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CLEP Test

What is the CLEP?
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program. More than 2,900 accredited institutions of higher education award credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. CLEP offers a way to receive credit for "what you know."

Taking CLEP exams can shorten the time it takes to earn your degree, can allow you to skip general introductory courses, and can even satisfy a proficiency requirement by demonstrating that you've already mastered the content. CLEP exams can reduce the number of courses you need to graduate, saving hundreds of dollars in tuition.

What CLEP exams are available?
There are about 33 CLEP exams available to you which cover the more traditional college subject areas. Several of the English exams require an essay. Look at our list of CLEP exams and see if you can get on the fast track to a degree!

How Do I Register for the CLEP?

CLEP testing is available to the public. Area residents may pick up information and applications for the test at any Hillsborough Community College Campus Test Center. Fees: $80.00 (PER TEST). Credit cards are the preferred method of payment (Only MasterCard, and Visa are accepted). Checks and money orders are also accepted. Checks for test fees must be made out to CLEP. There is also a $20.00 Test Center Fee (PER TEST) payable to HCC at the Bursar's Office. 


Where is the CLEP test administered?
The CLEP tests are given on all campuses except Ybor City. Please contact the campus where you wish to test for an appointment


May I retake the CLEP exam?
CLEP exams may be retaken every six months. Fees remain the same.

Who cannot take the CLEP exam?
At Hillsborough Community College, students who have attempted a course and received a failing grade cannot attempt a CLEP test in that particular subject. 

How do I prepare for the CLEP exams?
The College Board has available study guides containing descriptions of all CLEP exams, sample exam questions and answers, test-taking strategies, and general information about credit by exams. For more information about CLEP go to www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/exams.html.
 
 How are CLEP exams scored?
Candidates will not be penalized for wrong answers; only correct responses will be counted toward the final score. Click here to view required test scores.

When will I get my test results?
You will receive your official candidate score report upon completion of the exam unless you have taken College Composition, which may take up to six weeks to be scored.