The College Level Examination Program is a group of standardized tests that assess college-level knowledge in many subject areas. Several colleges grant credit to students who meet their minimum qualifying score. The tests are useful for students who have obtained knowledge outside the classroom, such as through independent study, job experience, or cultural interaction.
CLEP also offers international and homeschooled students the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit to know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations. Earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through independent study, professional development, prior course work, on-the-job training, cultural pursuits, or internships.
CLEP Test Preparation
The CLEP test is offered by the College Board. Approximately 2,900 universities and colleges will grant college credits for each test. Both U.S. and international schools grant CLEP credit. Most of the tests are 90 minutes long. CLEP exams are offered at testing centers on over 1,500 college and university campuses, as well as military installations. Most centers charge an administrative or registration fee per test or per student. Fees usually range from $15-20, though they vary among test centers.
CLEP tests are primarily multiple-choice exams which are scored on a scale from 20 to 80. The majority of schools grant credit for a score of 50 or higher, but passing scores are determined by the individual schools and may vary. The schools are responsible for awarding the amount of credits you would receive for each test. The scores are endorsed by the American Council on Education as recommended credit-granting scores for each of the exams. On foreign language tests, the score will determine the amount of credit granted.