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Exams for College Credit

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You can receive credit for many courses by passing college credit examinations. These examinations, which are available in numerous subject areas, provide an affordable way to receive college credit. The following programs are offered at HCC's Testing & Workforce Certification Center:


Do you have outside training or work skills equivalent to one of our courses? Taking an HCC Challenge Exam can reduce your courseload. A few things to know about Challenge Exams:

  • Credits earned through Challenge Exams are not transferrable to other institutions.
  • Exams are computer-based and have a time limit.
  • The cost for an exam is $35 (Payment is made in advance at the Student Accounts office. Please check their hours)
  • Exams are administered through the Testing Center in the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development. To register for an exam, please fill out the appropriate form:

Visit our Testing Center page for descriptions of the courses that may be substituted by passing a Challenge Exam. 

IMPORTANT: Effective July 1, 2017, the CLEP exam fee will be $85. Test takers who purchase their registration tickets on or after that date will be charged the new fee. Registration tickets purchased prior to that date will still be valid until their stated expiration dates.

CLEP testing will continue to be free for eligible military service members, spouses, and civilian employees (eligibility details).   

You can earn college credit for what you have learned on the job or from life experience through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). These computer-based exams, which are offered at the HCC Testing & Workforce Certification Center, test your knowledge of introductory college-level subjects. By earning a satisfactory score, you earn the same amount of credit as a student who has successfully completed the same course at 2,900 colleges and universities across the country.

CLEP gives you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know. These exams test your knowledge of introductory college-level subjects.

For Holyoke Community College Students: HCC provides credit for successful scores on 30 CLEP exams. Please contact us for information on available exams. You will find exam descriptions, sample questions, and study guides here.

For Non-Holyoke Community College Students: Please consult your institution's Advising Center and/or Registrar's Office for required passing scores and credits awarded. You will find exam descriptions, sample questions and study guides here.

CLEP for Non-Military

Total Cost per CLEP Exam: $120 per exam ($85 exam fee paid directly to CLEP, plus $35 HCC proctoring fee)

Create Your CLEP Account:

  1. Go to www.collegeboard.org/clep to create your CLEP account
  2. Select your exam
  3. Select your score recipient institution
  4. Pay the CLEP exam fee
  5. Print your CLEP ticket to bring to your test appointment

Schedule Your CLEP Exam Appointment

All exams must be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours prior to your preferred date(s)/time(s). Please be sure to schedule your exam appointment so you can comfortably complete your exam prior to our test center closing times. To schedule your exam, please click here.

For Special Accommodations
For special accommodations (documented), please contact the Testing Center to make arrangements well in advance of your test date.

How Do I Get Credit for CLEP?

When you create an account with CLEP at www.collegeboard.org/clep, select your score-recipient institution. An official score report will automatically be forwarded to your school recipient within 7-10 business days. You will receive a copy of your score for your records immediately after the examination, except for College Composition which takes 2-3 weeks and will be simultaneously mailed directly to the address you provided in your CLEP account and to your score-recipient institution. If you opt not to name your score recipient when creating your CLEP account and purchasing your exam from CLEP, you can request a transcript from CLEP at a later time for a $20 fee by calling 800.257.9558 or submitting the Transcript Request Form available here.

What Should I Bring on Exam Day?

  1. Your Primary ID: Government-issued photo/signature, i.e. driver's license, state ID, or passport
  2. Your CLEP ticket

No cell phones, calculators, electronic devices of any kind. All watches, all bracelets, books, personal belongings, papers or food/drinks, etc. are allowed in the testing room. A light sweater or jacket is allowed, but you will be asked to turn it inside-out prior to entering the testing room. Secure lockers are available free of charge. Scratch paper, pencils, and earplugs are provided by the test center. Exams are 90 minutes long, except College Composition, which is two hours long.

CLEP for Active Military personnel

The HCC Testing & Workforce Certification Center is a fully-funded CLEP partner. Through this program, eligible DANTES-funded test takers attempting a test title for the first time will have their $85 exam fee funded by DANTES, and the testing center will waive the $35 registration fee.

Please go to www.clep.collegeboard.org/earn-college-credit/military-benefits to consult the DANTES eligibility chart.

Day of Testing: Please bring your CLEP ticket and two valid forms of ID (your valid military ID and a government-issued photo/signature ID i.e. driver's license or passport)

For Special Accommodations

For special accommodations (documented), please contact the Testing Center to make arrangements well in advance of your test date.

How Do I Get Credit for CLEP?

When you create an account with CLEP at www.collegeboard.org/clep, select your school recipient. An official score report will automatically be forwarded to your school recipient within 7-10 business days. You will receive a copy of your score for your records immediately after the examination, except for College Composition which takes 2-3 weeks and will be simultaneously mailed directly to the address you provided in your CLEP account and to your score-recipient institution. If you opt not to name your score recipient when creating your CLEP account and purchasing your exam from CLEP, you can request a transcript from CLEP at a later time for a $20 fee by calling 800.257.9558 or submitting the Transcript Request Form available here.

I'm Ready to Take a CLEP Exam. What Do I Do?

Please go to www.collegeboard.org/clep to create your account, order your exam, and select you score recipients. Please print your CLEP ticket and bring it with you to your CLEP test appointment.

How Do I Schedule My CLEP Exam Appointment at the Test Center?

The HCC Testing & Workforce Certification Center is a fully-funded CLEP partner. Thus, both the $85 exam fee due to DSST and the $35 proctoring fee due to HCC are waived.

All exams must be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours prior to your preferred date(s)/time(s). You must also be sure to schedule your exam appointment so you can comfortably complete your exam prior to our test center closing times.

For scheduling, please click here.

What Should I Bring on Exam Day?

  1. Your active military ID
  2. Your Primary ID: Government-issued photo/signature i.e. driver's license or passport
  3. Your CLEP ticket

No cell phones, calculators, electronic devices of any kind. All watches, all bracelets, books, personal belongings, papers or food/drinks, etc. are allowed in the testing room. A light sweater or jacket is allowed, but you will be asked to turn it inside-out prior to entering the testing room. Secure lockers are available free of charge. Scratch paper, pencils, and earplugs are provided by the test center. Exams are 90 minutes long, except College Composition, which is two hours long.

Test Center Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Saturday: Please contact the test center at 413.552.2112 or  testing@hcc.edu to schedule Saturday exams.

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Please park your vehicle in Lot D. If the gate to Lot D is closed you can access it via Lot E. Please click here to access directions to our campus and a campus map.

Always check with your academic advisor or registrar to determine which CLEP exam is right for you!

The nationally-recognized DSST program allows you to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom. DSST exams offer students a cost-effective, time-saving way to use their life experiences and knowledge to accomplish their educational goals. Currently, there are almost 2,000 colleges and universities that recognize the DSST program and award college credit for passing scores.

Learn more about DSST.

Apply Now

Wherever you want to go, HCC can help you get there. 

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questions? contact us

admissions@hcc.edu
413.552.2321
FR 221


Registration Checklist

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The registration checklist

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