College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
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.
How to Register for a CLEP Exam
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Review the Test Day - What to Bring section for test center regulations and policies.
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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$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.
- 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.
- UALR accepts Visa, MasterCard, personal check, and money order. Neither cash nor credit cards from foreign banks are accepted.
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:
- 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.)
- 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 trying 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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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.
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.
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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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.
|Biology||50||50||BIOL 1401 Science of Biology|
|Information Systems and Computer Applications||n/a||50||CPSC 1370, Computer Literacy|
|Economics & Finance|
|Microeconomics||n/a||50||ECON 2322, Principles of Microeconomics|
|Macroeconomics||n/a||50||ECON 2323, Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Introduction to Educational Psychology||47||50||EDFN 3320 Introduction to Educational Psychology|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature||54b||50b on multiple choice AND passing the essay||ENGL 2337 World Literature|
|French Language||42||54||FREN 1311,1312,2311. Elementary French I and II, Intermediate French I.|
|“||39||50c||FREN 1311,1312 Elementary French I and II|
|German Language||42||60d (63 if you tested prior to June 25, 2008)||GERM 1311,1312,2311,2312 Elementary German I and II, Intermediate German I and II|
|“||39||55d (57 if you tested prior to June 25, 2008)||GERM 1311,1312,2311 Elementary German I and II, Intermediate German I|
|“||36||50d (The score 50 for six credit hours has not changed)||GERM 1311,1312 Elementary German I and II|
|Spanish Language||50||58e (56 if you tested prior to August 2007; see below)||SPAN 1311,1312,2311. Elementary Spanish I and II, Intermediate Spanish I.|
|“||45||50||SPAN 1311,1312 Elementary Spanish I and II|
|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||HIST 1311 History of Civilization I|
|Western Civilization II||f||56f on multiple choice AND passing the essay||HIST 1312 History of Civilization II|
|Principles of Management||50||60||MGMT 1300 Introduction to Business|
|Principles of Marketing||48||50||MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing|
|Introductory Business Law||n/a||50||MKTG 2380 Legal Environment of Business|
|Calculus||46||55||MATH 1451 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.
|Natural Sciences||n/a||55||PHYS 1310 Physical Concepts|
|American Government||55||55||POLS 1310 American National Government|
|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
RHET 1311 & 1312
|College Composition||n/a||50||RHET 1311 & RHET 1312|
|College Composition Modular||n/a||50||RHET 1311 Composition I|
|Introductory Sociology||60||53||SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology|
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.
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.
dIMPORTANT 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
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 ON 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.