How to Open a Test Center
Follow the steps below to establish a test center on your campus. If you have questions or concerns at any point during the process, please contact us at 800-257-9558, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Request a Username and Password to the CLEP Resource Center
As part of the application process, you'll need to access password-protected forms and documents in the CLEP Resource Center. To request a username and password, send an e-mail to email@example.com; include "CLEP Resource Center password" in the subject line. Once you have received your log-in information, you can access the forms and documents through the links below.
Step 2: Complete and Submit an Online Application
Before filling out an application, you must first identify a Primary Test Center Administrator (PTCA) for your testing location. The PTCA actively manages the overall testing program and procedures, although not necessarily acting as an on-site supervisor or administering the exams. The PTCA should have a bachelor's degree and experience administering standardized tests.
After identifying the PTCA, complete and submit the test center application.
Step 3: Complete the Required Documentation
If your application meets all of the requirements, your site will be assigned a four-digit test center code, which will be emailed to you along with instructions for completing the following additional documentation. Please keep a paper copy of all documents for your records.
Return the documents listed below by mail or fax, as indicated in the document instructions.
Print, fill out and mail the CLEP iBT Agreement and the Test Center Security Compliance Checklist documents, with the appropriate signatures. You must log into the password-protected CLEP Resource Center to access both documents.
Step 4: Schedule Test Center CLEP iBT Implementation
Once CLEP receives the documents described above you will receive an email requesting completion of an online form to specify PTCA contact information and selection of your Test Center's CLEP iBT implementation date.
Step 5: Train Your Test Center Staff
A few weeks prior to your test center’s CLEP iBT implementation date, your Primary TCA will receive an email with information and instructions on accessing the online CLEP iBT eLearning System for training and certification of test center staff. When all TCAs at your test center have completed their eLearning certification, your site will be ready to move forward to the certification process for your computers.
Note: CLEP does not allow students enrolled in undergraduate programs to proctor tests or to be involved with the CLEP exam administration in any way.
Step 6: Review iBT Technical Requirements
When you have been certified in the CLEP eLearning training, you will receive an email containing your credentials for the iBT CLEP application and instruction on how to access the iBT Bundler software package. It is a good idea to work with your site technical support staff in reviewing the iBT Test Delivery Requirements, Test Center Technical Configuration Guidelines and iBT implementation instructions.
Step 7: Implement CLEP iBT
On the date confirmed for your test center’s iBT implementation and activation, follow the steps outlined in communications from ETS for downloading and executing the iBT Bundle. Work with ETS Technical Support as needed. Upon completion of the installation of all test center components, run the Round Trip and demo tests as described in the iBT Handbook. Contact ETS Technical Support to activate your test center for CLEP exam administration.
Step 8: Promote and Open Your Test Center
Let your students know about CLEP by featuring your testing schedule and credit-granting policy on your institution’s website, in the college catalog, and in other printed resources. Update your institution’s policy information by completing the Policy Form. You can also download free promotional materials such as posters, brochures and advising kits. Learn more about promoting your test center.
70% of CLEP test-takers said their CLEP credits made a difference in their ability to finance tuition and other fees.
91% of CLEP test-takers said CLEP made a difference in helping them complete their degrees.
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More than 50% of PLA students earned a degree in seven years, compared to 21% of non-PLA students.
Students who receive credit-by-examination through CLEP for an introductory course are much more likely to earn an A or B in subsequent courses than students who complete the introductory course.
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