What Are CLEP Exams?
CLEP exams, developed by the College Board, test mastery of college-level material
learned in a variety of ways – through general academic instruction such as classes,
significant independent study, or extracurricular work. Much like AP exams, CLEP exams
can provide the opportunity to gain advanced placement in academic programs. The level
of proficiency to earn credit through CLEP is approximately equivalent to that required
to earn a "C" in a course.
More information and list of exams available can be found at the College Board website. Students should visit the website to ensure the test they want to take is
still being offered. Registration for each test is handed through the CLEP website.
How Can I Earn CLEP Credit?
KCTCS colleges accept the General and Subject Examinations of the CLEP program. Subject
Examinations cover specific material that is common to courses in many colleges and
universities, and KCTCS grants credit for a specified performance level in five General
Education areas as well as Subject Examinations in specific programs.
The examinations all require an American College of Education (ACE) recommended minimum
score of 50 for credit to be awarded at a KCTCS college, unless a higher score is
specified in the table below.
Guidelines for CLEP Credit
Students shall be awarded CLEP credit according to the following guidelines:
Is There a Cost for CLEP Exam Credit?
The fee for each CLEP exam is $80 (subject to change), and any cost for the CLEP exam
will be paid by the student. There is no cost for awarding CLEP credit at a KCTCS