College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

UALR CLEP code: 6368

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. Earn qualifying scores on any of the 33 introductory-level college subject examinations and accelerate your education. The 90-minute exams, which cost $80 each, are administered at 1,800 test centers, and 2,900 colleges and universities.

CLEP Information for Test-Takers booklet

Appointment Days and Times Accommodation Test Day – What to Bring
Credit at Other Institutions Credit at UALR Fees
How Credit is Earned Military Other Arkansas Testing Centers
Scoring Study Guides Baptist School of Nursing

How to Register for a CLEP Exam

  1. Decide which CLEP test(s) to take.
    • UALR students should refer to the UALR Credit table for a list of UALR approved tests.
    • UALR administers all CLEP tests, even those that are not accepted for credit at UALR.
    • UALR permits examinees to take up to two 90-minute tests (one after the other) during a single appointment. You may register for as many tests as you wish, but only two will be administered. An additional appointment(s) may be needed.
    • Students seeking credit at other institutions should check with their school for approved tests. Additional information can be found under Credit at Other Institutions.
  2. Create an online account through the CLEP My Account Registration Portal.
  3. Register online for your test(s).
    • Be prepared to submit the $80.00 test fee to CLEP at the time you register. UALR Testing will assess a $25.00 nonrefundable fee on your test day. An additional $10.00 nonrefundable essay fee may be required. Refer to Test Fees.
  4. Military personnel and civilian employees may be eligible for reimbursement of the $80.00 CLEP fee, but the UALR $25.00 and possible $10.00 essay fee will not be waived or reimbursed. Please refer to CLEP for Military, DANTES Eligibility Chart, and the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Any reimbursement must be requested through CLEP and/or the Dept. of Veterans Affairs; UALR is not part of this process.
  5. Print-out your voucher/registration ticket. UALR requires that you present this voucher on your appointment date to verify your registration with CLEP. You may not test without it.
  6. Call UALR Testing Services at 501.569.3198 to schedule your appointment. Have a pen/pencil and paper ready to write down your appointment information.
  7. Review the Test Day – What to Bring section for test center regulations and policies.
  8. Study for your test. Study materials are available in bookstores and on the College Board CLEP website. If you do not pass your CLEP test, but you wish to try again, you must wait SIX MONTHS before retesting in that particular subject.

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Appointment Days and Times

CLEP tests are administered on most Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. During busy times, we may have openings available at 9:00 a.m.

You may take up to two 90-minute exams (one after the other) at a single appointment time.

Early registration is recommended, as computer space is limited and some dates fill-up quickly. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE DURING THE SUMMER, WHICH IS OUR BUSIEST TESTING PERIOD. REGISTER EARLY!

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Test Fees

$25 per test is due on your appointment date by check or money order, payable to “UALR”, or credit card (VISA or MasterCard).

Your $80 CLEP registration fee plus your $25 UALR appointment date fee will total $105. If an essay is required, your total fees will be $80 + $25 + $10 = $115 per exam.

$10 per essay is due on your appointment date (payable to “UALR”) for the following essays only:

  • American Literature essay (This exam is hand-written by the examinee, and scored by UALR faculty members.)
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature essay
  • English Literature essay
  • Freshman College Composition essay
  • The English Composition with essay test consists of a multiple choice section and an essay section. This is the only CLEP essay that must be typed on the computer. The essay is transmitted electronically to CLEP in New York for scoring.
  • The UALR Department of History requires that all examinees take and pass an essay test in addition to the CLEP multiple choice test. There is no additional fee for the History essay test.

On your test day, you will take the CLEP multiple choice test first. If you make a passing score according to UALR requirements, you will then take the essay test. Essay questions are written, and scored by UALR history faculty. Results will be mailed to you usually within 2 weeks of the test date.

NOTE: If you are NOT taking the essay portion of one of the four tests listed above, you will NOT be charged the $10 essay fee. There is NOT a $10 essay fee for the UALR history essay or the College Composition exam.

Example: If you registered for the American Literature exam, and are taking the multiple choice test only, you will pay $25 to UALR on your appointment date. If you need to take the essay portion also, you will pay a total of $35 to UALR. You can make one check payable to “UALR” for $35 in this case.  Remember, this charge is per test. If you are registering for two tests, you will pay double the total amount.
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Test Day – What to Bring

