CLEP at Orientation

Explore the benefits of offering CLEP exams during orientation.

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Help Your Students Get Started During Orientation

CLEP offers your students an academic head start. By earning credit through any of 33 examinations during orientation, capable students can satisfy their introductory requirements and move into upper-level coursework sooner.

Offering CLEP testing during orientation also benefits your institution in the following ways.

CLEP Seals the Deal for Incoming Students

According to a College Board survey of CLEP candidates (.pdf/111 KB), 62 percent of students not currently enrolled say that the CLEP policies of the institutions they were considering would affect their decision to enroll.

CLEP Increases Access for Other Entering Students

CLEP maximizes enrollment by allowing students to advance to more challenging courses, opening availability in introductory courses. CLEP encourages greater student persistence toward a degree.

Access the Academic Success in Higher Education (.pdf/3 MB) brochure to find more data on how CLEP helps students succeed.

CLEP Helps Students Move Ahead Right from the Start

A study conducted by The Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (.pdf/3 MB) indicates that students who took CLEP exams to earn bachelor’s degrees saved between 2.5 and 10.1 months of time in earning their degrees, compared to students that did not take prior learning assessments like CLEP.

Access the Academic Success in Higher Education (.pdf/3 MB) brochure to find more data on how CLEP helps students succeed.

How to Promote CLEP to Incoming Students

Before Orientation

  • Encourage recruiters to share information about your CLEP policy while visiting high schools or hosting on-campus open houses. To update your CLEP policy, log in to the CLEP Resource Center and click on Forms—Policy Form. If you have never logged in to the CLEP Resource Center or are unsure of your user name and password, you can request access by emailing clep@collegeboard.org. Please include “CLEP Resource Center access request” in the subject line and provide your name, title, institution, and email address.
  • Include a copy of your institution’s CLEP policy in the admission and orientation mailings to admitted applicants.
  • Make sure academic departments, academic support services, and financial aid are aware of CLEP's benefits, so that they can advise incoming students. Schedule meetings or presentations with staff and/or distribute handouts.

During Orientation

  • Include CLEP information in your orientation packets. Order the Information for Test Takers bulletin (.pdf/1.3 MB) and download other CLEP materials.
  • Order a free CLEP Tabling Kit and sponsor an exhibit at your orientation fair.
  • If you have a test center, set up special testing times for students during orientation week.
  • Feature your test center on campus tours and on your orientation website.
  • If you don't have a CLEP test center on campus, use the test center search to determine the location of the center that is closest to your campus.