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  Six Steps to Taking the CLEP Examinations  

STEP 1- Find Out Your College's CLEP Policy

To find out if your college accepts CLEP, use the CLEP College Search  tool. Each college sets its own policy: It decides which CLEP exams it will grant credit for and how many credits it will award. Before registering for a CLEP exam, be sure to check with your admissions officer, academic advisor or test center administrator to learn more about your institution’s CLEP Policy.

WCSU currently administers most CLEP examinations however WCSU accepts only selected CLEP exams. To view the list of CLEP exams accepted/credited by WCSU click here.

STEP 2 - Decide Which Exam(s) to Take  

Read the exam descriptions of all 33 exams to find the right one for you.

STEP 3 - Register with WCSU Testing Center

DECIDE ON A DATE: CLEP exams are offered every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the year except for summer months.  You may register up to 3 exams on the same test date upon session availability. 

REGISTRATION:  Mail or drop off your completed registration form as soon as possible by submitting the registration form  along with the required fee to WCSU Testing Center.  Registration forms will not be accepted without payment. All communication from the Testing Center is conveyed through email including confirmation letters.

By mail:

Western Connecticut State University

Westside Campus Center 300 - Testing Center

181 White Street

Danbury, CT 06810

In person:

Western Connecticut State University

Westside Campus Center 300

(Walk-ins please call 203-837-8415 to insure staff availability)

43.5 Lake Avenue Extension

Danbury, CT 06810


TESTING SESSIONS:  Exams start promptly at 9:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm. Candidates are scheduled in the order their registration form is received starting with the 9:00am session and rolling over into the next available time. Candidates are required to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to appointment time. You will not be admitted after the testing session has begun. Late arrivers will need to reregister and submit the non-refundable registration fee again so plan accordingly.

ALTERNATIVE TESTING DATE:   In the event that the dates posted is not convenient, you may schedule an Alternative Testing Date at an additional fee of $50 payable in cash only.  Test 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. Please contact the Testing Center at (203) 837-8415 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

STEP 4 - Register with College Board

The College Board requires candidates to create an account and pay the examination fee via their on-line 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.

STEP 5 - Prepare for your exam(s)

Prepare for your exam(s) by checking out the available study materials, including sample exam questions, CLEP Test preparation, CLEP Official Study Guide  and other study resources. CLEP study books are available at most bookstores or on-line.

STEP 6 - Day of Examination

Click Here for Day of Examination Information


Additional Information

CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES:  If you have a disability, such as learning or physical disability, that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request accommodations. Accommodations should be requested through AccessAbility Services prior to registering for a CLEP exam. If approved for accommodations, AccessAbility Services will provide you and the testing center with an approval letter. Registration and accommodation approvals need to be provided to WCSU Testing Center at least two week prior to the requested test date. Requested test dates and times are not guaranteed. To request accommodations, please contact AccessAbility Services (AAS) at 203-837-8225 (voice), 203-837-3235 (TTY) or aas@wcsu.edu.

MILITARY OR VETERAN PERSONNEL: DANTES or your GI bill may fund the CLEP examination fee. The College Board (CLEP) requires for U.S. Armed Forces /Military personnel to create an account on-line. 

For more information please visit http://clep.collegeboard.org/military .

FEES & TYPE OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED:  There are two separate non-refundable or transferable payments for each CLEP exam; an administration fee payable to WCSU and an examination fee payable to the 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. Testing fees are subject to change without notice. Refer to fees page.

SCORE REPORTS:  CLEP does all the scoring and reporting of scores, the Testing Center is only responsible for administering the test.

You’ll receive your score report instantly after completing the exam — with the exception of the College Composition with Essay, which takes three to four weeks to deliver. The official transcript will be mailed directly to the college, employer or certifying agency that the candidate indicated before initiating the exam. It is imperative that candidates know the score recipient name and address to prevent delay of their score report. It can take 3-4 weeks before your Official CLEP transcript appears on your WCSU transcript.

          ABOUT YOUR SCORE  -To learn about how CLEP exams are scored.

RETAKING CLEP EXAMINATIONS:  Candidates may not repeat a CLEP exam of the same title within three months. Scores of exams repeated earlier than three months will be canceled and test fees forfeited.

CONFIRMATION:  Once WCSU Testing Center receives 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 via email. It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up with the test center if you have not received confirmation prior to the selected test date.



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