University of Southern Maine is a public testing center for CLEP, DSST, and BYU FLATS exams. 

  • All exams are by appointment only.  We do not accept walk-ins.
  • The testing location is Luther Bonney Hall room 240 on the Portland campus.
  • All exams require a $30.00 administration fee payable by cash, check, or credit card on the day of the exam in addition to any fees charged by the testing company.
  •  All examinees must provide a current (unexpired) government-issued photo ID in order to sit for an exam.  We cannot accept student IDs for testing purposes.

University students and alumni who wish to schedule an ACTFL OPI exam on the Portland campus or through remote proctoring should visit the ACTFL OPI page on MyUSM.

BYU FLATS offers exams in over fifty languages.  The exams are computer-based, have a time limit of 2.5 hours and test for listening and reading. They do not require knowledge of technical terms or specialized vocabulary. Information on University of Southern Maine credit for BYU FLATS exams can be found at this link.

BYU FLATS exams are available in the these languages.

In order to take a BYU FLATS exam on the Portland campus, you must:

  • Register and pay for your exam at the BYU FLATS exam website.
  • Fill out the proctor section on the BYU FLATS registration form with the following information:

    Name:  Rusty Dolleman
    Department:  Credit for Prior Learning
    Educational Institution:  University of Southern Maine
    Address:  253 Luther Bonney Hall, P.O. Box 9300
    City, State Zipcode:  Portland ME, 04104
    Phone:  207-780-5909
    Email:  rusty.dolleman@maine.edu 

    If you are sending your scores to University of Southern Maine, you should use the same information for the “Sending Results to Your School” section.
  • Complete the CPL test registration form to schedule a testing appointment.
  • Bring a copy of your government-issued photo ID and $30.00 administration fee with you to your testing appointment.

CLEP exams are computer-based, have a time limit of 90 minutes and most consist of multiple choice questions. Information on University equivalencies for CLEP exams is found at this link.

In order to take a CLEP exam on the Portland campus, you must:

  • Purchase the exam from the CollegeBoard website.  If you would like your scores reported to the University of Southern Maine, please use school code #3691.
  • Complete the CPL test registration form to schedule a testing appointment.
  • Bring a copy of your registration ticket, government issued photo ID and $30.00 administration fee with you to your testing appointment.

DSST exams are computer-based, have a time limit of 2 hours and most consist of multiple choice questions. We do not administer the Public Speaking DSST exam. Information on University equivalencies for DSST exams is found at this link. 

In order to take a DSST exam on the Portland campus, you must:

  • Complete the CPL test registration form to schedule a testing appointment.
  • Bring a credit card, the $30.00 administration fee (which is separate from the fee charged by the testing company), and your government issued ID with you to your testing appointment.
  • Active Duty Military meeting specific criteria for CLEP and/or DSST may be able to take their initial attempt of an exam for free. Remember to bring your military ID to your exam appointment so that the $30 test administration fee can also be waived.
  • Student veterans who are receiving funding through the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be able to have their initial CLEP or DSST testing fees (including the test administration fee charged by USM) reimbursed by the VA.  Students interested in pursuing this opportunity should contact Lorrie Spaulding, Director of Veteran Services, at lorraine.spaulding@maine.edu or 207-780-5232.

ACCOMODATIONS AND CPL EXAMS

The CPL Office is committed to helping students with documented disabilities gain equitable access to CPL exams. Students seeking accommodations on CPL exams should contact the CPL Office at 207-780-4663 or priorlearningusm@maine.edu.  Students will be asked to provide documentation of any disability for assessment by Disability Services Center staff and, in many cases, the relevant testing company before any accommodations can be granted.