A College Level Examination Program Test or CLEP Test is an educational test designed and fabricated by the College Board, a not-for-profit examination board in the United States. A CLEP test is also termed as ‘CLEP Exam’ or simple CLEP. A CLEP test is instrumental in helping the US students in high schools or universities to achieve credits for the successful completion of each course for each academic term.
A CLEP Test is mostly 90 minutes long test that mostly includes multiple-choice questions or fill-ins, except for English Composition with Essay. The current fee for a CLEP test is $60 ($65, effective July 1, 2007), but a CLEP test is free for the members of military services. A CLEP test is based on the syllabus taught in courses that are taken by most students as requirements in the first two years of college. A CLEP test may be based on one-semester course or full-year or two-year course.
A CLEP test helps the students save time. They can get college credit for what they already know. They get rewarded for what they have learned through independent study advanced high school courses, noncredit adult courses, or professional development. A CLEP test helps the students save money. The cost of a CLEP exam is just $65, which is nothing as compared to hundreds, even thousands of dollars spent in tuitions. The test is free for military service members. A CLEP test helps making college more interesting; the students can move right into advanced courses. A CLEP test can help students to complete their graduation timely, if they are just a few credits away from graduating. A CLEP test helps the students demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency.
Over 2,900 colleges and universities accept CLEP General and Subject tests for credits. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends minimum score for awarding credit. The institutions determine the standard of acceptable score and the amount of credit granted for each CLEP test.
Presently, CLEP test are available in Business, Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics. A business CLEP test can help earning 3 to 6 credits; Composition and Literature CLEP test can help earning 6 credits; Foreign Languages CLEP test can help earning 6 to 18 credits; History and Social Sciences CLEP test can help earning 3 to 6 credits; and Science and Mathematics can help earning 3 to 6 credits.