CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

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

Most CLEP exams are 90 minutes and multiple choice, except the College Composition exam which is 120 minutes and requires essays. Exams taken prior to October 17, 2014 may be repeated after a six month waiting period.  Tests taken after this date may be repeated after a three-month waiting period.  The College Board will nullify results of tests taken more frequently.

Register for a CLEP Exam and Schedule Test Date

Pre-register and submit separate payments for each test as follows:

  1. FIRST STEP: Register and pay for an exam at the My Account Portal.  This registration provides you with a payment receipt and a TICKET ID.  Once you have your TICKET ID, you are ready to schedule your test date.
  2. SECOND STEP: Schedule a test date at our Online CLEP Registration Site for tests administered at the Kent Campus Career Services Center.  An email confirmation will be sent within 5-10 minutes of registration.  Follow the link in the email to pay the $35 fee to Kent State.  This fee must be paid online at the time of registration and is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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 College Composition due to essay scoring which may take up to four weeks). Check this score report and the KSU cut-off to determine if you will receive credit.

  • If you indicated Kent State as a score recipient (KSU Code Number 1367), Career Services will receive an official score report (approximately two weeks after the test) and determine your credit based on the cut-off scores listed.
  • The score report will be submitted to the Transfer Center for inclusion with your official academic record.  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.
  • CLEP credit earned will not be posted to your Kent State academic record until after you have enrolled in coursework at Kent State University.
  • Students who take CLEP exams at another institution must request that their scores be sent to Kent State in order for credit to be posted to their transcript.