Introduce Students to CLEP
CLEP can be a valuable tool in your arsenal for advising students who want to advance to more challenging courses, meet graduation requirements, or overcome financial challenges and stay enrolled. Here’s how to help students get the most out of their education.
Step 1: Become familiar with your institutions CLEP policy.
Before talking to students, you should know the basics of your institution's CLEP policy so that you can give complete and accurate information. Each institution can develop its own CLEP policies to align with the institution’s overall academic mission. CLEP and the American Council of Education (ACE) provide recommendations and guidelines for setting and administering policies, as well as immediate notification of exam scores to expedite credit-granting decisions.
Use the following questions to help you assess your familiarity with CLEP at your institution:
- Which CLEP exams does your institution recognize for credit?
- What is the score required on a CLEP exam in order for students to earn credit?
- How much credit is granted for each exam?
- Are there any conditions or prerequisites set by your college for students to earn credit through CLEP?
- What is the course equivalent for each exam?
- Is your CLEP policy available in written form, such as in a brochure or flyer?
- Is your CLEP policy included in your college catalog, website, or other recruitment literature?
- Is your institution a CLEP test center? If so, what is the testing schedule?
- If your institution is not a CLEP test center, do you know where the closest ones to you are located? Visit the CLEP test center search to find a center.
If you don't know the answers to these questions, speak with the department on your campus that handles CLEP testing or score posting.
Step 2: Establish CLEP advocates on your campus.
Ensuring that students receive timely and accurate information about credit-by-examination options, including CLEP, requires the collaboration of faculty and staff in various departments of your campus. Share the benefits of CLEP with: Department Chairs, Deans, Faculty; Academic Advisors; Continuing Education Advisors; International Student Advisors; Admissions Officers; Financial Aid Officers; Registrars; and Test Center Administrators. During orientation, include CLEP promotional materials in your information packets. Free CLEP brochures, posters, and materials can be ordered online.
Step 3: Encourage recruiters to share CLEP Policy.
Before orientation, encourage recruiters to share information about your CLEP policy while visiting high schools or hosting on-campus open houses. Include a copy of your institution's CLEP policy in the admissions and orientation mailings to accepted applicants.
Step 4: Assess your students’ testing needs.
If your institution is a test center, or plans to become a test center, you have the benefit of recruiting examinees who are interested in taking CLEP exams in your campus. Introduce students to the Information for Candidates bulletin. In addition, instantaneous score reporting will make credit decisions simple and fast.
Learn about advising specific types of students:
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70% of CLEP test-takers said their CLEP credits made a difference in their ability to finance tuition and other fees.
91% of CLEP test-takers said CLEP made a difference in helping them complete their degrees.
92% of institutions offer PLA credits to provide a time-saving avenue for degree completion.
More than 50% of PLA students earned a degree in seven years, compared to 21% of non-PLA students.
Students who receive credit-by-examination through CLEP for an introductory course are much more likely to earn an A or B in subsequent courses than students who complete the introductory course.
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