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CLEP Tests

The College-Level Examination Program or CLEP offers student the opportunity to show a college admission officer or a prospective employer what you know in a variety of subject areas. Many college admission officers use CLEP scores to determine where to place college applicants in their traditional four-year programs. Students can earn from 3 to 12 credits toward a college degree for each CLEP exam, depending on the individual exam and the policy of the degree-granting college or university.

What is the format of a CLEP test?

Each test is 90-minutes long. There is a penalty for a wrong answer, but it is still worth your while to make an educated guess. If you can eliminate answer choices that are obviously wrong, then your odds of selecting the correct answer will be higher. A CLEP test consists primarily of multiple-choice questions, with the exception of a few tests that offer essay options. Some tests also include fill-in questions.

How is a CLEP test scored?

CLEP exams are scored on a scale of 20 to 80, like the PSAT. With the exception of exams including essays, you should receive your scores immediately at the testing center. Each school sets its own minimum standards for granting CLEP credit. Check with your school of interest to learn if they grant credits for CLEP tests.

How should you prepare for a CLEP test?

Practice tests are an ideal way to begin your preparation. They are affordable and will give you instant results to see how you might score if the test were today, allowing you to evaluate your strengths and weakness. As with all tests you will not be able to predict what they will ask, so also prepare yourself mentally, such as trusting your instincts and ruling out answers with obvious inconsistencies.

How many CLEP test subjects are there?

There are over 30 tests in 5 main categories: Business, Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics.


  • Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

Composition and Literature

  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • College Composition and College Composition Modular
  • English Literature
  • Humanities

Foreign Languages

  • French Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • German Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2)

History and Social Sciences

  • American Government
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Social Sciences and History
  • History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
  • History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

Science and Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • College Algebra
  • College Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Precalculus