Test Center Requirements

Guidelines for CLEP Test Centers

CLEP welcomes institutions as test centers that can meet the following requirements:

  • Accredited by a recognized educational agency or association.
  • Located in a geographic area that is currently underserved by other CLEP testing centers.
  • Willing to serve as an "open" test center so that students from outside your institution, including military service personnel, can have access to CLEP.
  • Able to administer a minimum of 50 CLEP exams per year.
  • Has a designated room for testing that can be secured.
  • Able to supply the required equipment, space, and staff for delivering CLEP exams. No minimum number of testing workstations is required.
  • Meet the iBT Test Delivery Requirements (.pdf/119KB) for installing the necessary CLEP software and administering CLEP exams.
  • Has a designated professional to maintain test security during CLEP exam administration.
  • Provide dedicated proctoring.
  • Able to start testing within 45 days of setting up the CLEP iBT testing environment.

Staff Qualification Requirements

One of the first steps in organizing a CLEP test center is the selection of a Primary Test Center Administrator (TCA) to manage and administer the overall testing program, although not necessarily to act as on-site supervisor. Much of the success of any institution's CLEP testing program is due to the efforts of the Primary TCA. The CLEP Primary TCA functions as a vital link between the testing program and the faculty, administrators, and students. He or she must hold a bachelor's degree and may not be involved as an instructor or student in any courses, workshops, or tutoring activities that involve test questions similar in content to those in the CLEP exams. He or she should also have familiarity with administering standardized exams.