How does CLEP work?

CLEP exams are designed to fit with wherever you are in your educational journey. Below are steps on how to earn college credit through CLEP.

Step 1: Check your college’s CLEP credit policy.

Individual colleges decide how they award credit for CLEP. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends colleges grant credit for a score of 50 (a C-level grade) on all CLEP exams, but individual institutions set their own CLEP credit policies and may require different scores for awarding credit.

Step 2: Register and pay for your exam on the CLEP website.

Select your exam and log in to the CLEP My Account Portal. If you’re eligible for remote proctoring, you can select it as your preferred test center during registration but make sure you can meet all remote proctoring requirements. In addition to the exam fee, you’ll be charged a $30 remote proctoring fee at checkout. 

Step 3: Schedule your exam.

If you’re testing at a CLEP test center, contact any of the 2,000+ CLEP test centers to schedule your exam. If you’re testing with remote proctoring, you’ll receive a registration confirmation email from CLEP with instructions on how to create an account and schedule your exam with Proctortrack, CLEP’s remote proctoring partner.

Step 4: Prepare for your exam using free and low-cost study resources.

Find recommendations for online courses, textbooks, and study materials on each of the CLEP exam pages or on the CLEP Practice page.

Step 5: Take your exam.

On exam day, you take the CLEP exam on a PC desktop or laptop. Exams typically take 90–120 minutes to complete depending on the subject. After completing the exam, your scores will be displayed on the screen. If you’re testing at a test center, you’ll also receive an unofficial score report. If you selected an institution to receive your score during registration, the score will be automatically sent to the college or university once you complete the exam. It takes approximately 10–14 business days for a college or university to receive the score, and the institution may take additional time to review the score and award credit.

How to Purchase and Schedule a CLEP Exam

If you’d like to take a CLEP exam with remote proctoring, visit the Registering for a CLEP Exam with Remote Proctoring page. If you’re planning to test at a CLEP test center, follow the steps below.

  • Choose a CLEP exam online directly from the exam page or from the CLEP registration page
  • Create an online account, and submit your payment through the My Account portal.
  • The cost is $89. Note: Make sure you use your name as it appears on your official ID. Pay with a debit or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or JCB).
  • Contact a  CLEP test center nearby to schedule your exam. The test center may charge you an additional administration fee, usually around $25.

Military service members can take CLEP exams at a test center or remotely at no cost. Learn more.

Refund Policies

CLEP exam and preparation material purchases—such as examination guides and study guides—are refundable.

  • CLEP Exams and CLEP Remote Proctoring Fees are refundable for up to 7 days from the date of purchase, with the exception of redeemed tests and redeemed remote proctoring sessions.
  • CLEP Official Study Guides that are in new, unused, and in resalable condition are refundable within 30 days of the order date with a copy of the packing slip.
  • CLEP Examination Guides are refundable within 7 days of the purchase date. The customer will be required to submit a letter of destruction to process the refund of a CLEP e-guide.

Please make sure that you have thoroughly researched your exam and preparation material selections prior to paying for them.

Test Taker Name Change Requests

For name changes, complete, sign, and fax the name change request form (.pdf/356KB) along with any identification documentation (if required) to the College Board’s CLEP Services at 610‐628‐3726, or email it as an attachment to

Will My Registration Ticket Expire?

CLEP exam registration tickets expire 6 months from the date of purchase. The expiration date for your exam registration ticket can be found in My Account as well as on the CLEP exam registration ticket.

Military-funded test takers: A CLEP exam registration ticket will be automatically canceled 6 months from the date of purchase to prevent DANTES-funded test takers from losing their funding. There is no penalty for canceling a registration ticket. However, if your ticket is canceled, you will need to register for your exam again. Learn more about your eligibility to take free CLEP exams.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability, such as a learning or physical disability, that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request accommodations at your preferred test center. Contact your preferred test center well in advance of the test date to make the necessary arrangements and to find out the deadline to submit documentation and approval of accommodations. Accommodations that can be arranged directly with test centers include:

  • Screen magnification
  • Modifiable screen colors
  • Use of a human reader, a scribe/writer, or a sign language interpreter
  • Extended time
  • Rest breaks (as needed)

If you require accommodations for an exam with remote proctoring, review the CLEP Exams with Remote Proctoring page

If the above accommodations do not meet your needs, do not register online for your exam. Contact CLEP Services for information about other accommodations.