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The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Pass any of the 33 CLEP exams and achieve your college and career goals.

  • Testing today’s students
    with today’s curriculum.

    CLEP exams are constructed by more than 600 faculty members.

  • Getting students to the right place.

    CLEP helps open up space in introductory classes.

  • Better retention rates.

    CLEP students are as likely or more likely to graduate as students of the same ability who completed an introductory college-level course.

  • A time-saving avenue to degree completion.

    CLEP students pursuing a bachelor’s degree saved between 2.5 and 10 months of time in earning their degrees.

CLEP for
Test Takers

Get college credit for what you already know.

CLEP helps you earn college credit for knowledge you've acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships. Save time. Save money. Achieve your goals with CLEP.

CLEP for

Connect your students to college-level study and college degrees.

A proven retention, persistence and college completion tool, CLEP allows many self-directed students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material in 33 exams, and pursue greater academic success.

Developed by the College Board, the people behind AP and SAT, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in over 1,800 test centers.

CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways — through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work. CLEP exam-takers include adults just entering or returning to school, military service members and traditional college students.


  • Video Transcript

    (Lower Third @ 0:06)

    Richard L. Crothers / Assistant Academic Advisor / St. Leo University, VA

    “The biggest benefit of the CLEP Program is that you can walk into any of the CLEP testing centers across the nation, sit down for like an hour and half and walk out the door with college credit.”


    (Lower Third @ 0:20)

    Charles Cress Colbert / Testing Coordinator / University of Wisconsin La Crosse, WI

    “Students who do well in a CLEP exam and get credit, their interest is peaked and they will often go on to take a course at a higher level in that same subject area and they tend to do better.”


    (Lower Third @ 0:30)

    Sharon Ercy / Testing Coordinator / Western Kentucky University, KY

    “In 90 minutes they can take a test and get out of a course [when] the only other way they can get out of it is to take a class for 16 weeks.”


    (Lower Third @ 0:39)

    Chantel Reynolds / Senior Assessment Manager / Southwestern Region

    “A student who takes a CLEP exam is saying and demonstrating that they have the same knowledge and skills right now as a student who completed a full 16 week course in that subject.”


    (Lower Third @ 0:51)

    Joleen Reynolds / Director of Testing Services / University of San Antonio, TX

    “We combine what they already have, build upon that foundation through CLEP, and then give them some scaffolding for some new learning.” 


    (Lower Third @ 1:03)

    Cindy Sproehnle / Assessment Center Director / Gateway Community & Technical College, KY

    “The ability to earn college credit for about a tenth the cost of a college class is an incredible value.”





    (Lower Third @ 1:09)

    Lynne Nelson / Manager of External Testing & Operations / Mercer County Community College, NJ

    “Often the textbook costs more than the CLEP exam.” 


    (Female speaker @ 1:15)

    “Hey if you have this knowledge and you can exhibit it and at this time and this time, 90 minutes, it’s a huge advantage.”


    (Lynne Nelson @ 1:21)

    “It’s the best monetary deal around.”


    (Lower Third @ 1:27)

    Cheryl Downey-Eber / Manager / Missouri University of Science & Technology, MO

    “If you have the knowledge and you have the skills, it’s another great way to earn college credit.”


    (Richard L. Crothers @ 1:33)

    “Come in and take the test and advance your career.”


    (Lower Third @ 1:38)

    Debbie Thompson / Director / Triangle Education Assessments, NC

    “Public, private, or home school – it doesn’t matter, go ahead and take the CLEP test and get the college credits for it.”


    (Joleen Reynolds @ 1:44)

    “Let’s get you your college credit and let’s move you forward.” 

    Benefits of CLEP

    Watch CLEP in Action!

  • Kaitlyn O. Rawlings


    Thomas Edison State College

    "I earned over 40 credits through CLEP and completed my entire BA in English in just a year and a half"
  • Jeffrey R. Worsham


    University of Oklahoma

    "CLEP saved me a year of college and over $10,000!"
  • Megan Melton


    Front Range Community College

    "As a full-time student, mom and employee, my time is very tight."
  • Alexis Youngblood


    Rock Valley Community College

    "[CLEP] saved me approximately $570, which went toward a new laptop."
  • Abe Sanchez


    Texas A&M International University

    "CLEP truly rewards you for what you know."
  • Shane Baumgardner


    Home School

    "CLEP has saved me money, time and given me an opportunity to learn and retain the subject matter."
  • John C. Donaldson


    Hennepin Technical College

    "CLEP testing has helped me to save money, time and energy."
  • Cindi Baumgardner


    Home School

    "CLEP made all the difference."

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The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities  and administered in more than 1,800 test centers. This rigorous program allows students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.

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  • Thomas Klincar

    Central Texas College

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  • A Proven College Completion Tool

    Watch CLEP in Action!

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  • Anthony G. Dotson

    Veterans Res. Ctr. Coordinator

    University of Kentucky

    Testimonial Source: 

    "I’m a huge proponent of CLEP, in fact I CLEP’ed my freshman year of college. I encourage all incoming veterans to consider taking CLEP prior to their arrival at UK. Especially if they have not left active duty, as the exams are at no cost to them. CLEP can allow these nontraditional students to enter college a little better prepared and not as far behind their traditional student peers."

  • Cindy Sproehnle

    Assessment Center Director

    Gateway Community & Technical College

    Testimonial Source: 

    "CLEP testing is a valuable resource and tremendous opportunity for students to earn college credit for what they already have learned! I've always encouraged our community-college students to take advantage of this opportunity. My children, friends and relatives have also benefitted from taking CLEP exams, and are now great believers in CLEP exams and their benefits!"

  • Sharon Ercey

    Testing Coordinator

    Western Kentucky University

    Testimonial Source: 

    "Why is it that WKU administers more CLEP tests and awards more credit than any other institution in Kentucky? The answer is quite simple: The testing center actively searches for any opportunity to promote CLEP on campus, in the community and throughout the state. We offer presentations to campus advisors, parents of incoming freshmen, high school guidance counselors and anyone else who will listen! WKU’s generous CLEP policy, accepting credit for 32 exams, having a flexible testing schedule with online registration and on-site testing for regional campuses, and having a genuine interest in helping students succeed in college make our CLEP program a wonderful success story."

  • Tammy Duddy

    Coordinator of Testing Services

    University of Louisville

    Testimonial Source: 

    I love the opportunity CLEP provides to the students at the University of Louisville. They can finish their education in a more timely fashion, but also much more economically when they use CLEP to earn credit towards their degrees. My goal, every year, is to increase the awareness of CLEP to our students!"

  • Sparkle Raymond

    Test Center Administrator

    Northern Virginia Community College

    Testimonial Source: 

    "As a test center administrator, it has been a complete joy to witness students who otherwise would not have the funds necessary to work toward a degree program. Because of CLEP's many locations and cost factor, it has made it convenient for students worldwide to work towards completing a degree in record time."

  • Peggy Hawk

    Test Center Administrator

    Pikes Peak Community College

    Testimonial Source: 

    "As an administrator of CLEP exams, nothing is more satisfying than to have a student pass the test and tell me it was the last credit they needed to graduate from college. In many cases, both the student and I have shed tears of joy. It is great to know that what you do has such a profound impact on these individuals."

  • Sue Schmitz


    Hennepin Technical College

    Testimonial Source: 

    Offering CLEP shows a true commitment to student success.

  • Lisa Haydon

    Academic Advisor and Director of PLA

    Dominican University of California

    Testimonial Source: 

    "At Dominican University of California we have found CLEP to be an invaluable tool that helps save students money, honors their prior life learning, and inspires them to meet their academic goals."

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