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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 DuBois 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. 

CLEP for Veterans

CLEP allows veterans to receive college credits by earning scores on any one or more of 34 exams, allowing them to move directly into upper-level courses, saving time and money.  Veterns can make the most of their GI Bill benefits by appling those funds toward needed courses.

More information about CLEP for Veterans:


More information from the VA about CLEP and other testing programs covered by the VA:


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. 

How long is an exam?

  • The 90-minute, computer-based exams are offered in more than 34 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 34 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 at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/prep.html

How do I find out more?

How do I schedule an exam?

  • Contact Rebecca Colletti, Staff Assistant, at Penn State DuBois, (814) 375-4772 or 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 University at:  http://admissions.psu.edu/academics/credit/clep/index.cfm.
  • For information regarding preparation for candidate requirements on the day of the exam (this includes a registration form), please click here.
  • CLEP Exams are offered at Penn State DuBois on Fridays.