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Student Success Center

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College of Southern Maryland
Student Success Center
301-934-7657

La Plata Campus
LR Building, Room 120

For information regarding academic issues contact:
studentsuccess@csmd.edu

For information regarding testing contact:

Salman Zafarullah, Testing Center Manager
La Plata Testing Center: 301-934-7657
Testing_Center@csmd.edu

Leonardtown Campus
B Building, Room 111

For information regarding academic issues contact:
Beverly Dearstine-Russell
240-725-5329
beverlyr@csmd.edu 

For information regarding testing contact:

Jacqueline Dyson, Testing Center Manager
Leonardtown Testing Center: 240-725-5340
LEON_Testing_Center@csmd.edu

Prince Frederick Campus
PFA Building, Room 125

For information regarding academic issues contact:
Laura M. Robins
443-550-6042
lrobins@csmd.edu

For information regarding testing contact:

Linda Giles, Testing Center Manager
Prince Frederick Testing Center: 443-550-6040
PRIN_Testing_Center@csmd.edu

Credit by Examination

Students may attempt to earn college credit in some areas by examination.  The credit-by-examination program is an option for those who have strong academic high school backgrounds or who have studied on their own. These comprehensive examinations are administered by appointment in the Testing Centers.

A passing score will result in the credits for the class appearing on the student's transcript. While the credits count toward graduation, the credits are not used in the calculation of the grade point average. Students seeking credit at CSM must be currently admitted to the college and must meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for the test.   All other testers may have their score(s) sent to the appropriate college, university, or military branch.

Click here to view the exams currently accepted by CSM and available study guides.

CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on examinations.  The cost for CLEP exams is $80.  Registration and payment for CLEP exams is done on-line

  1. Meet with a CSM Academic Advisor or contact the institution receiving results to determine which is the correct exam to take and passing score.
  2. Register and pay for your exam using the Registration Portal
  3. Contact the Testing Center of your choice to schedule an appointment.
  4. There is a $25 Test Proctoring fee which must be paid prior to taking the test and is non-refundable.  You can download the Test Payment Fee hardcopy form and pay at the Bursar's Office during regular business hours by cash, check, money order or credit card.  Use the online Test Payment Fee Authorization form to pay by credit card during non-business hours.  Save your receipt!
  5. On the day of the exam, bring your CLEP Registration Ticket, your receipt showing payment of the $25 test payment fee for each exam you are taking, AND a government issued photo id with signature such as a driver's license.  
  6. CLEP results for multiple choices exams are generally available immediately after testing.  Essays are graded separately. 

CLEP information for military personnel, their qualifying spouses, veterans and select civilian employees who wish to take advantage of DANTES funding for their exams can be found here.

 

DSST (formerly DANTES)

The nationally recognized†DSST Program allows students to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom perhaps from reading, on-the-job training, or independent study. The cost for DSST exams is $80.†

  1. Meet with a CSM Academic Advisor or contact the institution receiving results to determine which is the correct exam to take and passing score.
  2. Contact the Testing Center of your choice to schedule an appointment.
  3. There is a $25 Test Proctoring fee which must be paid prior to taking the test and is non-refundable.† You can download the†Test Payment Fee†hardcopy form and pay at the Bursar's Office during regular business hours by cash, check, money order or credit card.† Use the†online Test Payment Fee Authorization form to pay by credit card during non-business hours.† Save your receipt!
  4. On the day of the exam, bring your receipt showing payment of the $25 test proctoring fee for each exam you are taking, a photo id, and a major credit card to pay for your DSST exam fee at your workstation at the time of your testing appointment.
  5. DSST results for multiple choices exams are generally available immediately after testing.† Essays are graded separately.

DSST information for military personnel, their qualifying spouses, veterans, and select civilian employees who wish to take advantage of DANTES funding for their exams can be found here.

Departmental Examination

An academic department may award course credit to students who document learning comparable to that required in specific college courses. A Departmental Examination is created by the appropriate college department and administered by appointment in the Testing Centers. Departmental Exams must be taken within thirty (30) days of registering for the exam. A passing grade on an examination is recorded with a grade of P  for Passing on the transcript.  Credits earned by departmental exam may not be acceptable for transfer to other institutions.  Be sure to check with that school for their policy on transfer of credits from a course marked as "pass/fail".

 

BIO 1040
BIO 1040L
BIO 1060
BIO 1060L
BIO 1070
BIO 1070L
BIO 2070
BIO 2070L
BIO 2080
BIO 2080L

DFT 1200
DFT 1320

EDU 1012*
EDU 1013*
EDU 1110*
EDU 1160*

EGT 1015

HTH 1030
HTH 1100
HTH 1600

ITS 1020
ITS 1110
ITS 2430
ITS 2591
NUR 1015

OFT 1001
OFT 1015
OFT 1051

WFS 1100

* Prior approval must be received by Early Childhood Development program coordinator.
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To Register for a Departmental Exam

  1. Meet with a CSM Academic Advisor to determine if Departmental Exams are an appropriate choice for your academic goals. Contact any institution you are considering for transfer about their policy of accepting credits marked as "pass/fail" on your transcripts.
  2. The Academic Advisor will register you for the departmental exam section of the course for which you wish to earn credit.
  3. Departmental Examinations are charged at a rate of $20 per credit.  A 3 credit class will cost $60.00, for example. This fee must be paid at the Bursar's Office after registering for the exam.  You can download the Test Payment Fee hardcopy form and pay at the Bursar's Office during regular business hours by cash, check, money order or credit card.  Use the online Test Payment Fee Authorization form to pay by credit card during non-business hours.  Save your receipt!
  4. Schedule an appointment with the Testing Center of your choice. The Testing Center will contact the department to release the exam.
  5. Departmental Exams must be taken within thirty (30) days of registering for the test.
  6. On the day of the exam, bring your receipt showing payment of the test fee for each departmental exam you are taking and a photo id.
  7. Departmental Exam results should be available within three (3) weeks after the exam has been taken.  If you do not receive notification within three weeks, please contact the Registrarís Office, 301-934-7588.

 

Students with Disabilities

Individuals with documented disabilities that require special accommodations should contact CSMís ADA coordinator, 301-934-2251, ext. 7614 along with CLEP or DSST at least two weeks prior to the exam.† Requests made after this deadline will be considered on an individual basis.

 

Scheduling Information

  • La Plata administers CLEP, DSST, and Departmental exams by appointment only.  Call 301-934-7657 or stop by the Testing Center in LR 114 to schedule your test.  
  • Leonardtown administers CLEP, DSST, and Departmental exams by appointment only. Call 240-725-5340 or stop by the Testing Center in A109 to schedule your test.
  • Prince Frederick administers CLEP, DSST, and Departmental exams by appointment only.  Call 443-550-6040 or stop by PF 102 to schedule your test.

Please allow enough time to complete your test prior to the Testing Center closing.