CLEP Facts

  • Institutions grant from 3 to 12 college credits for each CLEP exam taken. (See recommended scores.)
  • CLEP is administered on a computer and exams are available year-round.
  • The tests are timed and 90 minutes long.
  • You must wait at least 3 months to repeat an exam after you have taken it.
  • College Composition exams are composed primarily of two essays and multiple-choice questions. This exam is 2 hours long.
  • All exams are scored on a scale of 20 to 80 and the recommended credit-granting score for all exams is 50, a score representative of a grade of C.
  • There is no penalty for guessing, students are encouraged to answer every question on their exam.
  • Score reports are available immediately upon completion of the exam. Students know right away how they performed.**
  • More than 5 million people have taken CLEP exams since its inception in 1967.

** Scores for College Composition with Essay are available 2-3 weeks after the exam date.

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