What the HECK is the CLEP test?

By Noelle Smith · August 8th, 2011 · Testing · Comments

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You won’t get one from your doctor. The CLEP (College Level Examination Program) test is similar to the AP test in that you can earn college credit or advanced placement at your college for passing the test. Passing the CLEP test demonstrates that you have knowledge in a specific subject. You don’t need to have taken a class in order to take the test. CLEP offers tests in languages, science and math, history and social sciences, business, and literature.

Some colleges accept CLEP tests, while others don’t. Before you take them, check whether or not your school will offer you credit. Also, determine what score you need for your college to accept it. Then, you can see what you will get for it: either advanced placement or credit.

Decide which tests you want to take. Each one is $77 dollars. You can register to take your CLEP exams at a university or community college near you that offers the test. Remember to study for your test! After the test, you can have your score sent to the university you are going to attend.

Here are the benefits:

-If you receive college credit for your exam, when registration for next semester rolls around, you’ll get into the class that all the first-years are vying for because you’ll get to register early. Most colleges open registration based on the number of credits a student has earned. It could also mean that you can skip boring introduction courses. Or if you want to take an easier semester, you can because you came in with college credits. Maybe you could even graduate early. Who knows?! It all depends on your college.

-It can save you money! $77 is very little to pay compared to college tuition.

For more information and searches, visit the College Board website at:


Or the CLEP website at:


Noelle Smith is a Broadcast News and Politics double major at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.