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 :-
Why Should I Take a CLEP exam?
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.
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