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CLEP Testing Program

Earn college credit for what you already know through this credit-by-examination program. The College-Level Examination Program®, or CLEP, offers 33 computer-based exams in history and social sciences, composition and literature, science and math, business, and world languages.  Each institution determines which exams it will accept for credit. Students should familiarize themselves with CLEP by visiting its website .

For a list of CLEP tests accepted for credit at CSU, click here .

Eligibility: The CSU Testing Center is an open CLEP center, which means we administer CLEP exams to any registered test taker. Check with your college or university to learn which CLEP exams are accepted.

Scores: Official score reports are sent by CLEP about 3 weeks after testing.  At CSU, scores and credit are based on Pass/Fail, not letter grades.  Click here for a list of the CLEP tests accepted by CSU.

Retesting: You may not repeat an exam of the same title within three months of the initial testing date. If you retake the exam within the three-month period, your administration will be considered invalid, your score will be canceled, and any test fees will be forfeited.

Test preparation: Please visit the CLEP website for study material and details on each exam.

ID requirements: 

  • Your driver's license, passport or other government-issued identification that includes your photograph and signature. The last name on your ID must match the name on your registration ticket. Unacceptable IDs include credit or debit cards of any kind, social security card, employee ID.
  • Military test-takers, bring your military ID and Social Security card.
  • Home-schoolers, if you do not have the required government-issued ID, please complete a CLEP Student ID Form, which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary.

Items needed for the test: Your valid registration ticket from the My Account (CLEP) registration portal (see below).

To take a CLEP test, follow these steps:

1. Purchase your exam (currently $87) at the CLEP web page through the My Account Registration portal. You must bring your CLEP registration ticket to your appointment. Test is free for qualified military personnel . This link will also list the ID requirements.

2. Schedule your appointment to take the test. Payment of $30 is due when you schedule your appointment. When you schedule, you must confirm that you have read, and will abide by, our payment policies .

Appointments: When you schedule, you must confirm that you have read, and will abide by, our policies . You are also confirming that you have read the information about the test, above. If you fail to bring your registration ticket and required IDs, you will not be permitted to test and will forfeit your fees.

 To schedule your appointment to test on campus at the Columbus State University Testing Center, click here . Read the instructions, and then select CLEP from the dropdown menu.