Top CLEP FAQs

  • What is the CLEP?
    The College Level Examination Program, or the CLEP, is a collection of standardized tests that measures your knowledge of certain subjects. Students can earn college credit at thousands of colleges and universities by earning a satisfactory score on a computer-based CLEP exam.
  • What’s on the CLEP?
    The CLEP consists of 33 tests that fall under five subject categories: History and Social Sciences, Literature and Composition, Science and Mathematics, Business, and World Languages.
  • How are CLEP tests scored?
    A scaled score is calculated, based on multiple choice questions and essay scores, that ranges from 20 to 80. The student then earns an A, B, C, or D based on this score. The letter grade is applied to your college course equivalent.
  • Who takes the CLEP?
    Anyone seeking college credit can take CLEP exams. Home-schoolers, military personnel, and adult learners are typical CLEP test takers, but exams are also open to college and high school students. CLEP exams are helpful for students seeking higher education outside of the traditional classroom.
  • Why take the CLEP?
    By taking CLEP exams you can apply prior or current knowledge to get a head start on your higher education pathway, enhance your degree, and save time and money on courses. Students can take a variety of exams on entry-level collegiate topics in order to bypass these courses in college or university. Does this sound familiar? That may be because many students take CLEP tests in conjunction with DSST tests. While both offer college credit, CLEP tests offer testing in mainstream subjects while DSST test subjects are more specialized.
  • Should I prep for the CLEP? And how much?
    CLEP exams test you on the equivalent of an entire college semester’s worth of curriculum in approximately 90 minutes. While the idea is to test you on material you are very familiar with, some practice on the content and test itself is in order as a satisfactory score earns you the college credit you’re after. While everyone is different, Peterson’s recommends at least 6 weeks of preparation for test day.
  • How do I register for the CLEP?
    CLEP exams are administered online. Register online on the College Board website.