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Tests Offered


Available Tests

The following tests are offered through the OLLU Testing Center. Expand each test type to view information on registration and payment. 

The College Level Examination (CLEP) offers 33 exams in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that students may generally take in their first two years of college. By passing a CLEP exam, students can earn anywhere from three to 14 college credits. View the 2016-2017 CLEP-OLLU Credit-Granting Policies and Guidelines

CLEP exams are available by appointment only, and test administration lasts approximately two hours, depending on the exam. All appointments must be scheduled through the OLLU Testing Center website.

Associated Fees 

Note: OLLU's CCDT Testing Center is a CLEP Fully-Funded testing site, meaning eligible military members and spouses may be able to take their first attempt at a CLEP exam free of charge. Learn more on the CLEP Military Benefits website

Instructions on registering/making an appointment to take a CLEP exam

To register and pay for a CLEP exam, students must visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/earn-college-credit/clep-basics . This webpage outlines the steps for CLEP exam registration. Students must create an account with a username and password, select the appropriate CLEP exam, and submit the CLEP exam fee online. Select the institution or university where you would like the CLEP results sent. Once this process is complete, you must print your registration ticket and present it on test day.

On the date of the test, bring one valid government-issued ID and the exam fee. Acceptable forms of primary identification are:

  • Current passport with name, photograph and signature
  • Valid driver's license with name, photograph and signature
  • State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph and signature
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • A tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  • If the student is a minor or unable to provide a primary government-issued ID, then the College Board ID Form may be used for the primary ID. This form must include a recognizable photo, and the school seal must overlap the photo. The student must sign the ID form in their presence of their counselor or principal. This form is valid only in United States test centers. It must be dated and is only good for one year.

Scores are received at the Registrar's Office approximately two weeks after the test taken.

Note: OLLU students must download or pick up a Request for Credit by Examination form from the Registrar's Office. Have it signed by your adviser and approved by the Registrar's Office before a CLEP exam is administered.

For study guides, visit the CLEP Practice website .

The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) is a form of prior learning assessment. It provides students a cost-effective, time saving way to use their knowledge acquired outside the classroom to accomplish their educational goals. 

The DSST offers 30 exams in several subject areas covering material taught in courses that students may generally take in college. By passing a DSST exam, students can earn 3-4 college credits.

OLLU's CCDT Testing Center is a DSST Fully-Funded testing site, meaning eligible military members and spouses may be able to take their first attempt at a DSST exam free of charge. Visit the DSST website for more information. 

DSST retest policy: test takers must wait 90 days before retaking the test. 

Associated Fees:

  • A $80 fee payable by credit card on the DSST testing console at the Testing Center on the day the test is taken.
  • A $25 Our Lady of the Lake University service fee payable at the Student Business Office on campus or by credit card on the CCDT Payment Center website

Instructions to register/make appointment for DSST exam 

DSST exams are available by appointment only and test administration lasts approximately two hours depending on the exam. All appointments must be scheduled through the OLLU Testing Center Registration website

Select "DSST (for all subjects except Principles of Public Speaking)" or "DSST Principles of Public Speaking exam only."

Note: The public speaking exam will not be administered during the DSST all subjects test appointments and can only be scheduled by selecting the "DSST Principles of Public Speaking" exam option.

One the date of the test, bring one valid government-issued ID and a credit card for payment of exam fees (or payment confirmation if paid online). Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Current passport with name, photograph, and signature
  • Valid driver's license with name, photograph and signature
  • State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photography, and signature
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • A tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  • Picture student ID

Scores are received at the Registrar's Office approximately two weeks after the test is taken.

OLLU students need to complete a Request for Credit by Examination form to request a DSST exam. Download the form or pick up a hard copy from the Registrar's Office.

Students have to meet and have an academic adviser approve and sign the form. Signed forms need to be submitted to the Registrar's Office before a DSST exam can be scheduled and administered.

View the 2016-2017 OLLU DSST Credit-Granting Policies and Guidelines

For study guides, visit http://getcollegecredit.com .

A portfolio is one of the three approved Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit-earning methods at OLLU for a student to demonstrate learning acquired outside of the traditional classroom. It is a collection of information gathered by the student and presented in a systematic format that validates the experiential learning that has occurred. Each course for which portfolio credit is requested must be in the college curriculum and must be part of the student's certificate or degree requirements.

For more information, view the OLLU Portfolio Guidelines

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