College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to earn college credit through testing for knowledge acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships. 

Test Information

CLEP exams cover material taught in courses most students take as requirements in the first two years of college.  Most CLEP exams are 90 minutes and multiple choice, except the College Composition exam which is 120 minutes and requires essays. CLEP offers 33 examinations in five subject areas. Kent State University currently accepts 24 of these exams for course equivalent credit. Exams may be repeated after a 3 month waiting period following the initial test date.  The College Board will nullify results of tests taken more frequently.

Purchase a CLEP Exam and Schedule a Test Date on Campus

Test takers must purchase their CLEP exam prior to registering for a test session  

  1. Step One: Select and purchase a CLEP exam through CollegeBoard at the My Account Portal.  Following the purchase of a CLEP exam, you are provided with a payment receipt and a ticket ID.  The ticket ID is valid for testing within six months of CLEP exam purchase.  Once you have your ticket ID, you are ready to schedule your test date.  Need assistance with this step? Please see the CLEP Exam Registration Tutorial
  2. Step Two: For testing sessions administered at the Kent Campus, please register through our Online Test Registration site.  Follow instructions carefully and provide the required information. An email confirmation will be sent within 5-10 minutes of registration.  Follow the link in the email to pay the $35.00 fee to Kent State.  This fee must be paid online at the time of registration and is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Registration is not complete until this payment is received.

Identification Required on Test Day

Test takers must present their CLEP ticket ID and government issued ID (with both a photo and a signature) in order to be admitted for testing. The name on the CLEP ticket ID must match the name on the government issued ID.

Score Reports and Receiving Credit

CLEP examination results are available immediately after the test via a candidate score report (except the College Composition exam due to essay scoring which may take up to four weeks). Check this score report and the Kent State CLEP Credit Guide to determine if you will receive credit. 

  • If you indicated Kent State University as a score recipient (KSU Code Number 1367), we will receive an official score report approximately two weeks after the test date. Once the transcript is received, we will notify you via your Kent State email, and the transcript will be sent to the Credit Transfer office for processing. 
  • For individuals who have been admitted to Kent State, the score report will be submitted to the Credit Transfer office for inclusion with your official academic record. Students who are not admitted and enrolled within one year of having taken a CLEP test must request that their CLEP transcript be resubmitted to Kent State University in order for credit to be posted to their transcript.
  • Any credit earned will be posted to your transcript as credit hours, without a grade.  No indication will be made on your transcript for non-passing scores.
  • Before purchasing a CLEP exam, prospective and admitted Kent State University students should be familiar with the Alternative Credit Testing Eligibility requirements as stated in the 2016 - 2017 University Catalog.  Students should consult with their academic advisor or college advising office prior to scheduling a CLEP exam to ensure eligibility requirements are met. 
  • Students who take CLEP exams at another institution must request that their scores be sent to Kent State University in order for credit to be posted to their transcript.