Testing Out of College Courses with CLEP Exams
CLEP exams allow students to earn credit for required general education college courses that they typically take during their freshman and sophomore years. Some colleges and universities may accept CLEP credit for courses in a student's major or to meet prerequisites for more advanced courses. Thirty-three CLEP exams are available in five areas of study: history and social sciences, science and math, composition and literature, world languages and business.
CLEP Exams by General Subject Area
|Subject Area||Exam Name|
|History||History of the United States I, |
History of the United States II,
Western Civilization I,
Western Civilization II
|Social Sciences|| American Government, |
Human Growth and Development,
Introduction to Educational Psychology,
Principles of Macroeconomics,
Principles of Microeconomics,
Social Sciences and History
|Composition & Literature||Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, |
College Composition Modular,
|Science|| Chemistry, |
|Business||Information Systems, |
Introductory Business Law,
Principles of Management,
Principles of Marketing
|World Languages|| French Levels 1 and 2, |
German Levels 1 and 2,
Spanish Levels 1 and 2
Nearly 3,000 schools accept CLEP exams as a means of earning college credit. Polices regarding the number of credits a student may earn via CLEP exams and minimum scores for each test varies by school.
How to Take CLEP Exams
- Check the CLEP policies at your school.
- Choose which CLEP exams you would like to take. The cost of each exam is $85, as of July 2017.
- Register online to take your exams at one of 1,900 official test centers. Each test is approximately 90 to 120 minutes long.
- Prepare for your CLEP exam. Study.com offers online prep courses that help students, through video lessons and quizzes, ready themselves for the most popular CLEP exams. Explore some of the lessons available in these prep courses using the links in the table above.