Gain Credit Through CLEP
The College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides students with an opportunity to “test-out” of specific Freshman/Sophomore level college courses. Students receiving a passing score on their CLEP test will earn college credit without having to attend the class and will save money on tuition. The cost to register for a CLEP test is $80 (payable online through your CLEP account). Visit the CLEP website for available CLEP tests, practice exams, and study guides.
Steps to Get Started
Meet with your advisor before registering for a CLEP test. Some majors/programs do not allow CLEP testing for certain classes/requirements. Meet with your academic/faculty advisor before planning/scheduling a test as this type of information varies (see SDBOR CLEP Guidelines).
Create an account to register and pay for the CLEP test. By creating an account, you will have access to your scores and be able to send them to colleges. This is also where you will register and pay for your test.
Print your CLEP Registration Ticket. After registering and paying for your test, a registration ticket will be produced. Please print this registration ticket and bring with you the day of your exam. You may also download the ticket to your computer, save, and upload to our online registration requiest if you plan to register by clicking on the button below.
Schedule your test at the University Center. CLEP tests are only administered on Thursdays at 9:00AM, 10:00AM, and 1:00PM. All CLEP tests are 90 minutes long except the "College Composition" (Composition with Essay) exam, which is 2 hours.
Show up and take your test! Please bring the following items with you on the day of your test:
- the CLEP Registration Ticket,
- $15 for the University Center Proctor fee, and
- a government issued photo-ID (i.e. Driver’s License, Passport, State ID, Tribal ID, and Military ID). Student and employer ID’s are not accepted.
Once the UC proctor has verified your test and identity, you will provided with a quiet location and computer to take your test. Your score will be available immediately after your test unless you are taking the College Composition w/Essay exam. Since the essay portion needs to be graded, the scores will be mailed to you within 6 weeks of taking the exam, so please plan accordingly if you are attempting to earn the credit as a pre-requisite.
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