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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP covers 34 subjects and is accepted by 2,900 universities worldwide. Learn more at clep.collegeboard.org.

Q. Why is CLEP a good fit for Great Hearts students?


In general, Great Hearts students are well prepared to take and therefore benefit from CLEP tests. The Great Hearts curriculum is preparing students to perform well on the CLEP exam with limited other outside support. Further, the range of CLEP tests available for students to take is broader, including options such as College Algebra, for example.

Q. What does CLEP stand for?


College-Level Examination Program

Q. How many CLEP exams are there?


CLEP offers 34 exams that cover introductory level college course material. The full list of CLEP exams can be found at the College Board’s CLEP website: https://clep.collegeboard.org/clep-exams

Q. Which exams should I take?


The following exams are recommended to Great Hearts students:

Foreign Language
- French Language: Levels 1 and 2
- Spanish Language: Levels 1 and 2
- Spanish with Writing: Levels 1 and 2

- History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877*
- History of the United States II: 1865 to Present*
- Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648*
- Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present*

Literature and Composition
- Analyzing and Interpreting Literature*
- College Composition*

Science and Mathematics
- Biology*
- Chemistry*
- Natural Sciences
- College Algebra
- Precalculus
- Calculus*

Courses marked with a * are going to need some preparation on the part of the student outside of the standard Great Hearts curriculum. Courses not so marked will still require test prep for students to master the format of the test but will require only a minor amount of curriculum supplementation.

Q. How do I sign-up for a CLEP exam?


Visit the College Board’s CLEP website: https://clep.collegeboard.org/clep-exams to select your exam and register.

Select your testing date: CLEP Tests 2023-2024 (configio.com)

Q. How much do CLEP exams cost?


Exams cost only $93 plus your test center's administration fee (administration fee waived for Great Hearts students testing at the Great Hearts test site, Scottsdale Preparatory Academy).

Q. Can I retake a CLEP exam?


You can retake the same CLEP exam three months after your original test date.

Q. Where can I take a CLEP exam?


CLEP exams are offered year-round at more than 2,000 CLEP test centers worldwide. Scottsdale Preparatory Academy is serving as a Great Hearts test site exclusively for Great Hearts students.

Q. How long are CLEP exams?


CLEP exams take about 90–120 minutes to complete, depending on the exam subject.

Q. What is the format of CLEP exams?


CLEP exams contain multiple-choice questions.

Q. How can I prepare for a CLEP exam?


Free test prep courses and a voucher to register for a free CLEP exam after course completion can be found at: www.modernstates.org

Q. Which Great Hearts campuses serve as CLEP test sites?


Scottsdale Preparatory will serve as a pilot site for 2023-2024. Based on demand and results, Great Hearts will evaluate the need for additional CLEP sites for future testing.

Q. How long does it take to get the results?


Students receive their CLEP exam scores immediately after completing the exam (except for College Composition and Spanish with Writing).

Q. How many colleges give credit for CLEP exams?


With a passing score on one CLEP exam, you could earn three or more college credits at 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities.

Q. Which colleges give credit for CLEP?


Find credit-granting policies for a specific institution or CLEP exam: https://clep.collegeboard.org/clep-college-credit-policy-search

Q. Where can I learn more about CLEP?