CLEP

College Level Examination Program


CLEP is a testing program developed by a national organization called The College Board and administered by a company called Educational Testing Service (ETS). This program allows students who already know material covered by a certain course to gain college credit by taking a test instead of the actual class. This "testing-out" of classes can often save students both a lot of time and money.

Most colleges and universities accept at least some of CLEP's thirty-four different tests. As a result, the acronym has become so well known it is common to hear it used as a verb. Instead of saying "I want to test-out of a class," people will often say "I want to clep out of a class."

This usage, however, can create some confusion, because CLEP is actually only one brand of test used for the purpose of "testing-out" of classes. The University of Utah, for example, does not accept CLEP tests for it's language requirements. A different test called the MLA is used for this purpose.

Tests Accepted by the University of Utah

The University of Utah currently accepts fourteen CLEP tests. The following table provides the name of each test and the minimum score required to earn credit hours and waive graduation requirements:

CLEP Test Name

General Education Area

Minimum Score Required

Credit Hours Earned

Waives

College Composition (with 2 essays)

English

50

3

Writing 1010

American Government

History

50

3

American Institutions Requirement

College Algebra

Math

50

3

QA Math Requirement

Calculus

Math

50

3

QA and QB Math Requirement

Biology

Science

50

3

One Science Foundation Requirement

Chemistry

Science

50

3

One Science Foundation Requirement

Humanities

Fine Arts

50

3

One Fine Arts Foundation Requirement

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature (without essay)

Humanities

50

3

One Humanities Foundation Requirement

Western Civilization II

Humanities

50

3

One Humanities Foundation Requirement

Social Science

Social Science

50

3

One Social Science Foundation

Psychology

Social Science

50

3

One Social Science Foundation

Sociology

Social Science

50

3

One Social Science Foundation

History of US-1 and History of US-2 (two tests)

History

50

3

American Institutions Requirement

Before registering to take a CLEP test intended to meet a University of Utah requirement, students should first go to University College Academic Advising to make sure that this is in their best interest. The University College office is located in Room 450 of the Student Services Building. The telephone number is 801-581-8146.

Cost

Each CLEP test costs a total of $100.00. This amount needs to be paid with two separate payments:

  • $80.00 to CLEP (paid online via credit card when pre-registering)
  • $20.00 to the University of Utah (paid in person on the day of the test via cash, check, or credit card)

Schedule

CLEP tests are administered in the Testing Center by appointment, Monday to Friday, unless there is a holiday or some other conflict such as "Finals Week."

Registering

To take a CLEP test, one must first pre-register online at http://clep.collegeboard.org and print-out an admission ticket, then call the Testing Center at 801-581-8733 to make an appointment.

Preparing

Most major bookstores, such as the University Bookstore, sell CLEP preparation materials. Information may also be obtained from the official CLEP website at:

Taking the Test

Test takers are expected to arrive early the day of the test. They must present two forms of photo identification such as a drivers license, passport or student I.D. card. The test will last about two hours.

Scores

Unofficial scores will be available immediately following most CLEP exams. Official score reports will be mailed by CLEP to the receiving institution approximately four weeks after the exam.

Getting Credit

It is recommended that University of Utah students who take the CLEP test hand deliver their unofficial score reports to the Admissions office immediately following the exam. However, if they designated the University of Utah as their score recipient at the time of testing, CLEP should mail an official score report directly to the Admissions office in about four weeks. Students should then follow-up with the Admissions office approximately six weeks after taking the test to verify that the intended credit has been granted.

The Admissions Office CLEP Evaluator is located in Room 250 of the Student Services Building. The telephone number is 801-585-5220. The mailing address is:

CLEP EVALUATOR
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
ADMISSIONS OFFICE
201 S 1460 E RM 250
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84112-9027

Individuals who take CLEP tests for use at another institution must contact that institution to find out what is required to obtain credit.

Retaking

CLEP will allow individuals to retake a test as early as six months after it was last taken. The University of Utah also follows this policy.

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