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La Plata Campus
Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 114

Salman Zafarullah, Testing Center Coordinator

Lee Desmarais, Testing Center Manager

301-934-7657
Testing_Center@csmd.edu


Leonardtown Campus
Building A, Room 109

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


Prince Frederick Campus
John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 102

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


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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.

*The proctoring fee for CLEP and DSST exams is $30 per exam. This proctoring fee is not included in the cost of your exam. 

College-Level Examination Program (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 $85. Registration and payment for CLEP exams is done online

  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.
    CLEP will not be administered during midterms or final examinations.
  4. There is a Test Proctoring fee which must be paid prior to taking the test and is non-refundable. The Test Proctoring fee is $30. 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 test proctoring 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 choice exams are generally available immediately after testing.

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.
    DSST will not be administered during final examinations.
  3. There is a Test Proctoring fee which must be paid prior to taking the test and is non-refundable.  The test proctoring fee is $30. 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 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.

DSST has launched applications for smart phones within the Android Google Play and Apple App stores which includes detailed exam information and a free practice exam!

For information about the Apple App for DSST exams click here.

For information about the Google Play Store App for DSST exams click here.

View the current list of DSST exams
accepted by the College of Southern Maryland

Departmental Examination

An academic department may award course credit to students who demonstrate 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 permanent record. While the credits count toward graduation, neither the credits nor the grade is used in the calculation of the student's grade point average. 

Examinations that are attempted but not passed are not recorded.  Students who fail an departmental exam must obtain permission of the chair of that department in order to re-take the exam and there may be restrictions on how soon a re-test can be made.  Departmental tests may only be re-taken once. 

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".

View the current list of offered Departmental Exams

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 Registrar’s Office, 301-934-7588.

Students with Disabilities

Individuals with documented disabilities that require special accommodations should contact CSM’s 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.

CLEP, DSST, and Departmental Examinations will not be administered during final examinations.