NTC - FAQs

Exam Fees

  1. How much does the exam cost?
    Exams are free for active duty Service members. For dependents, Veterans and DoD civilians, there is a fee of $80 for a CLEP and DSST exam.
  2. I am using the GI Bill ®, how do I get reimbursed?
    Speak to your Veteran Rep or visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/testing.htm for more information.
  3. I am a DoD civilian and I have been told that I can take CLEP/DSST exams for free. Is this true?
    In certain cases, Department of Defense Acquisition Personnel are eligible for computer-based  CLEP and DSST exams.
  • They include the following:

    CLEP: Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Marketing exams.
    DSST: Principles of Statistics, Principle of Finance, Principles of Financial Accounting, Personnel/Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Business Law II.

Reservations

  1. Is there a reservation fee?
    There is no reservation fee. However, Coastline will charge a $25 “facility fee” to non-active duty Service members. This fee will be collected at the testing center, paid by credit card, at the time you take your exam; cash will not be accepted. 
  2. How do I cancel my reservation and is there a cancellation fee?
    We ask, as a courtesy, that you contact the National Test Center Coordinator by email or phone so they can remove your reservation time and make it available for another student. There is no fee to cancel a reservation.
  3. How do I make a reservation for non CLEP/DSST exams?
    You can make a reservation for GMAT and certification exams (CompTIA, CIW, CWMP, EMT, etc.) at www.pearsonvue.com/military.  

Day of the Exam

  1. What forms of ID should I bring?
    Active duty Service members should bring their military ID and one other form of government-issued ID. All other testers should bring one government-issued ID and one secondary form of ID with your name and signature.
  2. How early should I arrive for the exam?
    We ask that you arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  3. Can I use a calculator for the exam?
    Calculators are NOT allowed for CELP exams. For DSST exams, you may ues a non-programmable, solar/battery powered calculator for the following exams: 
              424 Fundamentals of College Algebra
              450 Principles of Statistics
              524 Principles of Finance
              525 Introduction to Financial Accounting
              536 Introductions to Computing
              550 Personal Finance
              812 Business Mathematics
  4. Can I bring my cell phone?
    We ask that all cell phones be turned off or silenced while in the testing centers. We will ask you to store all personal belongings, including your cell phone in a designated area.
  5. Can I bring food or drink to the exam?
    Most test centers allow only bottled water.

Failed Exam & Exam Re-Takes

  1. What happens if I fail a CLEP/DSST exam?
    There are no penalties for failing an exam or ramification on your military (JST) or college transcript. It is important to study as these exams are intended to accelerate your degree plan.
  2. Air Force Candidates - these exams apply toward your CCAF degree. It is wise to show success on your Web Progress CCAF Reports.
  3. I need to re-take a CLEP or DSST exam, how long do I have to wait?
    You must wait 90 days to re-take a CLEP and DSST exam. Active duty servicemembers re-taking an exam will be required to pay the $80 test fee for both CLEP and DSST.

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