CLEP, the College-Level Examination Program, is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the country. CLEP examinations allow a person to demonstrate knowledge that has been acquired through independent study, academic interests, or on-the-job training. CLEP may entitle an individual to earn from 3 to 6 hours of college credit for each test successfully completed.
Western is pleased to be a part of the CLEP family, providing service not only to our students, but to the community.
Each college sets its own policy regarding how much credit and for what courses credit will be given. Before registering for the CLEP, it is the examinee's responsibility to find out the following information:
- Does the college where you are reporting the scores recognize CLEP exams?
- What score is needed to receive credit(s)?
- Are there additional requirements before credit is granted?
WESTERN'S 'COURSE EQUIVALENCY' POLICY
- All CLEP examinations are available through Western's Testing Center. However, Western does not grant credit for all exams. To see the CLEP course equivalencies at Western, click here.
- Twelve credit hours must be completed and earned at Western before CLEP exams are entered on transcript and used for your degree.
The Official Study Guide for the CLEP Examinations contains descriptions of all CLEP exams, sample exam questions and answers, test preparation in every subject, test-taking strategies and general information about CLEP.
The Guide may be purchased through The College Board by calling 1-800-323-7155. Cost is $25.00 + postage. In addition, old textbooks may also come in handy as a review for exams. You may also visit the College Board website (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/exams.html) for more information and descriptions of each exam.
Examinees must make an appointment with the Testing Center for the exam. This can be done by calling (580) 477-7921 to schedule the appointment.
The examinee must present valid photo ID's (i.e., military ID, driver's license, passport, etc.) on test day. If the examinee is military and the exam is being funded through DANTES, they MUST present their military ID as their primary ID.
The CLEP exams are administered in the Testing Center (SSC 206) located in the main building on campus.
All exams are computer based. In addition, some exams require a written essay. Please check with the institution granting credit to determine if an essay is required.
The current cost of most CLEP exams is $87 with an additional $25 administration fee for a total of $112.00.
Effective July 1, 2019, the new CLEP fee will be $89 with an additional $25 administration fee for a total of $114.00.
Active duty military members do not pay any fees at Western's Testing Center. In the event of a retest, DANTES will only fund the first exam. All fees for the 2nd and subsequent retest (same title) will be paid by the candidate.
Results are available immediately after completion of the exam, unless the test requires an essay. Official score reports will be mailed to the granting institution designated by the candidate at time of registration and may take 2-3 weeks. If an essay is required, scores are not available until CLEP has scored the essay and the combined score is released. This may take up to 3-4 weeks.