Earn college credit with CLEP multiple-choice exams.

What is the CLEP Program?

The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has existed for more than 50 years. Exam fees are $93 each (some test centers may charge an additional fee, usually $25). You may select an exam date and time, convenient for you from more than 1,800 test centers. Registration tickets are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. Military personnel may be eligible to take exams for free

CLEP tests are multiple-choice rather than essay tests. Tests typically last 90-120 minutes depending on the test.

More than 2,900 colleges accept CLEP credit. You may choose an institution to receive your score (10-14 business days after testing) during registration or pay $20 to send your score after seeing your results. Each institution sets its own minimum scores to determine eligibility for credit. To determine which institutions accept CLEP credit and how, click here. To determine required minimum scores and any fees associated with CLEP credits, check with the individual college or university. 

CLEP Practice is also available, with official CLEP e-guides for $10, via free online resources, or as a course through the Modern States’ Freshman Year for Free program.

How do CLEP exams work?

CLEP exams allow students to earn credits and bypass courses at the college level. The exams are multiple-choice rather than essays. Each college determines how credits will be awarded based on the minimum scores required by the college. Some colleges charge half the usual credit hour fees when awarding credit. But $93, plus half the regular credit hour fees, still saves money over the cost of a full class, plus textbooks. And, a 90-minute exam is shorter than a full-semester course.

A student may take any CLEP exam even if he or she has not taken or completed a course in the subject. CLEP credits can reduce the undergraduate college experience by a full semester or more and can be taken while in high school or college. 

What CLEP exams are offered?

The College Board offers 34 CLEP exams in five categories. Several of the CLEP exams cover topics similar to specific Advanced Placement (AP) courses/exams, as shown by courses in gold, while others cover similar subject matter. For students who are unable to take an AP test for whatever reason, or who do not score high enough on the AP test to receive AP credit, CLEP testing may be another option to earn college credit. 

Note: If a student enters a college or university with total credit hours (from AP/IB, dual enrollment, or CLEP exams) beyond freshman status, they may no longer be eligible for freshman scholarships.