Beacon College

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a program of the College Board, which is a non-profit membership association which strives to assist students in college success and opportunity. The College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves students and colleges through major programs and services relating to college work. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).

CLEP examinations test knowledge that you have acquired outside of a college classroom. You may have learned the material through:

  • Independent studies
  • Advanced high school or other courses
  • On-the-job training
  • Cultural pursuits

Most candidates study on their own for the exams. The student should determine if a quick review of the material provides him with sufficient preparation, or if he needs to develop a full study plan.

The College Board recommends that the student consult a textbook for the course at his/her college that is comparable to the exam s/he plans to take. Students can also take advantage of the study aids at the College Board store:

Students are also advised to review their college’s policy on CLEP exams before deciding to take an exam, since all colleges and universities have their own individual policies on examinations-for-credit.