Get Started With CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. Earn qualifying scores on any of the 33 introductory-level college subject examinations and accelerate your education. The 90-minute exams, which cost $80 each, are administered at 1,800 test centers, and 2,900 colleges and universities.

Five Main Steps to Taking the CLEP Exam:

Step 1

Find out your institution's CLEP credit policy.

To find out if your institution accepts CLEP, use the Institution Search tool. Each institution sets its own policy: It decides which CLEP exams it will grant credit for and how many credits it will award. So talk to your admissions officer, academic advisor or test center administrator to learn more about your institution’s CLEP Policy.

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Step 2

Decide which exam(s) to take.

Read the exam descriptions of all 33 exams to find the right one for you. Then, get more details and try sample exam questions.

For military service members: Effective December 11, 2010, DANTES does not fund retesting on a previously funded CLEP exam. However, service members may personally fund a retest after waiting six months. Read more about CLEP for Military.

Step 3

Register to take an exam.

You can create and manage your personal account through the My Account registration portal. The registration platform will allow you to register for a CLEP exam 24/7, manage your personal information any time prior to taking the exam, search for test centers, select your score recipient institution, and purchase study materials. Please Note: All exam and study material purchases are non-refundable. Once you register, make sure to print your registration ticket to present to the test center on test day. Register today!

Step 4

Schedule test day with your test center.

CLEP exams are administered throughout the year at over 1,800 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Once you find a conveniently located test center, contact them directly about registration and scheduling.

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Step 5

Prepare for your exam(s).

Several study materials and resources are available to help you prepare for CLEP exam(s). Access CLEP Exam Guides, The Official CLEP Study Guide and other study resources.