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  1. Two forms of acceptable identification are required:
      • Your driver’s license, passport, or other government issued identification that includes your photograph and signature, as well as a secondary form of ID that includes a photo and/or your signature, such as a student ID. You will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to for testing. The last name on your primary ID must match the name on your registration ticket.
      • Military test-takers: bring your military ID and Social Security card.
      • Print-out your voucher/registration ticket. UALR requires that you present this voucher on your appointment date to verify your registration with CLEP. You may not test without it.
      • Payment of the UALR test fee ($25 or $35 if an essay is required.
        • UALR accepts Visa, MasterCard, personal check, and money order. Neither cash nor credit cards from foreign banks are accepted.
      • If a calculator is permitted for your test, it will be provided on your computer.
      • DO NOT bring food, drinks, gum, candy, etc. They are not permitted in our main office or testing lab.
        • Other items such as hats, purses, books, study guides, tissues, pens, pencils, paper, and bookbags are not permitted in the testing lab. If you must bring them, please be prepared to store them in a locker in our office.
        • Cell phones, pagers, beeping watches, and other electronic devices are NOT permitted in the testing lab, even if they are turned off. Please do not bring these items with you, or be prepared to store them in a locker in our office. Find out more by reading our policy regarding cell phones in the Testing Center.
      • Please do not bring children with you. They are not permitted in the test room, and Testing Services staff is not permitted to provide child care.

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Taking the Test

Before beginning your exam, spend some time on the tutorial to familiarize yourself with the testing software.

You will receive your score immediately after testing. Exceptions:

  1. The “College Composition” test score will be sent to you from CLEP. Check CLEP Scoring for more information. (Note: The essay portion of the College Composition test must be typed. All other essays are handwritten.)
  2. Handwritten essays will be scored in the appropriate academic department. We cannot guarantee a turnaround date for essays that are graded by the departments.  It can often take an extended amount of time for such an essay to be graded.  Please plan accordingly.

Take your personal copy of your score report with you. The College Board (the company in New York that coordinates national CLEP testing) will send an official copy to the college or university that you indicated on the computer. Official score reports usually reach the recipients within two weeks of your test date. Please note that UALR does not send scores to other institutions.

If you are applying for credit at UALR and you passed your exam, your credit will be processed automatically. Note that you must have a current transcript for credits to be posted. If this is your first semester at UALR, or if you have not enrolled, your credits cannot be processed until you have enrolled and are attending courses at UALR.  If you don’t pass your CLEP test but you wish to try again, you must wait SIX MONTHS before retesting in that particular subject.

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Accommodation

Testing Services and the Disability Resource Center (DRC) have collaborated to improve the way students are accommodated in academic testing. For more detailed information, visit Accommodated Exams in Testing Services for UALR course-based testing.

CLEP accommodation policy can be found online in the booklet Information for Test Takers

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How Credit is Earned through CLEP Tests

CLEP credit comes from colleges and universities, not from CLEP scores. Sometimes students think that taking a CLEP test means automatic college credit wherever you enroll, or even if you don’t enroll anywhere. This is not the case.

When you take a CLEP test, you must send the score to an approved college or university if you want credit. Even if you earn an outstanding score on a CLEP test, you still have no credit until that score has been sent to and approved by your college or university.

Remember that CLEP policies vary from campus to campus. Don’t take CLEP tests until you are sure where you will attend school and what that school’s policies are.

To earn CLEP credit at UALR, you must have a current transcript, and you must make the required score set by UALR faculty members on tests approved by UALR faculty members.

If you have never attended UALR and don’t plan to attend UALR, please do not send your CLEP scores to UALR. No credits can be awarded unless you are currently enrolled and are attending courses.

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Credit at Other Institutions

UALR is an open center for any person who wants to take a CLEP test. If you wish to earn credit at some other institution, make sure you find out which CLEP tests are accepted for credit and what the cutoff scores are for your college or university. Cutoff scores vary from school to school. If you do not know the required score for your test, you will not know if you passed!

Before the test begins, you will select the institution where you want your official score report sent. All colleges and universities that are approved to receive CLEP scores will be listed in the computer.

Check the list of Colleges and Universities that grant CLEP credit by using the College Board’s CLEP College database. If you do NOT see your school listed, contact your school NOW and ask how to have your scores sent to them. If they give you a mailing address, bring it with you on the test date. Code numbers are NOT necessary.

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UALR Credit

This table consists only of those CLEP tests that are accepted for credit at UALR. There are other CLEP exams. If you are attempting to earn credit at an institution, other than UALR, you may take any CLEP test that is listed on the current CLEP website. Of course, you should make sure that your institution gives credit for the test(s) you take.

