How CLEP Exams Work to Earn a Debt-Free College Degree

Jan 02, 2019

With the cost of college on the rise many students are looking for ways to avoid mounting student debt. This infographic explains how the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) can help you earn a debt-free degree.

College Costs are Skyrocketing

The cost of college is skyrocketing. Students are left wondering how they can earn their degree without getting buried in debt. Credit-by-exam is the solution that allows students to cut the cost of their college degree in half.


CLEP is the Solution

College Board's CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams are the solution, a low cost way to earn college credit. The CLEP is a credit-granting exam that works just like an AP test - take a test and earn real college credit that you can transfer to over two thirds of all US colleges and universities. By taking CLEP exams and testing out of your general education requirements, you could cut the cost of your degree in half. CLEP exams cost only $80, as compared to the $600 average cost of a traditional college course.

There are 33 subject specific exams to choose from and each exam awards anywhere from 3-12 college credits. Exams are offered at 1,700 testing centers nationwide and the credit can be transferred to over 2,900 US colleges and universities.

Two Ways to Prepare for Free

Once you've decided to take a CLEP exam, you have a few options when it comes to how to prepare. If you are looking for a way to prepare for free you have two options, visit your local public library to find textbooks to study for the exam, or take online courses such as's own online CLEP courses.

Earn Low-Cost Credit

If you're looking for a low cost way to earn college credit and avoid student debt, test out of your general education requirements by taking the CLEP. Start by choosing your exam from the list of 33 subject specific exams. Take your exam for $80 at one of the 1,700 testing centers. Earn up to 12 college credits, and then transfer your credits to over 2,900 colleges and universities.

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