About CLEP

The College Level Examination Program

The College Level Examination Program is the most trusted credit by examination program by colleges in the United States. For over 40 years students have been taking CLEP exams and earning college credit. Today more than 2,900 colleges and universities accept CLEP exams for college credit. Students are allowed to demonstrate their proficiency in lower level college subjects and earn college credit.

There are currently 33 CLEP exams. They are administered at more than 1,800 examination centers nationwide. Most examination centers are on college campuses. The cost of an examination is $80 plus a sitting fee which is paid to the testing university. The total cost for a single CLEP exam is usually around $100.

CLEP exams are developed and sponsored by the College Board. However, individual colleges decide which exams they will accept along with how much credit and what kind of credit they will award. A passing score is usually 50, however this may vary by college and subject. Generally there is no difference on a college transcript between a passing score and a very high score.

CLEP exams are 90 minutes and have around 100 questions. Some exams require additional essays. Testing is done via computer. For the college algebra exam, an on-screen virtual calculator is provided. If you fail a CLEP exam (a score of less than 50) you can retake the exam after 3 months.

Current Exams

Composition and Literature

These exams may require an additional essay.
American Literature - 3 credits
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature - 3 credits
College Composition - 6 credits
English Literature - 3 credits
Humanities - 3 credits
World Languages
French Level 1 - 6 credits
French Level 2 - 9 credits
German Level 1 - 6 credits
German Level 2 - 9 credits
Spanish Level 1 - 6 credits
Spanish Level 2 - 9 credits
History and Social Sciences
American Government - 3 credits
History of the United States I - 3 credits
History of the United States II - 3 credits
Human Growth and Development - 3 credits
Introduction to Educational Psychology - 3 credits
Introductory Psychology - 3 credits
Introductory Sociology - 3 credits
Social Sciences and History - 6 credits
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 - 3 credits
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present - 3 credits
Science and Mathematics
Biology - 6 credits
Calculus - 3 credits
Chemistry - 6 credits
College Algebra - 3 credits
College Mathematics - 3 credits
Natural Sciences - 6 credits
Precalculus - 3 credits
Financial Accounting - 6 credits
Information Systems - 3 credits
Introductory Business Law - 3 credits
Principles of Management - 3 credits
Principles of Marketing - 3 credits
Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 credits
Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credits
Credits are listed as a guideline only. Individual colleges decide which CLEP exams they will accept, how much credit to award, and how to award it (which course number it will satisfy).

University Master offers free online courses in some of the above subjects. Take our courses for free, take the associated CLEP exam, receive college credit. It's that easy.

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