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What is the CLEP Test?

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) is a credit-by-examination program. The College Board, which gives students the opportunity to earn college credit, sponsors this program. It does this by helping students earn qualifying scores on exams. CLEP exams are computer-based (90 minutes in length) and administered on computers at Ozarks Technical Community College office of Testing Services on the Springfield Campus.

Students take CLEP for a variety of reasons.  Some use CLEP to shorten the time it takes to earn a college degree, thereby saving money on tuition and fees.  Others take CLEP to move on to more advanced courses sooner, complete basic requirements in order to take more electives, or satisfy college requirements.

Cost-Effectiveness

CLEP exams also offer a low-cost method for earning college credit.  Each testing center may charge an addition test proctor fee. These tests offer computer-based exams in more than 33 subjects, ranging from U.S. history, Spanish and college algebra. Students receive their scores immediately upon completion of the exam (except for college composition). For current pricing please visit the CLEP website.

Preparation

Students have the opportunity to prepare for CLEP exams using the CLEP Official Study Guide, which helps students learn more about CLEP exams and decide which CLEP exams to take. It includes sample test questions for all 33 CLEP exams and it provides test-taking tips and a list of study resources to help students prepare for the exams.  Individual subject guides are also available online on the CLEP Web site.

Accreditation

Nearly 3,000 colleges and universities grant credit or advanced standing based on CLEP exam performance. Each college sets its own CLEP policy. Therefore, it is important to determine the specifics of an institution’s policy, such as the exams for which they grant credit and how many credits they grant.  However, it is not necessary to be enrolled in college in order to take a CLEP test.

Additional Information

John Paul Soto, graduate of Miami Dade College, remarks, “I was close to completing my degree, but due to my busy schedule I was having a difficult time finishing. My knowledge of Spanish and CLEP gave me the extra help I needed. I earned 8 credits through CLEP credits. It helped my complete my degree at Miami Dade and fulfill language requirements for a four-year institution.”

For more information about CLEP, visit www.collegeboard.com/clep. To schedule an exam, please click on the registration link.

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