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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 exams help 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

    CLEP Video Script

    CLEP is the fast track to your educational future.

    It saves you time and money by granting you credit for what you know.


    Offered at over 1800 test centers and accepted by over 2900 universities worldwide, CLEP covers 33 subjects at just $80 per exam.

    CLEP is for high school, college, homeschool, military, all ages. CLEP is for everyone.

    Join over three million students who have found success with CLEP.



    CLEP is for Everyone

    CLEP is the fast track to your educational future.

  • 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."

  • 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.” 

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  • 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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