CLEP Students Are More Likely to Graduate
Passing a CLEP exam correlates to a 5.5% increase in degree completion. This effect is notably strong for student groups who traditionally struggle to graduate:
- Students at two-year colleges
- Students in the military
- Students age 25 or older
- First-generation college-going students
- Underrepresented students
CLEP Students Perform Better Academically
CLEP students have significantly higher GPAs than non-CLEP students, when controlling for demographics and prior achievement.
Better Course Performance
Students who earn credit through CLEP perform as well or better in subsequent courses as their peers who took the introductory course.
Boost Degree Completion
In addition to improved completion rates, on average, students who take prior learning assessments such as CLEP earn their degrees faster.
Shorter Time to Degree
Adult students who earned 12 or more college credits through prior learning assessments (PLA) like CLEP saved 9–14 months earning their degrees, compared to non-PLA students.
Among Hispanic students, PLA increased the likelihood of degree completion by 24%, compared to students who didn't take PLA.
Significant Cost Savings
An adult student who earns 15 CLEP credits to apply toward a degree could save nearly $5,000 at the average public four-year institution and more than $17,000 at the average private nonprofit institution.