College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
College Level Exam Program (CLEP) is a system of college credit by examination, sponsored by the College Board, which allows students to take an online test and receive college credit for various courses. For a complete list of courses for which credit is given by Coastal Carolina University and other CLEP policies, see the online CLEP brochure.
(ATTENTION Military and other DANTES eligible candidates: click here for special instructions.)
To take your CLEP at the Academic Testing Center, please follow these steps:
- CCU STUDENTS ONLY! If you are not a CCU student, please proceed with step 2 below. You must first determine if you are eligible to take the CLEP for CCU credit by reading the CCU CLEP brochure. If you are eligible, then you must get your Dean’s approval to take your CLEP: Print the CLEP Approval Form, then submit the completed form to your Dean’s office. Your Dean will review the request, then notify the Academic Testing Center (ATC) if you are approved.
The ATC will then notify you by email that you can proceed with the CLEP exam registration process below. Do not purchase your CLEP exam until you receive confirmation from the ATC that your Dean has approved your request! Your Dean's approval is valid for six months.
- Register with CLEP. You will pay the CLEP exam fee, select your exam and score recipient, and receive a ticket number.
- Register with CCU. CCU’s registration fee is $40 (non-refundable). Once you make your payment to CCU, you will receive an email from ATC with scheduling instructions. You must schedule your appointment within six months of making your CCU CLEP registration fee payment.
Questions? See our frequently asked questions page.
For more information, please review the CLEP website.
DSST Credit by Exam Program
DSST Credit by Exam Program allows you to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom.
Coastal Carolina University does not currently award credit for DSST, but the ATC is an open testing facility and administers these tests for students of other institutions.
To take the test, you must first register with CCU and pay a proctoring fee of $40 (non-refundable). Once the payment is received, you will receive an email from the ATC to schedule your appointment. On test day, bring your credit/debit card as you will make your payment to DSST for your test at that time.
For more information and to get the exact cost of your test, please visit the DSST website.
Questions? See our frequently asked questions.
Proceed to CCU DSST Registration.
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a computer-based test utilized by graduate programs to assess qualifications for advanced study in business and management.
For more information and to register, please review the GMAT website.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE®) measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.
For more information and to register, please review the GRE website.
Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level test of analytical ability that requires the solution of problems stated as analogies. The MAT consists of 120 partial analogies that you have 60 minutes to complete.
To take the test, you must first register with CCU. CCU’s registration fee is $90 (non-refundable).
Once the payment/registration is received, you will receive an email from the ATC to schedule an appointment.
Proceed to CCU MAT Registration.
NATE - North American Technician Excellence
NATE is the nation's largest nonprofit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE tests represent real-world working knowledge of these systems and validate the professional competency of service and installation technicians.
NATE tests are offered for core knowledge and for certain installation and service specialties. You will find a complete list of these certifications on the NATE website. Once you determine which exam you want to take, you will register with CCU and pay your exam fee. When your payment is received, the ATC will email you with scheduling instructions.
For more information on NATE, visit the NATE website.
Proceed to CCU NATE Registration.
The ParaPro Assessment measures the reading, writing and basic math competencies of practicing and prospective paraprofessionals. In accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act, the ParaPro Assessment can be used to certify teacher’s aides and assistants in the instruction of these subjects to school children.
To take the test, you must first register with CCU via the link below. The registration fee is $100 (non-refundable). Once the payment/registration is received, you will receive an email from the ATC to schedule an appointment.
For more information about the Parapro, including what you need to bring to the testing center, please review the Parapro website.
Questions? See our frequently asked questions page.
Proceed to CCU Parapro Registration.
Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.
Praxis: Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that K-12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge.
Please note: Not all PRAXIS exams are offered during each testing window.
For more information or to register, please review the Praxis website.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Test of English as a Foreign Language™ (TOEFL) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings.
For more information or to register, please review the TOEFL website.
The ATC also partners with various professional testing and certification companies, including: