College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams are college-level tests that anyone can take to earn credit toward a college degree. If your child is ready to tackle college-level material, they could earn credit at more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities for each passing CLEP score, saving them time and money as they earn their degree.
- Anyone can earn college credit through CLEP, whether they’re in high school or already in college.
- There are 34 CLEP exams in 5 subject areas. See all CLEP exams.
- Students can schedule their exams any time throughout the year.
- Students take CLEP exams on computers.
- There are CLEP exams for topics that aren’t offered in AP.
- Students can prepare for the exams with free online CLEP courses.
- The 2019-20 CLEP exam fee is $89—far less expensive than a college course.
Who Should Take CLEP?
High school students who excel in a particular subject and are planning to go to college should consider taking a CLEP exam. Like AP scores, a passing CLEP score can earn your child 3 or more credits at many colleges and universities across the country. More than 2,900 schools grant credit for CLEP.
CLEP exams are especially useful if your child’s school doesn’t offer AP courses, or if there’s no AP Exam in the subject your child wants to take. For instance, there’s a CLEP exam in introductory sociology, but there isn’t a corresponding AP Exam.
Where Do You Take CLEP?
There are over 2,000 CLEP test centers where your child can take a CLEP exam. After your child registers for a CLEP exam online, they’ll need to contact an official CLEP test center to schedule their exam. Use the Test Center Search tool to find a nearby test center. CLEP exams are available year-round.
Test centers may be located in high schools, on college campus, at independent testing organizations, and on military bases.
How to Prepare for CLEP Exams
Although there are no official CLEP courses in high school, there are several ways your child can prepare to earn college credit through CLEP.
- Full exam descriptions and sample questions
- Free online courses
- Individual exam guides for each CLEP subject
- Online resources recommended by the CLEP test development committee
- CLEP practice apps
Visit the CLEP Practice page for more details on how your child can get ready to succeed on CLEP exams.