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Help your students earn college credit with CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects. The 33 CLEP exams test knowledge acquired through:

  • General academic instruction
  • Significant independent study
  • Extracurricular work

Typically, CLEP candidates study on their own for the examinations. As such, CLEP does not offer a professional development component or a curriculum associated with the examinations.

Today, CLEP examinations are:

  • Accepted for credit and/or placement by 2,900 colleges and universities
  • Administered at 1,600 college test centers throughout the United States

Why take CLEP exams?

By taking one or more CLEP exams students can:

  • Save time. Students get college credit for what they already know and move ahead in their degrees. They can be rewarded for what they've learned through independent study, advanced high school courses, or extracurricular activities.
  • Save money. A CLEP exam costs $77, while college tuition for a course can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.
  • Make college more interesting. Students can move right into advanced courses.
  • Graduate on time. CLEP can help students move closer to graduation in less time.
  • Satisfy a proficiency requirement. Students can demonstrate they've already mastered the content of, for example, a basic math course.

Learn more about CLEP

  • AP and CLEP: An explanation of how the two programs work together to benefit your students.

Customized Entry Pages


  • College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®)
  • P.O. Box 6600
  • Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6600
  • Phone: (800) 257-9558
  • FAX: (609) 771-7088
  • Email:

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