30 pm. Testing candidates should arrive 5 minutes before the start time. Testing candidates must bring a government issued photo ID that includes your name, signature, and a photo is required to test (examples include driver’s license, state ID card, passport).

Use of cell phones, smart watches, tablets, books, and calculators is not allowed during the exam (with the exception of some DSST exams). If a calculator is permitted for use on a CLEP exam, there will be one available on the computer through the testing software. There is no admittance to the testing room 15 minutes after the test session has begun. Testing candidates who fail to show on time must repeat the entire registration process.

Testing candidates will check into the testing session by signing in when they first enter the testing room, present their ID to the testing administrator and, if taking the CLEP, present their testing voucher as well. The candidate will then be assigned to a testing station.  DSST candidates paying with a credit card will make payments at their testing stations once they have logged into the testing software. 

How do I transfer my CLEP/DSST credit? Why is my CLEP/DSST credit not transferring?

Each college determines which CLEP/DSST exams will be accepted for credit and what credits a CLEP/DSST exam will award you. Therefore, CLEP and DSST credits do not always transfer from one university to another. If you are transferring to a new university you should consult your academic advisor to see what CLEP/DSST credits your new university accepts. 

For more information about transferring credit for CLEP, look at requesting a transcript

For more information about transferring credit for DSST, look at requesting a transcript

What if I require testing accommodations?

CLEP: If you require special arrangements, please indicate this request on the SEU registration form. The testing administrator will contact you about documentation and make the appropriate accommodations. The testing center requires advanced notice of at least one week for all special accommodations.

DSST:  If you require special arrangements, please indicate this request on the SEU registration form. The testing administrator will contact you about documentation and this will be forwarded to Prometric for review in determining the necessary arrangements, which are provided at no additional cost. Prometric requires 30 days advance notice for all special accommodations.

Exam Content

What types of questions will be on the exam?

CLEP offers multiple exams in 5 areas.

  • Most CLEP tests are multiple choice and timed (90 minutes maximum). The tests are usually broken up into sections.
  • The World Languages exams have listening sections where testing candidates will be provided headphones in order to answer the questions.

DSST offers multiple exams in 6 areas.

  • DSST tests are multiple choice and timed (two hours maximum). 
  • SEU does NOT administer the DSST Principles of Public Speaking. 

What format is the exam?

CLEP and DSST exams are completed on the computer and are in multiple choice format. 

Should I guess on a CLEP test if I don’t know the answer to a question?

The multiple choice portions of the CLEP exams use rights-only scoring. There are no penalties for wrong answers.

Studying

Are there study materials and practice tests for CLEP?

Yes. Visit the CLEP website to review Test Samples.

Are there study materials and practice tests for DSST?

Yes. Visit the DSST website to review Study Guides

After the Test

How long will it take for my school to get my test results?

For the majority of the CLEP and DSST exams it should take around two weeks for your official score report to reach your institution. This time may be affected by which exam you have taken (e.g., College Composition can take up to six weeks).

How do I get a copy of my CLEP or DSST scores?

For most exams you will know your score right away. When you submit your exam, a page will appear on your screen that has your score. 

CLEP: You will receive a PDF of your score to your email address (with the exception of College Composition).  The offical transcript will arrive to your school of choice within 7-10 business days. View About Your Score for more information.

DSST: You can go to https://ibt.prometric.com/dsst and sign in using your login and password.  You will be able to print your score report from there. The offical transcript will arrive to your school of choice within 7-10 business days.