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The Pierce College National Test Centers are open at the McChord Education Center and Stone Education Center. Testing is by appointment only for CLEP, DSST, and MSSC. PearsonVue examinations are scheduled through the vendor website.

Testing candidates must schedule their tests at least 24 hours in advance. You can schedule your CLEP or DSST exam with us online. For other exams, please refer to the list below. All testing candidates must have a military ID to get on to the installation for testing. Test candidates without a military ID will not be sponsored on base for testing. For testing availability, please see our testing schedule.

Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has two National Test Centers, providing services to active duty military members, spouses, dependents and civilians. We offer a variety of examinations to support the needs of our community for both higher education learning assessment and continuing education and certification assessments.

Our National Test Centers are located at the Fort Lewis Stone Education Center and at the McChord Education Center.

Examinations Offered

  • CLEP: The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Each exam takes 90–120 minutes to complete and is administered in our test centers by appointment. The My Account portal at the CLEP website can allow you to purchase exams, study and send scores. One form of picture identification is required (CAC, Driver's License, etc).
  • DSST: DANTES Subject Standard Test (DSST) offers over 30 exams in college subject areas, which will help you receive college credit for what you may already know. Each exam is 120 minutes and is administered in our testing centers by appointment. Two forms of picture identification are required (CAC, Driver's License, DEERs ID, etc). If you have taken a DSST previously, please bring your username and password to your session.
  • Pearson VUE: More than 450 credential owners across the globe choose Pearson VUE to help develop, manage, and deliver industry standard examinations. A full list of these examinations can be found on the Pearson VUE website.
  • MSSC: CLA/CLT exams are first requested through the MSSC portal after finishing the required courses. Once your request has been approved, please reach out to us at to schedule your exam.
  • Proctor: We provide proctoring services for those students who attend other institutions. Please contact our testing team via email at for more information and to schedule your exam.
  • Other: If you have an examination that is not listed, please contact our testing team via email at