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CLEP - College Level Examination Program

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of examinations which allow students to show their knowledge in a wide range of subjects.

The purpose of CLEP is to provide a means for students to receive college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional college classroom.

CLEP examinations are 90 minutes in duration. Exceptions include: College Composition (120 minutes) and College Composition Modular with essay (160 minutes).

All CLEP tests are offered by appointment. Students pay the $85.00 testing fee directly to CLEP, as well as a non-refundable administration fee of $20.00 to Northeast.

If you have any questions regarding CLEP tests, please contact the Testing Center at (402) 844-7281. You can also email CLEP at clep@ets.org or go to www.collegeboard.org/clep.

CLEP Procedures

  1. CLEP exam credits will be recorded as transfer credit on students’ transcripts at the time they enroll at Northeast.
  2. Northeast only accepts CLEP subject examination scores; CLEP general examinations are not accepted.
  3. Official CLEP score reports should be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Students can request official score reports by contacting The College Board at www.collegeboard.org/clep.
  4. CLEP credit may not be counted as part of the class load for financial aid purposes or extracurricular scholarship eligibility.
  5. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 25% of the credit hours required for the degree, diploma, or certification at Northeast.
  6. The maximum CLEP hours recorded on a Northeast transcript is 24 credit hours.
  7. Northeast has a list of recognized CLEP exams that it accepts for credit. Students must verify with the Registrar’s Office that the exam they take will apply to their program of study.
  8. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor prior to taking a CLEP exam.
  9. Every institution establishes its own policies regarding CLEP. If students choose to transfer to another institution, they should be aware of the CLEP requirement, minimum scores, and credit awarded for CLEP exams.
  10. Credits earned initially by passing a CLEP exam will be deducted from cumulative credit earned if a student subsequently enrolls in and completes a college-level course that is similar in content to the subject matter covered by the CLEP exam.
  11. Northeast reserves the right to revise this policy without notice.
  12. Credits are awarded for CLEP exams according to the policy in effect at the time of the CLEP transcript.
  13. Students can take two CLEP exams on any given exam date.
  14. Students may not repeat the same CLEP exam within three months of the initial testing date.
  15. CLEP has a standard passing score of 50 in all exams except in the foreign language exams. To receive 2 years of credit in Spanish, students must score 63 or above, or score 59 or above in French.
  16. All CLEP testing is computer-based. Students will receive an unofficial CLEP transcript upon completion of the exam. Exceptions include: College Composition with essay and College Composition Modular with essay.
  17. Northeast reserves the right to revise this policy without notice.

Registration Information

  1. Students select the CLEP exam. If they are unaware of which CLEP exam is needed, they should contact their academic advisor or the Registrar's Office.
  2. Students must schedule an appointment to take the CLEP exam. 
  3. 4. The CLEP $85.00 test fee is paid directly to CLEP through its official CLEP website before the day of the test. Students must create a user profile and pre-pay the $85.00 with a valid credit or debit card for the exam, CLEP website, and My Account. After students complete their account, they will print a non-refundable testing voucher, which is valid for 6 months. Students must bring the printed CLEP Voucher Ticket to the Testing Center to test.

Additional Information regarding the CLEP process:

Day of Exam Requirements

Please bring the following items on the day of the CLEP exam:
  1. A current government-issued photo ID with signature
  2. A valid registration ticket for each CLEP exam
  3. The non-refundable $20.00 administration fee to Northeast
No one will be allowed to test without a valid acceptable photo ID, CLEP Voucher or registration ticket, and the receipt for the Northeast proctoring fee.


All test results are immediate except for the exams that require an essay. Please keep in mind that these test scores will take approximately 3-4 weeks to receive as CLEP grades the essay.

Northeast recognizes the following CLEP examinations:

Examination TitleMinimum
Score Required
Course Satisfied
Composition and Literature
American Literature50 6 hoursENGL 2150, 2160
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature503 hoursHUMANITIES
College Composition Modular without Essay503 HoursENGL 1010
Foreign Languages
College French, Level 1504 hoursFRENCH 1200
College French, Level 2598 hoursFRENCH 1200, 1210
College Spanish, Level 1504 hoursSPANISH 1200
College Spanish, Level 2638 hoursSPANISH 1200, 1210
Science and Math
College Algebra503 hoursMATH 1150
Pre-Calculus503 hoursMATH 1150
Calculus505 hoursMATH 2000
History and Social Sciences
American Government503 hoursPOLS 1000
History of the United States I 503 hoursHIST 2010
Early Colonization to 1877
History of the United States II 503 hoursHIST 2020
1865 to the Present
Human Growth and Development503 hoursPSYC 2200
Introduction to Psychology503 hoursPSYC 1810
Introduction to Sociology503 hoursSOCI 1010
Principles of Macroeconomics503 hoursECON 2110
Principles of Microeconomics503 hoursECON 2120
Western Civilization I 503 hoursHIST 1030
Western Civilization II 503 hoursHIST 1040
Information System503 hoursINFO 1010 or 1020
Introductory Business Law503 hoursBSAD 2700
Principles of Management503 hoursBSAD 2540
Principles of Marketing50 3 hoursBSAD 2520


The CLEP program has a policy that states exams may not be retaken within a six-month period. If the candidate retakes the exam during this period, the administration is considered invalid, the score is cancelled, and exam fees are forfeited.

CLEP may waive this policy for exams retaken after a three-month period upon special written request from an institution.

Send appeals to:
P.O. BOX 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: 800-257-9558
Fax: 609-771-7088

Military service members whose exams are funded by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) may not repeat an examination of the same title within a 180 day period under any circumstance.

DSST will no longer fund retesting on a previously funded CLEP exam title. However, service members may personally fund a retest after waiting six months.

For more information, contact CLEP Services at 1-800-257-9558 or clep@info.collegeboard.org.

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