College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a program where students can take college-level exams in more than 30 subjects online and earn college credit in those subjects. CLEP is not available in high schools. Students instead enroll in CLEP exams and take the test independently. This allows students to earn college credit for what they already know by "testing out" of college classes.
Here are a couple advantages about CLEP:
All students can log on to College Board to purchase exams.
You must take a fee-based exam. Each exam is graded on a different scale, however most colleges and universities that accept CLEP require a score of 50 or more.
If you are interested in a specific college, be sure to ask admissions about their policy. To see the scores required by each college, see the embedded Tableau table here.
If you are interested in a specific college, be sure to ask admissions about their CLEP acceptance policy. Not all colleges accept all CLEP exams, and those that do may not accept exams in all CLEP subjects. There are also instances where credit acceptance varies depending on the subject.
To see the scores required to earn college credit by institution, see the embedded Tableau table here.
CLEP exams cost $80 on College Board's website. Students can also purchase study guides for an additional fee.
CLEP exams are free for military personnel and spouses/civilian employees of the Air Force (civilian employees only), Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, and Coast Guard (active and reserve). For more on military benefits, visit College Board's website.
For more information on how CLEP exams, visit College Board.
Before purchasing a test, always check with a college or university to make sure that they accept CLEP and the subject exam you want to take.