What is the CLEP Exam - College Level Examination Program?

Beth Dumbauld

What is the CLEP Exam or the College Level Examination Program?

CLEP is the College Level Examination Program. The CollegeBoard offers 33 exams in a variety of subject matters which can help you receive college credit for what you already know.

CLEP exams are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Composition
  • Literature
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • Science
  • Math
  • Business

Currently, over 2,900 colleges offer credits earned through CLEP, though each school sets its own CLEP policy. It is advisable to ask ahead if your college will accept CLEP results.

CLEP exams are approximately 90 minutes long, with the exception of College Composition, which takes 120 minutes. Exams contain mainly multiple-choice questions. College Composition and a few other CLEP exams contain essays.

Individuals can take a CLEP exam at one of more than 1,700 tests centers and college campuses around the world. Exam schedules and registration deadlines are set by each individual test centers. To find a testing center near you, use the College Board: http://clep.collegeboard.org/search/test-centers.

What is the CLEP Exam

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