Promote CLEP to Students

Learn how to help students discover the benefits of CLEP as they plan for college.


  • Educate parents and students about the benefits of CLEP.

    Share information about CLEP with students and parents during college planning and financial aid discussions. Share the compelling cost and time savings of a CLEP exam when compared to tuition in a college course.

  • Show parents and students how to understand colleges' CLEP policies so they can factor CLEP into their college planning.

    Before registering for a CLEP exam, students should search for an institution's CLEP policy to determine if the school they will attend grants credit for CLEP exams.

  • Explain how to register for CLEP exams.

    Students can register for CLEP exams online and then schedule their testing appointment with their preferred test center. If your school will be administering CLEP exams, be sure to provide schedule information to participating students.

  • Pay for students to take CLEP exams by ordering and distributing vouchers.

    Students must register themselves for CLEP exams, but schools and districts can pay their registration fees by ordering vouchers from the College Board. Students use the vouchers in lieu of their payment when they register.

  • Point students toward resources for practice and preparation.

    Students can take advantage of free practice materials and online study resources to get acquainted with the types of questions that are available on a CLEP exam.

    To prepare for the CLEP exam, students can also purchase a subject-specific CLEP Examination Guide (PDF) or the CLEP Official Study Guide (book), which contains sample items on all 34 CLEP exams. The CLEP Study Guide App is also a helpful on-the-go resource.

  • Help students explore exams.

    Consider guiding students to take CLEP exams that complement their knowledge base. Compare the content of CLEP exams to course curricula to identify alignment and gaps.

    Consider recommending CLEP exams to:

    • Students in honors, advanced, or gifted classes, where the content matches.
    • Students who miss the AP exam, where content matches.
    • Students who are native or heritage speakers of Spanish, French, or German.
    • Students taking subjects not available through AP (e.g., College Algebra, Precalculus, and Sociology).
  • Open a test center.

    Many high schools choose to open their own test centers to make CLEP testing more accessible for their students. In-school testing eliminates transportation issues and other barriers, and helps students avoid the administration fees typically charged by college and university test centers.

  • Use free materials to promote CLEP.

    Download helpful resources and materials to promote CLEP to your students.