How to Open a Test Center

Follow these steps to establish a test center on your campus.

Request Access to the CLEP Resource Center.


  1. Request a username and password to the CLEP Resource Center.

    You can request a username and password by completing the CLEP Resource Center Account Request Form. (The blue box to the right contains the same link.) Once you receive your log-in information, you'll have access to password-protected forms and documents.


  2. Complete and submit the test center application.

    Before filling out an application, identify a Primary Test Center Administrator (PTCA) who will manage the overall testing program at your site. The PTCA should have a bachelor's degree and experience administering standardized tests.

  3. Complete the required documentation.

    If your application meets all of the requirements, your site will be emailed a four-digit test center code along with instructions for completing and returning additional documentation. Keep a paper copy of all documents for your records.

    Log in to the CLEP Resource Center to print the CLEP Agreement and the Test Center Security Compliance Checklist, with the appropriate signatures. Email the completed documents indicated in the instructions.

  4. Schedule test center CLEP implementation.

    Once CLEP receives the required documents, you'll receive an email asking you to complete an online form specifying PTCA contact information and your test center's CLEP implementation date.

  5. Train your test center staff.

    Prior to your test center's CLEP implementation date, your PTCA will receive an email with information on accessing the CLEP eLearning System for training and certification of test center staff.

    When your TCAs have completed their certification, your site can move forward to the certification process for your computers.

    Note: CLEP doesn't allow students enrolled in undergraduate programs to proctor tests or to be involved with the CLEP exam administration.

  6. Meet testing room staff requirements.

    CLEP requires TCAs and proctors be provided in the following proportions per testing room at each administration:

    • 1–15 candidates require one staff member (one PTCA or TCA).
    • 16–30 candidates require two staff members (one PTCA or TCA and one TCA or proctor).
    • 31–50 candidates require three staff members (one PTCA or TCA and two TCAs or proctors).
    • 51–80 candidates require four staff members (one PTCA or TCA and three TCAs or proctors).
  7. Review technical requirements.

    You'll receive an email with your credentials for the CLEP application and instruction on how to access the software package. Be sure to work with your site's technical support staff in reviewing the test delivery requirements, test center technical configuration guidelines, and implementation instructions.

  8. Implement CLEP with ETS technical support.

    On the date of your test center's implementation, follow ETS's steps for downloading and executing the package. Once complete, run the Round Trip and demo tests as described in the handbook. Contact ETS technical support to activate your test center for CLEP exam administration.

  9. Promote CLEP to your students.

    Let your students know about CLEP by downloading or ordering free promotional materials such as posters, brochures, and advising kits.