Testing services

Career Services provides testing services to its students, alumni, and community members. Two standardized testing options are available for students to earn college credit for knowledge already learned: College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The CLEP exam allows students the opportunity to receive college credit for knowledge already learned. Students may CLEP up to 45 credits toward their degree. CLEP credits do not count toward a student's overall GPA.

2017 CLEP Testing Dates

  • September 13, 27
  • October 4, 18
  • November 1, 15
  • December 6, 13

2018 CLEP Dates

  • January 10, 17
  • February 7, 21
  • March 7, 21
  • April 4, 18
  • May 9, 23
  • June 20
  • July 11
  • August 8, 22, 29

Test-takers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time. Individuals arriving less than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time will not be allowed to test.

NOTE: Test dates on this schedule are subject to change without notice. Please confirm your test date before submitting your registration.

CLEP testing is computer based and offered in the Career Services Resource Roomin Welder Library. 

CLEP study materials are available at the main campus (Career Services Office). Students can also visit the InstantCert website  for additional resources.

List of CLEP testing dates. The CLEP credit card lists available CLEP tests and their equivalent University of Mary course for which students can receive credit.

CLEP fee: $85 + $23 administrative fee

DSST

The DSST program, similar to CLEP, allows students to gain credit for knowledge they have already learned. DSST offers 38 unique tests across many disciplines. Students are awarded credits which count toward their degree but do not affect their GPA. Students may test out of up to 45 credits toward their degree.

2017 DSST TESTING DATES

  • September 13, 27
  • October 4, 18
  • November 1, 15
  • December 6, 13

2018 DSST DATES

  • January 10, 17
  • February 7, 21
  • March 7, 21
  • April 4, 18
  • May 9, 23
  • June 20
  • July 11
  • August 8, 22, 29

Test-takers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time. Individuals arriving less than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time will not be allowed to test.

NOTE: Test dates on this schedule are subject to change without notice. Please confirm your test date before submitting your registration.

DSST tests are computer based and given at the University of Mary in the Welder Library.
There are two separate fees required for DSST test-takers. A $20 administrative fee, made payable to the University of Mary, must be paid at the time of registration with Career Services. This fee reserves a student’s spot to take the DSST! Please register one week prior to the desired test date. Additionally, the DSST testing fee is $80 and must be paid online via credit card prior to beginning the test. 
A DSST Candidate Information Bulletin may be downloaded by clicking here. The DSST credit card lists available DSST tests and their equivalent University of Mary course for which students can receive credit.
DSST fee: $80 + $20 administrative fee

Other resources

To learn about tests not previously mentioned or to inquire about additional testing times, the following sites may be helpful:

  • Bismarck State College Testing Center: (701) 224-5658
  • Pearson Professional Centers: (701) 223-8737
  • Sylvan Learning Center: (701) 223-0010