College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
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CLEP - College Level Examination Program®

 Brief Description of Exam

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives examinees the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning university-designated minimum scores on any of 34 examinations. Please refer to the table at the bottom of this page for a list of CLEP exams accepted by APSU and the minimum score requirements for each exam. Please see the Additional Information section below for information applicable to examinees who wish to receive credit at APSU.

Important Policies / Updates

Registration and payment for all CLEP exams must be completed online through  Click on "Create an Account" in the upper right corner of the screen and provide all requested information.  Once you have ordered the test through CLEP and have printed your ticket, you must register online here to schedule your test date and time with APSU.

Some policies regarding CLEP exams are at the discretion of individual colleges and universities, i.e. minimum score requirements, optional essays, and course credits. All candidates must contact their school’s Registrar prior to testing to ensure the CLEP exam they wish to take will meet the recipient school’s requirements. The Testing Center strongly recommends that candidates visit the College Board CLEP Web site to make certain they have the most current information regarding all testing policies and procedures.

Registration Requirements

To register to take a CLEP exam, you must first create an account through  Click on "Create an Account" in the upper right corner of the screen, then provide all requested information.  On this site you will both register for your CLEP exam and submit the $87 CLEP testing fee payment. The APSU Recipient Code for CLEP is 1028.  All candidates testing for APSU must use this code for any CLEP test credit they wish to have applied to their APSU transcript.  Do not use code 5071 as your institution recipient code. You must print your registration ticket to present at the testing center on test day.  Your online registration is valid for six months, during which you may register online here to schedule a time and date for your test.   To see the dates available for CLEP testing at APSU, go to

Fees / Payment Method / Remittance Policy

$87.00 per exam plus a $20.00 APSU fee per exam.  Examinees must pay an additional $10.00 fee if they take the optional written essay component of applicable CLEP exams.  This additional $10 for the essay can be paid on testing day as needed. The $87 exam fee is payable on-line with a credit or debit card during the registration process on the CLEP website.  The $20 APSU fee is paid also by credit/debit card during the online APSU registration ((Register for CLEP Appointment)

Please Note: CLEP exams are funded by the U.S. government through Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) for eligible military examinees. Please visit CLEP for Military Personnel on the College Board Web site for more information. Some veterans are also eligible for CLEP benefits. Please visit CLEP for Veterans on the College Board Web site for more information.  If you are eligible for the DANTES funding, please call the testing center to schedule your appointment.

Identification Requirements

Acceptable identification must be valid and current, must bear the test-taker’s full name in English language characters, and must contain both a photograph and a signature. If you have any questions regarding the identification requirement, please call the Testing Center at (931) 221-6269.  You will not be allowed to test at APSU if you do not meet the ID requirement.

Test Dates / Times

Please click on Test Schedule to view the current schedule of test dates and times. Please Note: Seating availability is limited, so examinees should schedule in advance.

Testing Location

On the day of the test, report to 331 Drane Street, Ellington Building, Room 207 10-15 minutes before your scheduled test time.


During peak times on campus, parking availability in the area around the Ellington Building can be limited. Parking passes are required by campus police for visitors.  You may obtain a parking pass at the front lobby of Ellington once you enter the building.  This decal is good for the visitor parking area directly in front of Ellington or in any lot designated with a black square. If you are unfamiliar with campus, please click on the following link to access a Campus Map. Please allow adequate time to acquire parking prior to your scheduled test time.

Permissible Test Aids

Examinees may bring their own non-mechanical pencils; however, scratch paper and pencils will be provided by the Testing Center. A built-in, online calculator is available for some sections of some CLEP exams. Please visit “Exam Descriptions” on the College Board CLEP Web site for more calculator information.

Prohibited Items

Calculators (a calculator function is built into the software for some exams), cellular phones/pagers, beepers, walkie-talkies, PDAs, wireless communication devices (e.g. BlackBerry, Smart Watches), digital watches, alarm watches, wristwatch cameras, any kind of photographic or copying device, listening devices such as radios, media players with head phones or recorders, dictionaries, books, pamphlets, reference materials, papers other than the scratch paper provided by the Testing Center, mechanical pencils, pens, highlighters, slide rules, protractors, compasses, rulers, food, beverages, tobacco products, hats (unless worn for religious requirement), hoodies, and any other unauthorized testing aids.

