Earn College Credit with CLEP®
The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) is a credit-by-examination program, sponsored by the College Board, which gives students the opportunity to earn college credit by earning qualifying scores on exams. CLEP exams are computer-based and administered on computer at the Penn State Schuylkill CLEP Test Center.
Nearly 3,000 colleges and universities grant credit or advanced standing based on CLEP exam performance. Each college sets its own CLEP policy, so 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.
Why take a CLEP exam?
- It can shorten the time it takes to earn a college degree, thereby saving money on tuition and fees.
- You can move on to more advanced courses sooner, complete basic requirements in order to take more electives, or satisfy college requirements.
How much do exams cost?
- At $100 ($80 for the exam plus $20 administration fee), each exam is a fraction of the tuition required for a similar college course.
- The $100 fee for each CLEP test must be made in two payments. The first, the test administration fee, is a nonrefundable, prepaid $20 check or money order made out to Penn State Schuylkill, which should be sent in with your registration form. The second, the exam fee, is a $80 check or money order payable to College-Level Examination Program, which may be sent in with your registration, or paid on the day of the test.
How long is an exam?
- The ninety-minute, computer-based exams are offered in more than thirty-four subjects, ranging from U.S. history, Spanish and college algebra. Students receive their scores immediately upon completion of the exam (except for English composition with essay exam).
Is there help to prepare for the exam?
- 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 thirty-four 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.
How do I find out more?
- Contact the Director of Continuing Education, CLEP testing administrator at Penn State Schuylkill, (570)385-6217, or visit the CLEP Web site for more information.
- Also click on the PDF of the brochures below:
CLEP®: Promoting Academic Success in Higher Education
How do I schedule an exam?
- Prior to scheduling a CLEP exam, please consult with the academic advisor or program leader at the institution you currently attend.
- If you are a current or future Penn State student, you may view the current schedule of CLEP credits accepted by Penn State.
- Information regarding preparation for candidate requirements on the day of the exam is also available.
- Completed CLEP registration form must be submitted before an appointment can be arranged and confirmed. Registration forms are due one week before the scheduled exam. Download your CLEP registration form here.
- You must wait a minimum of six months to retake a CLEP exam.
About Continuing Education
Preparing for CLEP
For specific information about Penn State and CLEP, please visit the Penn State University's undergraduate admission's.
Please call 570-385-6217 for directions to the CLEP Testing Center at Penn State Schuylkill.
For information contact:
Director of Continuing Education
Penn State Schuylkill
200 University DriveSchuylkill Haven, PA 17972
- Continuing Education & Outreach