CLEP Exams

Undergraduate students, including undergraduate adult degree completion students and undergraduate online students, can take any of the subject exams offered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and be granted college credit for demonstrating proficiency in assessed areas. The exact college credit granted for CLEP exams will be determined by the academic schools and assigned to the academic record of the student by the Registrar’s Office. Students should be aware that some academic departments will not permit CLEP exam credit to substitute for required courses in their majors or minors. The list of credit awarded for successful completion of a CLEP examination is available below. Students should review this list prior to registering for a CLEP exam.

CLEP Examination

CLEP exams are provided for undergraduate courses of study only and may not be used to fulfill degree requirements in the seminary or graduate programs.

Students are permitted to take a CLEP examination at any time during their college education with the exception of their last semester of study.

CLEP exams may not be retaken within a six-month period. If a candidate retakes the examination during this period, the administration of the exam is considered invalid. Therefore, when planning to take a CLEP exam to meet a course requirement, students accept the responsibility that being unsuccessful on the exam could lead to a delay in graduation.

CLEP exams may not be used to satisfy the requirements of any courses in the Grace Core with the exception of ENG 1100 Effective Writing. Students who wish to attempt to test out of Effective Writing must submit a written essay on a specified prompt that will be graded by the Chairperson of the English Department prior to registering for and taking the computerized CLEP exam. Please also be aware that students interested in taking the CLEP exam should not register for ENG 1100 Effective Writing unless they do not pass the exam, and still need to receive credit for the class.  Also, students should plan on the completion of both portions of the exam (essay and online) to take about 4-6 weeks. For more information, please contact learningcenter@grace.edu.

CLEP exams may not be used to satisfy foreign language requirements for the B.A. Degree Option, a language minor or language major. Students who complete a foreign language CLEP exam will receive general elective credit that will count toward overall credits needed to graduate. Students who wish to pursue the B.A. Degree Option or study foreign languages as a major or minor at Grace College will take an alternative assessment, the Foreign Language Placement Exam (FLPE), online.

There is no limit to the amount of credit a student can earn using the CLEP exam.

Instructions for the Language Placement Examination


How can I register for a CLEP exam?

Contact The Learning Center (Library) at 574-372-5100, ext. 6421.


When are CLEP exams offered?

Due to a limited number of computer testing stations, students must arrange an appointment with The Learning Center. Exams must be completed prior to the start of the semester in which a student will graduate.


How do I receive my scores?

Your score report is provided right after the test is completed. The only exception to this is the essay portion of the Freshman College Composition exam, which is graded by the Grace College English Department. You must successfully complete both portions in order to receive credit.

If you want your scores sent to a college (including Grace College), employer or certifying agency, you must select this option through the examination software on the day of the exam. This service is free of charge only if you select your score recipient at the time of your test. A $20 fee will be charged for each transcript ordered at a later date.


How are scores computed?

Your score report will show the total scaled score, which falls between 20 and 80 and is closely related to the number of questions answered correctly. Your raw score increases by one point for each question answered correctly, and no points are gained or lost when a question is not answered or is answered incorrectly. The raw score is translated into a scaled score by a process that adjusts for differences in the difficulty of the questions on various forms of the test. Grace College accepts a score of 50 or higher in order to receive credit.


Does my CLEP score count in my GPA?

No, Grace College gives you credit, but no letter grade.  


Can CLEP credits be transferred?

Usually. Check the policy of the institution to which you wish to transfer.


How do I prepare for a CLEP exam?

Use "The Official Study Guide for the CLEP Examinations," which is available on the CLEP website. A copy of this study guide is available in The Learning Center office. A description of the various exams can be found on the CLEP web page. You can also talk with advisers and faculty and review textbooks in the appropriate subject area and other relevant sources.

The Library also offers practice tests through the Testing and Education Reference Center. Click on the College Prep Tools to access the CLEP practice tests.


CLEP fees

Exam Fee: $80 (as of July 1, 2012). Additional charge of $20 for exams that require an essay.

To register for a CLEP exam, go to http://clep.collegeboard.org/started. After you pay, print out your admissions ticket and bring it with you the day you're scheduled to take the test.

Administration Fee: $20

This fee is payable directly to Grace College for non-Grace students. Students who are currently enrolled at Grace or have deposited for the next school year do not have to pay this fee.

Transcript Fee: $20

Credit cards are accepted for telephone orders through CLEP Services (800-257-9558). For mail requests, use the bottom half of the Candidate Score Report. Instructions are provided on the form.

Study Resources: Go to http://clep.collegeboard.org/study-resources or The Learning Center (574-372-5100, ext. 6421) for further information.