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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 all 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. Then, get more details and try on-line sample exam questions.

Step 3 - Register for the CLEP Examination

Register as soon as possible by submitting the registration form along with the administration fee.  Registration forms will not be accepted without payment.  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 depending on space or session availability. You will receive a detailed confirmation letter with the date selected, time, location and other information via email prior to selected test date.  All communication from the Testing Center is conveyed through email including confirmation letters.  

Students with Disabilities - Check the appropriate box on the registration form and attach your justification from your doctor.  Submit your registration form at least three weeks prior to the test date.

Military Personnel DANTES or your GI bill funds the CLEP examination fee. The CLEP examination fee will be waived with proper identification. Military personnel pay only the administration fee as stated under Fees & Type of Payment Accepted. (See Chart Below)

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.

Exams are administered at Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus  43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury CT in the Campus Center Computer Center on the third floor.

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 exam fee payable to CLEP.  The administration fee is to be submitted with the registration form payable by Money Order, Official Bank Check or walk-ins may pay in cash. Testing fees are subject to change without notice. Refer to chart below for fees.



WCSU Students/Alumni


Type of Payment Accepted


CLEP Administration Fee
(per exam)



  Money Order, Bank Check or Cash (Walk-in Only) 


CLEP Examination Fee
(per exam)




Credit or Debit Card

NEW!!! CLEP now requires for candidates to create an account on-line and pay the examination fee of $80 via their portal prior to the confirmed test date.

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


Once you 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.  


Individual Testing Session
(per exam)



 Cash Only



By mail:

Western Connecticut State University

Westside CC 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 Lake Avenue Ext

Danbury, CT 06810

Step 4 - 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 guides are available at most bookstores.

Step 5

Click Here for Day of Examination Information

Step 6 - Score Reports

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

Normally, 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 CLEP transcript appears on your WCSU transcript.

About Your Score:

  To learn about how CLEP exams are scored click here.


Additional Information

Retaking CLEP Examinations  

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

Individualized Testing Session  

In the event that the dates posted is not convenient, you may schedule an Individualized Testing Sessions at an additional fee of $50 payable in cash only.  Individual Testing Sessions may be scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 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. Currently, individual sessions are not available until further notice.


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