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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) awards college credit at more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities for demonstrating achievement in a subject by means of a computer-based exam. By earning a satisfactory score, you can earn the same amount of credit as a student who successfully completed the same course at that school.

What is CLEP?
CLEP policies vary widely from school to school - for example, some colleges may limit the total amount of credit you can earn through CLEP exams, or some may grant exemption from a course, but give no credit toward a degree, etc.- so before registering for a CLEP exam, be sure to check with your school to determine which exams are accepted and how much credit they will give you.

What is a CLEP exam like?
All CLEP exams are administered by computer. A CLEP exam is an hour and a half long and consists mostly of multiple-choice questions (some exams have fill-in-the-blank questions), except for English Composition with Essay. The English Composition with Essay exam is a 45-minute essay, in addition to a 45-minute multiple-choice section.

You should plan to allow at least two hours to complete testing. It is also recommended that you take no more than two different subject CLEP exams in one day.

When do I get my scores?
Since CLEP exams are entirely computer-based, you will receive your score immediately after completing the test (except for English Composition with Essay, in which case you will receive your score in about four weeks.) In about a month, any score recipient, if you designate one at the start of the exam, will receive your official score report.

How much does a CLEP exam cost?
The fee for each CLEP exam is $50.00, plus any service fees payable to the testing center. However, for eligible military service members and eligible civilian employees, CLEP exams are free of charge.

In what subjects are there CLEP exams?
There are 34 college courses in which you may take an exam for credit. The material covered in CLEP exams is equivalent to what is taught in courses that students take as requirements in the first two years of college.

Currently, the following CLEP exams are available :-
  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • English Composition
  • English Literature
  • Freshman College Composition
  • Humanities
  • French Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • German Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • American Government
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Social Sciences and History
  • U.S. History I
  • U.S. History II
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East-1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648-Present
  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • College Algebra-Trigonometry
  • Trigonometry
  • College Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Natural Sciences
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Principles of Marketing
Remember, which CLEP exams accepted for credit and the passing scores required will vary by school!

Why Should I Take a CLEP exam?
  • You can save time! LEP exam is only $50.00 (plus whatever fees the testing center charges). Compare that to the cost of college tuition and textbooks.
  • You can save time! By earning credit for what you already know, you can get further ahead in your studies or, if you're a few credits shy, you can get caught up.
Relevant Links

CLEP Test Centers
This is a searchable database of 1,400 college and university test centers in the United States and abroad. The College Board website denotes three categories of test centers: open test centers (generally administer CLEP exams each month of the year to anyone who has properly registered), limited test centers (testing is restricted to students admitted to or enrolled in the institution), and military-friendly test center (members of the U.S. Armed Forces are welcomed.)

Colleges That Grant CLEP Credit
The searchable CLEP College database contains more than 2,900 accredited colleges and universities that award credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. Nearly half administer CLEP exams at their own test centers.

Selected 3 Online Universities

Kaplan University Online

Grand Canyon University Online

Westwood College

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