College Level Examination Program (CLEP®)

The College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a nationally recognized credit-by-examination program that provides high school students an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of college-level materials in introductory subjects and earn college credit. Developed by the College Board, CLEP has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in over 1,800 test centers. A passing score on particular tests allows students to earn between 3 and 12 credits of college-level coursework before leaving high school, depending on the guidelines of the specific postsecondary institutions.

CLEP exams are developed by committees of college faculty who design questions based on what is typically covered in lower-level college courses and who set passing standards for the exams (scores are no longer based on studies of student performance in college courses). With the new computer-based tests, new questions are constantly being added, especially in rapidly-changing fields such as Computer Science. CLEP exam scores range on a scale of 20-80 with a typical passing score of 50 or above.

CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas. CLEP exams are offered at authorized test centers, including approximately 50 High School sites statewide, and the fee for each exam is $80. CLEP scores are available immediately upon completion of the exam. The amount of credit you can earn on an individual CLEP exam varies with each college. Please click here to contact the CLEP test center nearest you for more information about registration, scheduling, and fees. 

For more information about CLEP, including recent test information guides, click here or contact CollegeReadiness@la.gov.