CLEP Information

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program offers students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying score on any of the 33 CLEP exams.  The exams are administered at seven different Minneapolis area colleges, including North Central University and the University of MN – Twin Cities campuses.  There are over 2,900 colleges worldwide that accept credit for successful CLEP scores.  CLEP exams allow people who have acquired comprehensive subject knowledge through prior study to show that they have acquired college-level material.


  • Exams are available in 33 introductory, college-level subjects.
  • Institutions may grant from 3 to 12 credits for each exam passed.
  • CLEP is administered on computer; exams are available year-round.
  • Exams are timed and approximately 90 minutes long; there can be accommodations for students with special needs.
  • Exams are composed primarily of multiple-choice questions; other types of questions require students to fill in a numeric answer, to shade areas of an object, or to put items in the correct order.  Some exams require essays.
  • All exams are scored on a scale of 20 to 80 and the credit-granting score recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for all exams is 50, which represents a grade of C.
  • Score reports are available to students and the administering institution immediately upon completion of the exam.
  • Test scores are kept on file for twenty years and can be sent in transcript form to any institution by request.

Christian Life Academy recommends that students purchase a study guide prior to taking any CLEP exam.  Individual exam guides, which are downloadable, cost $10 at  An official study guide which contains materials for all exams is $24.99 and can be found at the same website.

Christian Life makes no guarantee that students will receive a score on any CLEP exam that would earn college credits.  There are many alumni, however, who have earned credit on multiple tests, including US History, Social Sciences and History, American Government, Western Civilization I, College Algebra and College Math.

More information can be found at or there are brochures in the high school Guidance/Athletic office.