Testing Services

CLEP & DSST Exams

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) exams allow you to demonstrate proficiency in certain subject areas by examination. Both types of exams are administered via internet-based testing and are available by appointment in the PEL office. CLEP exams typically take 90 minutes to complete, while DSST exams take 2 hours. 

Course credit for CLEP and DSST exams is limited to three course equivalents for each examination program, for a total of 21 hours of credit (6 course equivalencies). The CLEP general studies tests are not accepted for credit except as part of an A.A. degree accepted for transfer. For details on how these tests are accepted at Eckerd, click on the links below. It is extremely important to consult with your advisor before taking a CLEP or DSST exam to ensure that it is appropriate for your degree plan. 

CLEP Exams Accepted at Eckerd
DSST Exams Accepted at Eckerd

Visit the CLEP and DSST websites for additional information.

Timed Writing Exams

Through August 2017, the PEL testing center will also offer timed writing exams to help students complete the requirements for their Writing Proficiency exhibits. Learn more about the timed writing requirement here.  

Test Registration

You may arrange to take CLEP, DSST, or timed writing exams at Eckerd College by completing our online booking form or by calling the PEL office at 727-864-8366.  Eckerd charges a $20 per test administration fee which must be paid in the Bursar's office before the exam can proceed.

If you plan to take a CLEP exam, you will need to go online to register for the exam you wish to take before your appointment at the testing center. You will also need to pay the $80 exam fee. Both can be done at https://clepportal.collegeboard.org/myaccount. Be sure to provide Eckerd's CLEP testing site number (5223) as both the location where you will take the exam and the location to which you would like your results sent. On the day of the test, bring your CLEP testing ticket, a photo ID with signature (such as a driver's license or passport), and cash, check, or credit card to pay Eckerd's $20 administration fee.

If you plan to take a DSST exam, you will register and pay for the exam online using the computer in the PEL office. On the day of the test, you will need to bring a credit or debit card with you to pay for your test, a photo ID with signature (such as a driver's license or passport), and cash, check, or credit card to pay Eckerd's $20 administration fee. 

Other Testing Locations

CLEP and DSST testing services are also available at other locations in the Tampa Bay area. Click here to locate other local testing centers that offer CLEP exams, and here to locate local testing centers that offer DSST exams. If you decide to take your exam offsite, remember to provide the relevant site codes for Eckerd College during the registration process to ensure that your test results are sent to Eckerd. Our CLEP testing center number is 5223 and our DSST testing center number is 9551.

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