Other Tests & Assessments
Berkshire Community College’s Assessment and Testing Center serves as an open testing
site for several other exams, including the CLEP, DANTES, and HiSET. This allows us
to test BCC students, as well as individuals who wish to obtain credit at other institutions
and have their testing results sent to those schools.
As an open CLEP testing site, BCC serves not only current BCC students, but test takers
from the wider community.
We offer students the opportunity to take any of the thirty-three CLEP exams at our
To schedule an exam once you have your ticket number from the CLEP website, as well
as for further information including which exams Berkshire Community College awards
credits to our students, please call 413-236-1656 or email us at Testing@berkshirecc.edu.
See all upcoming CLEP Testing dates
The CLEP fee is currently $89.00 and the proctoring fee is $30.00 per exam taken.
The CLEP fee is paid on line when you register. The proctoring fee is paid on the day you take the exam. The College accepts cash,
check, or money order only for this fee.
The HiSet is an exam consisting of five sub-tests that evaluates the student’s readiness
to earn a Massachusetts State High School Equivalency Diploma. It may be taken by
individuals age 16 and older who are not enrolled in high school and who have not
earned a high school diploma.
Contact the Assessment and Testing Center for information about taking the HiSET and the
schedule of test dates.
The CLEP tests knowledge gained through independent study, employment, or life experience,
and allows individuals to earn college credit through examination in 35 different
subjects. The CLEP is now offered via computer, with students receiving their copy
of the score report immediately after testing, except for the English Composition
with Essay examination.
If you are a BCC student, speak with your advisor prior to registering for the CLEP
to ensure that the examination will meet the requirements of your program. The CLEP
exams are given monthly and cost $100.00, payable in two parts: $80.00 (check, money
order, or credit card) to CLEP and $20.00 to BCC (cash, check, or money order). There
may be an additional $10.00 fee charged to those students taking the following exams:
American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, and English Literature.
Registration packets for the CLEP are available from the Assessment and Testing Center.
Applications must be received at least one week prior to the exam date.
DANTES is another credit-by-examination program through which students can earn college
credit for knowledge gained through life or work experience or independent study.
Originally designed for members of the military, the program is now open to a variety
of public-sector employees.
If you are a BCC student, speak with your advisor to determine whether credit earned
via DANTES examination is acceptable within your program of study. DANTES exams are
given on the monthly CLEP testing date, as well as by appointment. The fee for each
DANTES examination is $80.00, payable in two parts $70.00 to DANTES (money order or
credit card), and $10.00 to BCC (cash, check, or money order).
DANTES tests must be ordered in advance, and there is usually a two-week period from
the order date to their receipt at BCC for administration. Visit the Assessment and
Testing Center to pick up a DANTES study guide.