CLEP - (College Level Exam Program)

The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. By receiving a satisfactory score, students can earn from 3 to 12 college credits toward a college degree for each CLEP exam taken, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college or university.

Why Take a CLEP Exam?

  • Save time. Get college credit for what you already know.  Be rewarded for what you've learned through independent study, advanced high school courses, noncredit adult courses, or professional development.

  • Save money. Compare the cost of a CLEP exam to hundreds — even thousands — of dollars in tuition.  (CLEP exams are free to military service members, contactTesting Center for more information.)

  • Make college more interesting. Move right into advanced courses.

  • Exams are available at Texas A&M in 34 college-level courses.  (Click here for a list of CLEP exams offered for credit at A&M-Commerce.)

  • CLEP is administered on computer and exams are available year-round by appointment. 

  • The tests are timed and 90 minutes long.

  • All exams are scored on a scale of 20 to 80.

  • With the exception of English Composition with Essay, exams are composed primarily of multiple-choice questions. Some mathematics exams include fill-in type questions.

  • Students know right away how they performed.

Exams accepted for credit by Texas A&M University-Commerce can be found here.

CLEP Test Dates and Fees:

All testing appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of your desired testing date and time. We cannot accommodate same-day testers or walk-ins.

CLEP exams scheduled by appointment only during regular office hours. Prior to making an appointment with the Testing Center, you should register for the CLEP exam and pay the $87 CLEP fee through CollegeBoard's website.

Please note: effective July 1st, 2018 CollegeBoard has raised the CLEP fee to $87. 

Additionally, you must pay for the Testing Center's proctoring services, which is a $30 non-refundable fee payable to the Testing Center through our MarketPlace website.

The total CLEP exam fee is $117 ($87 payable to CLEP and $30 payable to Texas A&M University-Commerce).

CLEP exam fees are subject to change without notice.

Prior to Exam Day:

You must go to and complete registration and payment for your CLEP exam. BRING YOUR REGISTRATION EMAIL FROM CLEP WITH YOU ON THE DAY OF YOUR SCHEDULED EXAM. You must have your registration number with you in order to take your exam.

What to Expect on the Day of the Exam:

  • A valid photo ID is required (driver's license w/ signature, state issued ID w/ signature, military ID, passport)

  • Bring the registration email sent to you by CLEP upon completion of your registration

  • Exams are approximately 90 minutes long

Test Prep Resources:

The official CLEP Study Guide is available on reserve in the TAMU-Commerce library or you can go to here for more information including exam descriptions, downloadable individual study guides, as well as other CLEP suggested study materials and to order an official paper back CLEP study guide.