What are CLEP exams?

CLEP stands for College-Level Examination Program. The College Board, creators/sponsors of the SAT, PSAT, and AP tests, also put out CLEP tests. The CLEP tests allow you to earn college credit, saving you time and money.


There are just over 30 tests that can be taken in several subject areas. These exams test your knowledge of a particular subject. If you make a passing score, which is equivalent to a "C" grade, then you usually get 3 credit hours. A few of the tests give you 6 credit hours.

CLEPs are really good for getting your introductory classes off quickly so you can concentrate on your core classes.

If you don't know the material, then you can find practice materials online to help you learn the CLEP subjects.

If you go to CLEP exam listings you get a listing of all the tests that are offered. You can look at each test to get a thorough description.


Overview of CLEP Tests Offered


  • Composition and Literature - Literature, Composition, Humanities

  • Foreign Languages - French, German, Spanish

  • History and Social Sciences - US History, Western Civilization, Government, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Human Growth and Development

  • Science and Mathematics - Biology, Chemistry, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus

  • Business - Financial Accounting, Business Law, Management, Marketing, Computer


Note that colleges only accept a certain selection of tests that they will apply towards your degree. So, be sure to check your college catalog first.

There is a way to get 100% of most degrees at home by taking CLEP tests, DANTES tests, TECEP (Thomas Edison State College Examination Program) tests, and some online classes. You can save about 3/4 the money and about 1/2 the time by getting an Accelerated online degree.

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