TEST TITLE
(arranged by department)
PAPER SCOREa COMPUTER SCOREa CREDITS AWARDED
Biology
Biology 50 50 BIOL 1401, Science of Biology
Computer Science
Information Systems and Computer Applications n/a 50 CPSC 1370, Computer Literacy
Economics and Finance
Microeconomics n/a 50 ECON 2322, Principles of Microeconomics
Macroeconomics n/a 50 ECON 2323, Principles of Macroeconomics
Educational Foundations
Introduction to Educational Psychology 47 50 EDFN 3320, Introduction to Educational Psychology
English
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 54b 50b on multiple choice AND passing the essay ENGL 2337, World Literature
Foreign Languages
French Language 42 54 FREN 1311, 1312 and 2311, Elementary French I, II, and Intermediate French I
39 50c FREN 1311 and 1312, Elementary French I and II
German Language 42 60d (63 if you tested prior to June 25, 2008) GERM 1311, 1312, 2311, and 2312, Elementary German I and II, and Intermediate German I and II
39 55d (57 if you tested prior to June 25, 2008) GERM 1311,1312 and 2311, Elementary German I and II, and Intermediate German I
36 50d (The score 50 for six credit hours has not changed) GERM 1311 and 1312, Elementary German I and II
Spanish Language 50 58e (56 if you tested prior to August 2007; see below) SPAN 1311,1312 and 2311, Elementary Spanish I and II, and Intermediate Spanish I.
45 50 SPAN 1311 and 1312, Elementary Spanish I and II
History
History of the United States I 53f 54f on multiple choice AND passing the essay HIST 2311, U.S. History to 1877
History of the United States II f 55f on multiple choice AND passing the essay HIST 2312, U.S. History Since 1877
Western Civilization I f 57f on multiple choice AND passing the essay HIST 1311, History of Civilization I
Western Civilization II f 56fon multiple choice AND passing the essay HIST 1312, History of Civilization II
Management
Principles of Management 50 60 MGMT 1300, Introduction to Business
Marketing
Principles of Marketing 48 50 MKTG 3350, Principles of Marketing
Introductory Business Law n/a 50 MKTG 2380, Legal Environment of Business
Mathematics
Calculus 46 55 MATH 145, Calculus I
College Algebra 50 53 MATH 1302, College Algebra
College Mathematics n/a 50 MATH 1315, College Mathematics
Precalculus n/a 55 MATH 1302, College Algebra
Trigonometry 54 58 MATH 1303, Trigonometry
NOTE: This test is no longer available as of July 1, 2006. A departmental exam in Trig has taken its place.
Physics
Natural Sciences n/a 55 PHYS 1310, Physical Concepts
Political Science
American Government 55 55 POLS 1310, American National Government
Psychology
Introductory Psychology 57 64 PSYC 2300, Psychology and the Human Experience
Rhetoric and Writing (Composition)
English Composition (the multiple choice test only) n/a 50 RHET 1311, Composition I
Freshman College Composition (UALR does not require the optional essay) n/a 50 RHET 1311, Composition I
English Composition with Essay n/a 50 to 62 RHET 1311, Composition I
English Composition with Essay, cont. n/a 63 RHET 1311 and RHET 1312
College Composition n/a 50 RHET 1311 and RHET 1312
College Composition Modular n/a 50 RHET 1311, Composition I
Sociology
Introductory Sociology 60 53 SOCI 2300, Introduction to Sociology


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a Required scores changed in July 2001 as CLEP tests became computer-based. “Paper Score” refers to scores earned on pencil/paper tests during the 2000-2001 testing year. “Computer Score” refers to scores earned on computer-based tests in July 2001 or later. CLEP scores are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. The minimum scores are based on this scale. They are not percentage scores.

b Scores marked with b indicate that you must pass the multiple choice test AND an essay test.

c IMPORTANT NOTE ON FRENCH: April 17, 2008, changes were made in the content of the test, and the required scores were changed. The score you need will depend upon when you tested. You can tell by looking at your score report – if it shows a recommended score of 62 for 12 hours, you tested under the old guidelines (62 for 12 hours and 56 for 9 hours). If your score report shows a recommended score of 59 for 12 hours, you tested under the new guideline (59 for 12 hours and 54 for 9 hours). The score of 50 for 6 credit hours has not changed.

d IMPORTANT NOTE ON GERMAN: June 25, 2008, changes were made in the content of the test, and the required scores were changed. The score you need will depend upon when you tested. You can tell by looking at your score report – if it shows a recommended score of 63 for 12 hours, you tested under the old guidelines (63 for 12 hours and 57 for 9 hours). If your score report shows a recommended score of 60 for 12 hours, you tested under the new guidelines (60 for 12 hours and 55 for 9 hours). The score of 50 for 6 credit hours has not changed.

e IMPORTANT NOTE ON SPANISH: In August 2007, changes were made in the content of the test, and the required scores were changed. The score you need will depend upon when you tested. You can tell by looking at your score report — if it shows a recommended score of 66 for 12 hours, you tested under the old guidelines (66 for 12 hours and 58 for 9 hours). If your score report shows a recommended score of 63 for 12 hours, you tested under the new guidelines (63 for 12 hours and 56 for 6 hours). The score of 50 for 6 credit hours has not changed.

f IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING HISTORY: The UALR Department of History requires that all examinees take and pass an ESSAY test in addition to the CLEP multiple choice test. There is no additional fee for the essay test. ON THE TEST DAY: You will take the CLEP multiple choice test first. If you make a passing score according to UALR requirements, you will then take the essay test. Essay questions are written and scored by UALR history faculty. Results will be mailed to the examinee, usually within 2 weeks of the test date.