What’s the CLEP?

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is given to students as an opportunity to demonstrate their undergraduate level understanding of core test subjects. Most universities and colleges in the United States reward qualifying scores on the CLEP with college credits ( 3 to 12 college credits).

There are currently 33 examinations in the current line up, running from Psychology to Precalculus, from Spanish to Information Systems and Computer Applications.


CLEP Structure

Although each test subject topic is different, you can expect CLEP examinations to cover material that students typically encounter during their first two years of college. Many CLEP exams are designed to correspond to one semester courses, but some correspond to full year or two year courses.

Exams are approximately 90 – 120 minutes in length and primarily include multiple choice questions. Some exams, like College Composition, include an essay portion. Language exams also include listening sections.


CLEP Scoring System

In order to reach the total score you see on your score report, two calculations are performed.

First, your raw score is calculated. This is the number of questions you answered correctly. Your score increases by one point for each question answered correctly and no points are deducted when a question is unanswered or answered incorrectly.

Second, your raw score is converted into a scaled score by a statistical process called equating. This helps ensure test scores are consistent over time and adjust for testing differences between test forms.

Your raw score is converted to a scaled score that ranges from 20, the lowest, to 80, the highest. The final scaled score is what appears on your score report.

Please note that each college, reserves the right to set its own credit granting policy. So if you haven’t done so already, contact your college to find out what score is needed to receive credit.


When, Where, How?

CLEP examinations are administered throughout the year at over 1,800 test centers worldwide. The exam costs $80 but military personnel can take it for free. You can register online.


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