What Classes Can You CLEP Out Of?


What are CLEP exams?

CLEP exams allow students to earn credit by passing a test for required general education college courses that they typically take during their freshman and sophomore years. Some colleges and universities accept CLEP credit for courses in a student's major or to meet prerequisites for more advanced courses. 34 CLEP exams are available in five areas of study: history and social sciences, science and math, composition and literature, world languages and business.

Nearly 3,000 schools accept CLEP exams as a means of earning college credit. Policies regarding the number of credits a student may earn via CLEP exams and minimum scores for each test vary by school.

CLEP exams list

  • History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
  • History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
  • American Government
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • College Composition
  • College Composition Modular
  • English Literature
  • American Literature
  • Humanities
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • College Mathematics
  • Precalculus
  • Information Systems
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • French Levels 1 and 2
  • German Levels 1 and 2
  • Spanish Levels 1 and 2
  • Spanish with Writing 1 and 2

How do I take a CLEP exam?

  • Check the CLEP policies for the school you wish to or have been accepted to attend.
  • Choose the CLEP exams you would like to take.
  • Register online to take your exams at one of 2,000 official CLEP testing centers offered by the College Board. Each test is approximately 90 to 120 minutes long.
  • Pay the fee for the CLEP exam. The cost of each exam is $89. If you're a military service member, you are eligible for free exams.
  • 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 this table:

CLEP exams list 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,
Introductory Psychology,
Introductory Sociology,
Principles of Macroeconomics,
Principles of Microeconomics,
Social Sciences and History
Composition & Literature Analyzing and Interpreting Literature,
College Composition,
College Composition Modular,
English Literature,
American Literature,
Science Chemistry,
Natural Sciences
College Algebra,
College Mathematics,
Business Information Systems,
Introductory Business Law,
Financial Accounting,
Principles of Management,
Principles of Marketing
World Languages French Levels 1 and 2,
German Levels 1 and 2,
Spanish Levels 1 and 2
Spanish Writing Levels 1 and 2
  • Take a practice CLEP practice test. Utilize the official free sources offered by the College Board.
  • Get a good night's sleep, hydrate properly, exercise proper nutrition.
  • Show up early and bring all tools necessary (for example a graphing or scientific calculator)
  • Manage stress and utilize good testing strategies.
  • Get your scores. Most exams will have the score available to you at the testing center at the conclusion of the test (except for exams with essays). You can view the essay test results on your CLEP account portal online. Schools can get paper copies mailed directly to them or have the option of choosing Electronic Score Reporting. You get one free report send and each additional report is $20.

By taking College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, you can earn college credit for a fraction of what it costs to take courses. Read on to learn about CLEP test-taking strategies and test-prep resources so you are prepared to ace your tests and save money on your way to a college degree.

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