About Your Score

How the CLEP Exams Are Scored

Multiple-choice tests are scored by a computer.

Essays written for the College Composition exam are graded by two or more college English professors from two- and four-year institutions, who are carefully selected and trained by the College Board. That essay grade is combined with the multiple-choice score, and the result is reported as a scaled score.

Optional essays for CLEP composition and literature exams are evaluated and graded by the colleges that require them, rather than by the College Board. If you take an optional essay, it will be sent to your designated institutions accompanied by a copy of your score report (which includes results of the multiple-choice section).

Access 2016-17 CLEP College Composition Scoring and Mailing Dates.

Computing Scores

On CLEP tests, you receive one point for each correct answer. Points aren't deducted for wrong or skipped answers. This means that you should do your best to supply an answer for each question on a CLEP exam.

What Your Score Means

Your score report shows the total scaled score for each exam you took. Total scaled scores fall between 20 and 80. For more information, access the What Your Score Means document. (.pdf/609KB)

Receiving Your Scores

Normally, you'll receive your score report instantly — with the exception of the College Composition with Essay, which takes three to four weeks to deliver.

Sending Score Reports to Your Colleges or Employer

When you register for a CLEP exam in My Account, you can indicate the college, employer or certifying agency that you want to receive your CLEP test scores. There's no cost for the first transcript request — your exam fee covers it. If you haven't decided by the time you take the test which institution you want to receive your scores, leave that part blank.

Obtaining CLEP Transcripts

If you did not indicate a score recipient institution at the time of your exam and you want to request your CLEP scores, you can do so by ordering a CLEP transcript (.pdf/480KB). This transcript is a cumulative score report of the CLEP exams you have taken and the scores you have earned in the last 20 years. You can choose which CLEP scores to be included in the transcript.

Obtaining CLEP Transcripts for Military Personnel

If you are military personnel or took a CLEP exam when you were in the military, please complete the Military Transcript/Score Report Order Form to obtain your CLEP exam scores.

A military transcript will include all scores for CLEP computer-based exams taken by service members at DANTES military test centers after January 1, 2004. 

Canceling Scores

If you don't want your scores reported, at the end of the exam, select the option to not be scored. Be aware: there's no way to cancel your scores once you've seen your instant score report. Also, there is no way to retrieve your score once you cancel it.