If you're about to start college as a freshman and don't want to waste time and money taking unnecessary courses on subjects you already know something about, the College Board has an innovative solution that may be just what you need. The solution is the College-Level Examination Program or CLEP test. CLEP tests are available in 34 different subject areas, from Calculus to Biology and from Analyzing and Interpreting Literature to Principles of Management. These exams can help you skip over introductory courses and avoid unnecessary tuition costs. CLEP test scores are accepted at nearly 3,000 colleges and other institutions of higher learning. In most cases, a single CLEP test will take the place of three semester hours. CLEP tests are an excellent option for:
Matriculating freshmen who want to avoid taking courses they don't need.
Professionals who want to add credits to their resume.
Foreign students who want to show that they've mastered a difficult subject.
Members of the armed services who want to work on a degree while stationed overseas.
By allowing you to earn course credit for subjects you've already learned, the CLEP exams let you prioritize both your time and your money. You can concentrate instead on your job, your family or on moving ahead to more advanced college coursework.
As soon as the test is over you'll receive a preliminary score report that will tell you, in detail, how you performed on all parts of the exam except essays. (Essay scores, if any, will be available later.) Once the final score transcript is compiled by the CLEP administrators, you can request a copy any time you'd like. Do you need the scores sent to a college, an employer or a certifying agency? No problem; the College Board will be happy to send the scores to the recipient of your choice, free of charge. And there's no rush on requesting the transcript. It will be available for the next 20 years. Once you've taken the exam, the scores are yours to do with as you wish.
And there's no need to worry that you won't be able to find a testing center near you. All 34 of the exams are offered at centers around the world, more than 1,300 of them, with special centers available to members of the United States Armed Forces. Time of day isn't an issue. The exams are taken on computers and you can schedule one almost any day and at almost any time. You just need to register first and show up when scheduled.
The College-Level Exam Program is designed for busy, ambitious people like you who want to advance their educations and get ahead in their careers as quickly as possible, without having to spend time on redundant courses or put the rest of their lives on hold any longer than necessary while they get an education. If you have a family, a job or are simply ready to get on with the rest of your life, the CLEP tests may be exactly what you're looking for!