Results / Score Reports / Transcripts

Examinees will receive a preliminary score report instantly upon completion of the exam. The only exceptions to this are the written essay portions of any exams that must be hand-scored.

Official transcripts are sent to the college or university that examinees select on test day.

College Board maintains CLEP transcripts for a period of 20 years. To request additional transcripts, please contact College Board.

Please visit “Scores & Transcripts” on the College Board CLEP Web site for more information.


The Testing Center has a limited number of seats available for testing. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact the Testing Center via email at least 24 hours before your appointment. You are permitted to reschedule one time without any additional charges if you reschedule 24 hours prior to your exam. If you fail to reschedule , you will be required to pay the online registration fee to APSU again.  You CLEP registration ticket is valid for six months. If your registration ticket has expired, you must go through the CLEP website registration process online again.

Retest Information

Examinees may not repeat a CLEP exam of the same title within three months (per CLEP retest policy effected 10/17/14). Please visit “Retest Policy” on the College Board CLEP Web site for more information.


Please contact the Testing Center at 931-221-6269 to request any accommodations at least two weeks prior to testing. Please visit “Students with Disabilities” on the College Board Web site for general information on College Board’s policies regarding accommodations.

Additional Information

Please dress so that you can adjust to any room temperature.

Food and drink are not allowed in the Testing Center.

Visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress.

APSU Students: If a candidate has already attempted a college-level course closely aligned with a CLEP exam, the candidate may not take the exam to receive additional credit or replace a grade for that course at APSU. For clarification on this policy, please contact the Office of the Registrar at APSU. APSU students with 60 or more credit hours are not eligible to receive credit for General CLEP exams at APSU; however, APSU students are permitted to take and receive credit for the Subject CLEP exams. The Testing Center strongly recommends that APSU students discuss any potential CLEP examinations with their APSU-assigned advisor and the Office of the Registrar prior to testing to ensure that the satisfactory completion of the CLEP exam(s) will provide the examinee with appropriate, degree-required credits.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Testing Center at (931) 221-6269.




General CLEP Exams| Subject CLEP Exams

General CLEP Examinations

In order to receive credit for the General CLEP exams at APSU:

Please Note: Candidates cannot replace a course grade with a CLEP exam.

General CLEP Examination Minimum Score APSU Courses
Humanities 50 6 hours for ART 1035 & MUS 1030
College Mathematics 50 6 hours elective credit
**Natural Sciences 50 6 hours elective credit
Social Sciences & History 50 6 hours elective credit

** Does not meet Liberal Arts Core Science Requirement

Subject CLEP Examinations

In order to receive credit for the Subject CLEP exams at APSU:

Please Note: Candidates cannot replace a course grade with a CLEP exam.

Subject CLEP Examinations APSU Courses Credit Hours Minimum Score
American Government POLS 2010 3 50
*American Literature ENGL elective 3 50
*Analyzing & Interpreting Literature ENGL 1020 3 50
Calculus with Elementary Functions MATH 1810 & 1820 6 50
College Algebra MATH 1710 3 50
College Composition ENGL 1010 3 50
College French (Levels I & II) FREN 1010 & 1020 8 50
College German (Levels I & II) GERM 1010 & 1020 8 50
College Spanish (Levels I & II) SPAN 1010 & 1020 8 50
*English Literature ENGL elective 3 50
General Biology BIOL 1010, 1011 4 50
General Chemistry CHEM 1110, 1111, 1120, 1121 or CHEM 1010, 1011, 1020, 1021 8 or 10 50
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 HIST 2010 3 50
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present HIST 2020 3 50
Human Growth & Development PSY 3100 3 50
Information Systems  CSCI 1000 3 50
Intro to Educational Psychology PSY 3130 3 50
Introductory Business Law MGT 3300 3 50
Introductory Psychology PSY 1010 3 50
Introductory Sociology SOC 1010 3 50
Precalculus MATH 1730 4 50
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 2100 3 50
Principles of Management MGT 3010 3 50
Principles of Marketing MKT 3010 3 50
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 2200 3 50

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

HIST 2310 3 50
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present HIST 2320 3 50

* Both the objective and essay components are required to receive credit at APSU for the CLEP Subject Examinations indicated above.


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Testing Center at (931) 221-6269.