College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
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) help you get 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. CLEP offers 33 exams that cover what’s taught in introductory college courses, and most colleges award credit for qualifying scores, saving you time and money toward your degree. 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. Most CLEP is a 90 minute computer-based multiple-choice exam. Acceptance of CLEP exams varies among institution.
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. Advanced permission may be required for some CLEP examinations, so be sure to check with your academic advisor before registering for a CLEP.
TESTING DATES: 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 the Wednesday 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. It is your responsibility to follow up with the test center if you have not received confirmation prior to the test date.
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CLEP 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.
CLEP Administration/ Registration Fee
Type of Payment
$30.00 per exam
$45.00 per exam
Money Order or Cash (Walk-in Only)
NO PERSONAL CHECKS
This fee is due with the registration form payable to WCSU.
College Level Exam Program (CLEP) Exam Fee
Payable to College Board; due prior to selected test date – visit: College Board
Type of Payment
$87.00 per exam*
Credit or Debit Card
ALTERNATIVE TESTING DATE – In the event that the dates posted for CLEP exam is not convenient, you may schedule an alternative test date at an additional fee.
Alternative Test date(s) procedure:
- Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- CLEP alternative dates available only during the summer session
- Upon availability of the proctor and by appointment only
- Call Testing Center at 203-837-8877 to discuss alternative dates
- Additional fee applies. $50 per session; payable in cash only
- For this service select option on registration form
- Mail completed form with administration fee
TESTING REGISTRATION FORM : Complete online, print, sign and mail or drop off your completed registration form along with the required fee payable to WCSU.
- Submit completed registration form with applicable fees
- Register at least 2 weeks prior to posted dates
- Registrations accepted up to the Wednesday at noon prior to posted dates
- Dates are available on a first-come first-served basis
- Sessions start at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
- Candidates are scheduled upon session availability
- Dates and fees are subject to change
Once the completed registration is received, you will receive a detailed confirmation letter with important information via email prior to selected test date. It is your responsibility to follow up with the test center if you have not received confirmation prior to the test date.
WCSU CLEP EQUIVALENCY CHART: CLEP exams accepted by WCSU and minimum score requirements. If you are not a WCSU student but are interested in taking CLEP, please refer to your institution’s CLEP policy.