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.[i] By earning a satisfactory score, you may earn the same amount of credit as a student who successfully completed the same course at that school. Prospective students enrolling in accelerated degree programs are usually encouraged to take the CLEP test.
CLEP policies vary widely from school to school, so before registering for a CLEP exam, be sure to check which exams are accepted and how much credit they will give you. If you are earning an accelerated online college degree, it's a good idea to discuss this matter with your advisor or enrollment counselor.
What are some benefits of CLEP?
By successfully passing each test, you will receive college credit that can:
Who accepts CLEP?
Below is a list of online colleges that accept the CLEP exam credits towards a degree. By no means is this a complete list; it is simply a few names to help you get started!
How is the CLEP exam structured?
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 and College Composition.
The English Composition with Essay exam is an essay question that must be completed in 45-minutes, in addition to a 45-minute multiple-choice section.
Because universities can be particular about which of the College Composition courses they will accept, it is best to wait to take this until you have been informed by an academic advisor how to proceed.
For any exam, 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 CLEP score?
Since CLEP exams are entirely computer-based, you should receive your score immediately after completing the test (except for College Composition and College Composition Modular, 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.
What does the CLEP exam cost?
The fee for each CLEP exam is $80, plus any service fees payable to the testing center. [ii] However, for eligible military service members and eligible civilian employees, CLEP exams may be free of charge.