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About College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

Whatever your reasoning for wanting to accelerate your path to a college degree, there is a College Level Examination Program, better known as CLEP test for you. The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course.   

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of computer-based standardized tests created by College Board. College Board offers 33 CLEP exams in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that you may generally take in your first two years of college, and provide a tool for earning college credits without taking college courses. Each institution awards credit to students who meet the college's minimum qualifying score for that exam, which is typically 50 to 60 out of a possible 80, but varies by site and exam.

These exams are useful for individuals who have obtained knowledge outside the classroom, such as through independent study, homeschooling, job experience, or cultural interaction; and for students schooled outside the United States. They provide an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in specific subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework. By passing a CLEP exam, you can earn 3 or more college credits. Advanced permission may be required for CLEP examinations, so be sure to check with your academic advisor and refer to your institution’s CLEP policy before registering for a CLEP.

CLEP Examinations at WCSU Testing Center

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) follows the guidelines recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for awarding students credit for CLEP. Test credit is applied according to WCSU transfer credit policy at the time the scores are received and are normally posted to the student transcript within three weeks of the exam.

WCSU Testing Center is an open testing center, that is, any candidate from WCSU or other institution properly registered, may test here.WCSU Testing Center administers most CLEP examinations however WCSU accepts only selected CLEP exams. To view the list of CLEP exams accepted/credited by WCSU click here.

Each CLEP is a 90 minute computer-based multiple-choice exam.  Acceptance of CLEP exams varies among institution. Advanced permission may be required for some CLEP examinations, so be sure to check with your academic advisor before registering for a CLEP.

Generally, CLEP exams are administered at WCSU one Saturday per month except for summer months. In the event that the dates posted is not convenient, you may schedule an Alternative Testing Date at an additional fee upon availability of the proctor and by appointment only.

Registrations forms are accepted (upon availability) until one week prior to the posted test dates. Once we receive your completed registration form with payment and it is approved, you will receive a detailed confirmation letter with the date selected, time and pertinent information prior to the selected test date. All communication from the Testing Center is conveyed through email including confirmation letters.

CLEP Examination Fees:

There are two separate non-refundable or transferable payments for each CLEP exam; an administration fee payable to WCSU and an exam fee payable to College Board (CLEP).  The administration fee is to be submitted with the registration form payable by Money Order or walk-ins may pay in cash.

The College Board requires candidates to create an account and pay the examination fee via their online portal prior to the confirmed test date.

·         To create an account with the College Board (CLEP) visit: https://clep.collegeboard.org/started (refer to Step 3).


·         Once you register and make your payment, you must print your CLEP payment voucher to present at check-in; without this voucher you will NOT be allowed to take the exam.


·         IMPORTANT: WCSU Testing Center recommends registering with the Center prior to paying the examination fee to insure availability for the selected testing date. Registering with College Board does not guarantee a spot at WCSU Testing Center.

CLEP Examination Alternative Testing Date

In the event that the dates posted for CLEP or MAT exams are not convenient, you may schedule an alternative test date at an additional fee.

Test date(s) may be scheduled:

  • Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Upon availability of the proctor and by appointment only
  • Additional fee applies.  $50 per session; Payable in cash only
  • For this service select option on registration form


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Registration Forms

·   CLEP & MAT: Click here to download registration form

WCSU administers all CLEP examinations however, WCSU accept selected CLEP exams. To view the exams accepted by WCSU and the minimum score requirements click here.

If you are not a WCSU student but are interested in taking CLEP, please refer to your institution’s CLEP policy.


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