CLEP® Testing

About the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States, with more than 2,900 colleges and universities awarding credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. Since 1967, four million people--adults returning to college, graduating high school seniors, and enrolled college students--have earned college credit through CLEP. 

With CLEP, a student can earn college credit for what he or she already knows, regardless of where or how that knowledge was acquired, by passing an examination. 

CPCC awards credit for 25 CLEP exams.  All exams are 90 minutes in length and are composed of multiple-choice questions, with the exception of the College Composition exam (120 minutes and 2 essays). These exams require college-level knowledge and critical thinking ability; sufficient preparation is required to do well.

CLEP delivers big savings in both time and money. The cost of each examination is only $87* and is paid online at The CPCC Testing Center also charges a $20 nonrefundable administration fee per exam to cover administrative costs and is paid on the day of your test at the CPCC Cashier's Office. If paying by check, please make the $20 administration fee payable to CPCC.

A copy of the CLEP Official Study Guide is available in the Central Campus library and can be checked out by registered CPCC students.

  • CPCC will award CLEP credit based on the CLEP policy used at time of test.
  • CPCC students who perform satisfactorily on CLEP exams receive a grade of “X.” The “X” grade carries no quality points, but credit hours are awarded identical to the number normally assigned to that course at CPCC.
  • Examinees may retest after 3 months.
  • Students should consult an academic advisor to verify certain degree, diploma, and certificate restrictions.


*Effective July 1, 2018 CLEP fee will increase to $87