What Is CLEP?

What is CLEP?

The CLEP exams (College-Level Examination Program) measure a person's knowledge of college-level material for more than 30 specific subjects and allow test-takers to earn college credit. These exams can benefit continuing education students, military personnel, and college students.

Exams take between 90 to 120 minutes to complete and each one is $85. The test is free for individuals serving in the military.

Why take a CLEP exam?

Earning college credit by taking a CLEP exam allows you to reduce the amount of time and money spent earning a degree. Over 2,900 universities and colleges accept CLEP credits. Aside from higher education institutions, CLEP exams are also administered at over 1,800 test centers.

What are the CLEP subjects?

The College Board offers 33 CLEP exams in several subject areas. You need to check your institution's CLEP credit policy to determine the exams that are acceptable and how many credits you can get. The table below lists the exams by subject:

CLEP SubjectExams
History & Social SciencesAmerican Government, History of the U.S. I & II, Western Civilization I & II, Human Growth and Development, Intro to Educational Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, and Social Sciences and History
Composition & LiteratureCollege Composition, College Composition Modular, American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, English Literature, and Humanities
Science & MathBiology, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, College Mathematics, College Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus
BusinessFinancial Accounting, Information Systems, Introductory Business Law, Principles of Management, and Principles of Marketing
World LanguagesFrench, German and Spanish

How to register for a CLEP exam

You can register for a CLEP exam with the College Board, or you can contact a testing center. The CLEP exams are administered throughout the year across the United States and internationally. When you register on the College Board, you have to create an account and fill in your personal information. The account allows you to search for test locations and dates, and to sign up for score reports. Here's a checklist of what you need to do:

  • Research CLEP credit policy by institution
  • Select a CLEP exam
  • Register for a CLEP exam
  • Get prepared with practice questions

Preparing for a CLEP exam

You'll have the confidence and tools you need to do well on your test when you choose Study.com for your CLEP exam prep. Study.com has thorough courses that include engaging educational videos and opportunities for practice with quizzes and tests.

You can work as fast or slow as you want because the Study.com courses are self-paced. Online instructors are available to help you day or night. You can get started preparing for CLEP exams with these Study.com courses:

History & Social Sciences

Composition & Literature

Science & Math


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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