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  • The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Pass any of the 33 CLEP exams and achieve your college and career goals.

    CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired, and cover material that students typically encounter during their first two years of college. Exams are approximately 90 minutes in length and primarily include multiple-choice questions. Some exams include an essay section. Language exams include listening sections. Exams are computer-based, allowing for instant candidate score reports (except College Composition and those with essays).

    Upcoming CLEP test dates:    Testing times are 9:00AM, 11:00AM, and 1:00PM. Please schedule with Terri ( at least one week in advance.

  • Registration

    Step 1: Find Out Your College's CLEP Policy.

    Each college sets its own policy regarding which CLEP exams it will grant credit for and how many credits it will award. Contact your admission officer or academic adviser to learn more about the CLEP policy at your institution. If you are not yet enrolled in a college when you take your CLEP exam, you can send your scores to your college when you enroll. For a list of the colleges that grant credit for CLEP, visit

    Step 2: Log In to the My Account Registration Portal.

    You can create and manage your personal account through the My Account link on the CLEP website ( The registration platform will allow you to register for a CLEP exam 24/7, manage your personal information any time prior to taking the exam, search for test centers, select your score recipient institution, and purchase study materials.

    Step 3: Schedule Appointment with the Test Center.

    CLEP examinations are administered throughout the year at over 1,800 test centers in the United States and abroad. You can find the most up-to-date database of test centers through My Account. After you register for an exam, it is important that you contact the preferred test center to schedule your appointment to test. Registering for an exam provides you with a payment receipt and a Ticket ID, but you must contact a test center to schedule the date and time you wish to take the test. In addition to the $87 exam fee, most test centers charge a nonrefundable administration fee, directly payable to the institution. Check with your test center and confirm the amount required and acceptable method of payment.

    Test Day

    Candidates taking a CLEP test should report to St. Francis Hall 15 minutes prior to their scheduled test time and may park on Franciscan Way in front of Francis Hall during the exam. The physical address for directions/GPS is 132 Franciscan Way. Report to Scotus 317.

    Candidates MUST bring the following items and will not be permitted to test without them:

    • registration ticket printed after candidate registered and paid online
    • $20 SFU fee (cash or check made payable to Saint Francis University)
    • government-issued ID - must contain BOTH signature AND photo (passport, driver's license, etc.)
    • additional $10 fee if taking an exam with an essay (cash or check payable to Saint Francis University - must be a second check and not combined with the $20 SFU fee)

    Scratch paper and pencils are provided. A calculator will be provided if you are permitted to use one. White-noise machines and disposable earplugs are provided to minimize distracting noises. All personal belongings must be stored in the provided lockers during testing.

    There are no scheduled breaks during CLEP exams. Although breaks are discouraged, candidates may take unscheduled breaks, but the exam clock does not stop running during a break. During unscheduled breaks, personal belongings may not be accessed, and candidate may not leave the building.

    Results & Contact

    Students see their scores onscreen immediately upon completion of an exam. They also receive an unofficial printout to take with them. The score report shows the total scaled score for each exam taken. Total scaled scores fall between 20 and 80. 

    On CLEP tests, candidates receive one point for each correct answer. Points are not deducted for wrong or skipped answers. This means they should do their best to supply an answer for each question on a CLEP exam.

    If a student does not pass a CLEP exam, the same exam may not be retaken within a 6-month period.

    For more information on qualifying scores, receiving scores, re¬testing, rescheduling, or available study materials, please visit

    For general CLEP inquiries and candidate questions, contact:

    (800) 257-9558 or (212)237-1331


    Exams Accepted for Credit at SFU

    Credit for CLEP at SFU

    All CLEP exams are administered at SFU, but only results from the exams listed below are accepted for credit at SFU.

     SFU Course CLEP Subject Exam# Credits 
     ACCT 101 Financial Accounting3
     BIOL 101 Biology3
     BLAW 301 Introductory Business Law3
     CHEM 113 Chemistry4
     CPSC 101 Information Systems3
     ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics3
     ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics3
     EDUC 150 Introduction to Educational Psychology3
     ENGL 104 Analyzing & Interpreting Literature3
     *FREN French Language6-12
     *GERM German Language6-12
     HIST 101 **Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 (essay covers material from 1500-1815) 3
     HIST 102 **Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present (essay covers material from 1815 onward)3
     HIST 103 **History of the U.S. I: Early Colonization to 18773
     HIST 104 **History of the U.S. II: 1865 to the Present3
     MATH 107 College Algebra  3
     MATH 121 and 122 Calculus6
     MGMT 101 Principles of Management3
     MKTG 302 Principles of Marketing3
     PLSC 102 American Government3
     PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology3
     SOC 101 Introductory Sociology3
     *SPAN Spanish Language 6-12

    *Student can receive 6-12 credits of French/German/Spanish (101/102, 201, 202), depending on score.
    **Essay and additional $10 fee required. Essay exams may be taken a maximum of two (2) times.


    If you have a disability, such as a learning or physical disability, that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request accommodations at your preferred test center. Contact your preferred test center well in advance of the test date to make the necessary arrangements and to find out its deadline for submission of documentation and approval of accommodations. Accommodations that can be arranged directly with test centers include: ZoomText (screen magnification); modifiable screen colors; use of a reader, amanuensis, or a sign language interpreter; extended time; and untimed rest breaks. If the above accommodations do not meet your needs, do not register online for your exam. 

    To inquire about testing accommodations, contact CLEP Services at:

    800.257.9558 or 212.237.1331 or

    SFU Policies

    Attention SFU Students Only: 

    Please read the following policies before scheduling a CLEP examination.

    • Certain Subject CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) examinations, which have been approved by the appropriate department chair, are recognized for the purpose of course fulfillment and credit at Saint Francis University. 
    • The optional essay section of the CLEP is required by the history department at Saint Francis University. 
    • Any individual is eligible to take a CLEP examination.
    • Courses satisfied by means of the CLEP will be listed in a student’s file, and total credits earned will be recorded on a student’s transcript as “CL” or “Credit-by-Examination.”
    • Passing students receive credits only for CLEP exams. No grade is awarded.
    • Taking the CLEP will not affect a student’s option for P-F grades in that the student still will be entitled to the maximum number of P-F course grades allowable. 
    • A student may fulfill a maximum of 30 credits by means of Advanced Placement and/or College Level Examination Program examinations for a bachelor’s degree and 15 credits for an associate degree. A student may substitute a free elective in place of a course requirement satisfied by examination. A student who satisfies a course requirement by examination will not be charged tuition for that course.
    • A student will not be entitled to receive credit for a lower-level course after having taken a higher-level course. For example, a student who has taken Spanish 201 cannot receive CLEP credit for Spanish 102.
    • Some examinations may not be accepted for required or elective courses. Students should check with the advisor in their major. 


    Scores and Contact Information


    Students see their scores onscreen immediately upon completion of an exam. With CLEP’s “rights-only” scoring, there is no pen­alty for guessing.


    Center for Academic Success / Testing Center
    Saint Francis University
    132 Franciscan Way, Loretto, PA
    Saint Francis Hall, Room 101
    Phone: 814-472-3024

    Saint Francis University reserves the right to change its CLEP test policies, procedures, and fees when warranted.