Exams are a great strategy to earn credit if you are comfortable with standardized exams and have prior knowledge of the exam subject area. NOTE, these tests do not replace the required upper division core courses.

About the CLEP and DSST Exams

Warner Pacific serves as a test center for DSST exams. Each institution independently creates exam calendars and proctors exams; DSST has no record of this information until each exam is launched in our computer lab and results are transmitted online.

Warner Pacific does not offer CLEP exams.  For students needing to take a CLEP exam, please visit the College Board website to search for locations in the Portland area.

Please contact CLEP or DSST with questions regarding your exam or your scores.

Exam Registration Process

DSST exams are available for online registration. Please click “next” after reviewing the testing fee information (which will also be in your confirmation email).

Anyone can register for a DSST exam.

Please contact the PGS Records Office at pgsrecords@embracesimplicitytogether.com or call 503-517-1567 with questions.

Exam Payment

The DSST exam fees are:

  • $25 nonrefundable site fee due at least two weeks prior to the testing day
  • $100 testing fee payable on testing day (by credit card only)

Make your payment:

Pay site fees online, by phone, through the mail, or in person.

Please note: Your seat will be reserved after confirmation of site fee payment is received from Student Financial Services.

Online payment: http://warnerpacific.regfox.com/online-payment-form

Phone payment: Please contact Student Financial Services at 503-517-1207.

Mail to: Warner Pacific, Student Financial Services, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland, OR  97215

Select an Exam

Please be aware that you are responsible for selecting the correct exam, as determined by you and your Academic Advisor.

  • If you are uncertain which exam you should select, please contact your Academic Advisor before confirming your exam registration.
  • Not sure who your Academic Advisor is? Contact us at 503-517-1550 to be directed to the right person.

Warner Pacific University and its employees are not responsible if you choose an incorrect exam. Your Academic Advisor’s responsibility is to assist you with the setting, planning, and reaching educational goals but the final responsibility for meeting all academic and graduation requirements rests with you.

Exam Registration

You will be taking your exam at the following location:

Warner Pacific University
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97215
McGuire Room #165

You will receive a confirmation email that will include information about the exam fees.


Exam FAQs

Questions about the exams? Please read the FAQs below.

How do I find study materials?

Study materials are available and listed on the DSST website. You can track these down through your library or purchase study guides directly through DSST.

What are DSST exams?

DSST is a testing organization we use to award credit through standardized exams. Check it out at www.getcollegecredit.com.

What are my next steps?

If you are interested in adding exams, your first step is to research the titles that interest you and go to the DSST website.  Then, connect with your advisor about the titles you are considering, and they will talk you through the exam process.

What are the pros and cons of testing?

Exams are a great strategy to earn credit if you are comfortable with standardized exams and have prior knowledge in the exam subject area.  If you have any measure of test anxiety, this is not a good option for you.  There is some risk—you will need to post a passing score and be self-disciplined to map out study time to prepare, schedule the exam and follow up to make sure the official transcript posts.  You also need to pay for the exam—either out of pocket or by saving your excess funds and using those to cover the site fee and exam fee. All exams must be completed at least 60 days prior to graduation to allow time for us to receive official scores.

What if I’m interested in a CLEP exam?

CLEP tests are no longer offered at Warner Pacific University. Please visit the CLEP website at www.collegeboard.org to determine the most convenient testing location for you. You will need to contact the testing location directly to arrange a test time. Make sure to send your official transcripts to the WPU Records Office to be entered onto your academic record.

What is the cost of exams?

Each DSST exam costs $125. This includes a $25 non-refundable site fee to cover the administrative costs of testing, payable to WPU at the time you register for an exam. The balance of $100 is due directly to DSST and will be paid by credit card within the testing platform on the day of the exam.

What is the format of testing?

DSST exams are usually multiple choice, timed, and administered at a computer terminal. A score of 70% or better is considered passing and the results are not included in your GPA. If you do not post a score of 70% or better, you do not earn credit for the exam.

If you are considering exams as part of your strategy to complete degree requirements, you need to review the exam list for titles that interest you and that do not overlap in content in an area for which you have already received credit or will receive credit. There are many titles to choose from that will address core (general eds) and titles that will address electives only. You are strongly advised to review all exam titles with your academic advisor before completing an exam especially if you are testing to earn credit in a core (general ed) area.

Where do I take a DSST test?

The DSST testing location is our Mt Tabor campus in SE Portland.  Please register for an exam online.

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