CLEP®: College-Level Examination Program

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The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) offers you the opportunity to receive college credits for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of the exams we offer. Cape Cod Community College offers 32 of the 33 exams; College Composition Modular is the one exam we do not offer.  The exams are administered at 1,800 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad: 2,900 institutions award college credit to those who perform well on them. These exams allow people who have acquired comprehensive subject knowledge through independent or prior study, on-the-job training, or cultural pursuits – to show that they have the understanding of college-level material. The examination results are used by colleges to award credit to entering and adult students completing their education.  CLEP® can help you: earn 3–6 college credits, save tuition dollars at $85.00 per exam, graduate on time and add flexibility to your degree program.

CLEP® examinations cover material usually taught in the first two years of college. A college often grants the same amount of credit for a CLEP® exam that it grants for the equivalent course. Each exam is approximately 90 minutes long and, is made up primarily of multiple choice questions (except for College Composition which has two essays in addition to the multiple choice and allows 120 minutes).  All exams are administered on computer offering the following advantages:

  • Instant candidate score reports (except for College Composition, 3–4 weeks)
  • Year-round testing
  • "Rights-only" scoring – no penalty for guessing

Shorten your path to a college degree.

  • Place out of a graduation requirement or an introductory course.
  • Satisfy pre-requisite requirements (English Composition or Math Core)
  • Get credit for what you already know.
  • Shorten the time it takes to earn a degree.
  • Save tuition dollars.
  • Have a more stimulating and rewarding college experience.
  • Potentially earn your “Freshman Year for Free.”*

Consult with your academic advisor to find out which CLEP® exams are accepted and what score is considered for successful completion. Each institution develops their own CLEP® policy.

*The Modern States Education Alliance announced its official launch of tuition-free online CLEP® courses. The courses, taught by professors from leading institutions, have no prerequisites or restrictions for enrolling and cover all CLEP exam subjects. The courses are free to all users and also include free textbooks and course materials. Learn more