College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) Testing
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.
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® for Military/Veterans
The CLEP program is proud of its long standing relationship with the DANTES to provide CLEP exams to eligible military service members, spouses and civil service employees. DANTES funds one CLEP exam in each of the 33 subject areas for the following groups:
- military personnel (active duty, reserve, National Guard): Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army and Air National Guard
- spouses and civilian employees of: Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, Coast Guard (active and reserve)
- effective October 15, 2014, spouses and civilian employees of Air National Guard can no longer receive DANTES funding
The DANTES eligibility chart provides information about who can benefit from DANTES funding. CLEP exams for civil service employees, inactive guard or reserve personnel, and spouses and dependents not listed on the chart are not funded through DANTES.
To contact CLEP regarding U.S. Armed Forces information, please visit collegeboard.com/clep, or call 1.609.720.6740 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET.