Rules and Guidelines

Testing Guidelines for Candidates

Quiet Please!
The Office of Testing Services wants to provide you with a quiet and undisturbed environment. Please take special care as you arrive and leave to maintain that quiet atmosphere, both inside and immediately outside of the testing areas. Thank You!

Testing Fee Refund Policy
Testing Fees are non-refundable. Candidates can reschedule an assessment (with at least 24 hours advance notice) and transfer their Testing Fee to the new appointment. Candidates that are considered a No Show, who do not give 24 hours’ notice, or reschedule more than one time will not qualify to have their Testing Fee transferred to a new appointment and will forfeit all previously paid Testing Fees.

No Show/Cancellation Guidelines
Candidates who wish to cancel a scheduled assessment may do so without penalty at least 24 hours in advance of the assessment start time. Candidates who fail to cancel or who do not arrive for a scheduled assessment will be responsible for a $20 No Show/Cancellation Fee for each missed appointment. The fee must be paid prior to taking any future assessments at Athens State University.

Candidates who cancel and reschedule assessments more than one time with 24 hours’ notice will be required to pay a $20 No Show/Cancellation Fee for any rescheduled assessments.

Appointment Guidelines
A candidate’s appointment is not confirmed until they make the online reservation payment. All appointments must be confirmed by payment at least 24 hours prior to the requested testing appointment time. If payment is not made 24 hours before the scheduled appointment the testing slot may be released to another test candidate.

It is requested that candidates arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled testing appointment to complete the registration process. Please note that candidates will not be admitted to the University Testing Center more than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.

Inclement Weather Guidelines
In the event of inclement weather the University Testing Center will be closed when Athens State University is closed. Please refer to local news media outlets or the University’s webpage for weather related delays and closings. When the University re-opens, all candidates will be contacted to reschedule affected appointments.

Late Guidelines
Being late is defined as arriving 15 minutes after the appointment time. If a candidate calls in before their scheduled time indicating that they will be late by not more than 15 minutes their appointment will be moved to the next available slot in the same day (if there is an opening). Otherwise the candidate will need to reschedule. The individual will be required to pay the $20 No Show/Cancellation Fee for any rescheduled assessments.

A candidate arriving 15 minutes or more after the scheduled appointment will need to reschedule their appointment and is considered a No Show. The individual will be required to pay the $20 No Show/Cancellation Fee for any rescheduled assessments.

Valid photo I.D. is required for ALL testing. No exceptions to this requirement will be made.
The primary form of identification must be a current government-issued photo ID card with the cardholder’s printed name and signature. (Example: Current Driver’s License)

Cell Phones & Telephone Calls
No phone calls are allowed while taking an exam. Cell phones, pagers, and any other electronic devices will not be allowed in the University Testing Center.


  • Personal ID Documents
  • Testing Admission Ticket
  • Devices for Special Accommodation status examinees

Prohibited Items (Includes but not limited to):

  • Cellphones, Smart Watches, and Bluetooth Electronics
  • Purses, Backpacks, Bags
  • Hats, Sunglasses, Head Gear
  • Outerwear (coats, jackets, etc.)
  • Books, Kindles, Nooks
  • Paper, Pencils, Highlighters
  • Personal Computers (laptops, etc.)
  • Calculators, Calculator Watches, Watch Alarms
  • Cameras, Pagers, Tablets
  • Transmission or Receiving Devices
  • Rulers, Compasses, Protractors
  • Food or Beverages
  • Tobacco or Tobacco Products
  • Knives, Guns, and Other Weapons
  • Any Item not Listed on the NON-PROHIBITED LIST

Candidates will be asked to remove wrist wear, headwear, jackets, and coats.  Candidates are required to empty their pockets into a locker prior to testing.

Unattended Children
Children are not allowed in the testing rooms. Further, children are not allowed to be unsupervised in the University Testing Center. Please make other arrangements for children before coming to the testing areas.

Assessment Materials
When your exam is completed, all exam materials, including scratch paper, must be given to the University Testing Center staff. You may not leave with any notes pertaining to the exam or any portion of the exam.

Testing Staff will end a test session if you are in violation of test administration rules or engaging in other forms of irregular behavior during an examination.

Athens State University CLEP/DSST Rules:

  • CLEP/DSST credit will be accepted with passing CLEP/DSST score*.
  • CLEP/DSST credit cannot provide duplicate credit.
  • Prior unsuccessful course or CLEP/DSST exam attempts are irrelevant.
  • Prior successful course attempts will not be replaced by CLEP/DSST credit.
  • CLEP/DSST scores will not affect a student’s GPA.
  • * Credit-granting score will be based on The American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.
  • Please contact your advisor if you have questions regarding CLEP/DSST exams satisfying course requirements for your Plan of Study.
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