Test Center Requirements
Guidelines for CLEP Test Centers
CLEP welcomes test centers that can meet the following requirements:
- If housed at an institution of higher education or a secondary school, is accredited by a recognized educational agency or association.
- If housed at a testing center, business, foundation or non-profit organization, has a history of providing computer-based testing services and has been accepted by a known computer-based testing organization.
- Does not currently provide test prep services and does not plan to offer these services in the future.
- Able to administer a minimum of 50 CLEP exams per year.
- Has a designated room for testing that can be secured.
- Able to supply the required equipment, space, and eligible staff for delivering CLEP exams. No minimum number of testing workstations is required.
- Meet the Test Delivery Requirements (.pdf/119KB) for installing the necessary CLEP software and administering CLEP exams.
- Has a designated professional to administer CLEP exams and maintain test security during CLEP exam administration.
- Provides dedicated proctoring.
- Able to start testing within 45 days of setting up the CLEP testing environment.
Staff Qualification Requirements
One of the first steps in organizing a CLEP test center is selecting a Primary Test Center Administrator (TCA) to manage and administer the overall testing program, although not necessarily to act as on-site supervisor. The CLEP Primary TCA functions as a vital link between the testing program and the faculty, administrators, and students. He or she must hold a bachelor's degree and may not be involved as an instructor or student in any courses, workshops, or tutoring activities that involve content or test questions similar to those in the CLEP exams. He or she should also have familiarity with administering standardized exams.
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.
92% of institutions offer PLA credits to provide a time-saving avenue for degree completion.
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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