Notice: The Testing Center at the Poughkeepsie campus is under a phased reopening
based on the guidance of SUNY, New York State, Dutchess County, and Dutchess Community
College administration. Face mask, photo ID, and completed health screening questionnaire,
will be required when coming on campus. Appointments are required; the College is
not permitted to proctor walk-in testing at this time. Due to social distancing, ONLY
the student will be allowed into the Testing Center at the appointment time. Currently,
there is no availability for testing at Dutchess @ Fishkill. The College also continues
to administer tests remotely (online).
Email DCCProctor@sunydutchess.edu to request information on how to complete Steps to Schedule a Proficiency Exam remotely.
Standard information below may vary during the COVID-19 pandemic remote teaching and
Dutchess Community College will grant credits to a student for learning gained through
life experience that is the equivalent of required and/or elective courses in the
student’s curriculum. Procedures and requirements for earning proficiency credits
based on life experience differ for required courses and elective courses and are
Required Courses/Proficiency Examinations
Matriculated students may earn credits for courses that are specifically required
in their curricula, except for physical education courses, by earning acceptable scores
on departmental proficiency examinations. A non-refundable fee of $35, payable before
registering for the examination, is charged for each proficiency exam attempted. Students
must meet with the appropriate department head to gain approval to take a proficiency
exam and to discuss the content and format of the exam. Proficiency exams must be
taken before the semester in which credit is sought begins. Students should plan
ahead as the process could take at least 30 days to gain approvals, complete testing,
and to be granted credits.
Steps to Schedule a Proficiency Exam:
1. If needed, students can print the Proficiency Request Form under “Learn More” or
pick it up from the Testing Center – Student Services Center, room 104.
2. Students will then take the form to the program or department chair to get approval.
3. After they receive approval to take the exam, students will make their payment
at Student Financial Services in Student Services Center, room 202.
4. Students will submit their completed form and schedule the exam with a Testing
To see more information about proficiency exams, please click on the button under
Photo ID required for testing.