CLEP Passing Scores
CLEP test scores range from 20 to 80 points, with 50 being the minimum passing score suggested by the American Council on Education (ACE) for most tests. However, each of the colleges and universities accepting CLEP tests sets its own minimum exam scores for granting semester-hour credits.
Exam Scoring Methods
CLEP exams typically consist of multiple-choice questions. The College Composition and College Composition Modular exams also include a required essay component, while a few other tests, such as the American Literature exam, give you the option of completing an essay.
For multiple-choice questions, scores are calculated by computer and include no penalty for wrong or unanswered questions. College Composition essays are reviewed and scored by at least two English professors, who award between one and six points depending on your ability to develop a well-organized argument that includes plenty of supporting details.
Test takers receive scores for multiple-choice exams immediately after taking the test. College Composition exam scores are available about a month after the test.
If you complete the College Composition Modular exam or an exam with an optional essay, your response will be sent, un-scored, with results from the multiple-choice questions to your school of choice.
Tips for Studying and Taking CLEP Exams
As with every standardized test, proper preparation is the key to success on a CLEP exam.
- Start by finding out your school's CLEP requirements to determine what exams they accept for college credit and their minimum passing scores. If you're currently applying to colleges, you might also look for schools that award credit for CLEP exams.
- Next, review how CLEP tests are delivered. It's important to know what you need to do to take a CLEP exam as well as how the entire process works.
- Proper study techniques are important to get you ready for test day. Learn how to schedule, plan and prioritize your study time to make it effective.
- All of your preparation is great; however, you need to make sure you're really ready for test day by staying organized, getting enough rest, and minimizing the stress involved with testing.
CLEP Study Guides
Once you've determined which CLEP exams you want or need to take, the materials you use can make a big difference to maximizing your scoring potential. The following courses are not only designed specifically based on the CLEP exams, but also contain several helpful features to get you ready for test day. The short lesson quizzes and full course exams allow you to test your knowledge and info retention as well as get you familiar with computerized testing strategies. A printable worksheet lets you test yourself offline to keep you sharp for test day.
- CLEP English Literature Study Guide
- CLEP American Literature Study Guide
- CLEP College Composition Study Guide
- CLEP Analyzing & Interpreting Literature Study Guide
- CLEP College Mathematics Study Guide
- CLEP College Algebra Study Guide
- CLEP Precalculus Study Guide
- CLEP Calculus Study Guide
Social Science, History & Humanities Exams
- CLEP Introductory Psychology Study Guide
- CLEP Educational Psychology Study Guide
- CLEP Human Growth & Development Study Guide
- CLEP Humanities Study Guide
- CLEP Social Sciences & History Study Guide
- CLEP Western Civilization I Study Guide
- CLEP Western Civilization II Study Guide
- CLEP History of the United States I Study Guide
- CLEP History of the United States II Study Guide
- CLEP American Government Study Guide