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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 CLEP testing fee directly to CLEP, as well as a non-refundable administration fee to Northeast.

If you have any questions regarding CLEP tests, please contact the Testing Center at (402) 844-7281 or (402) 844-7708. You can also email CLEP at or go to

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
  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.

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. The CLEP testing 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 testing fee with a valid credit or debit card for the exam.
  4. Students will print their non-refundable testing voucher, which is valid for 6 months, and bring it to the Testing Center the day of the test.
  5. Students will pay a non-refundable administration fee to Northeast the day of the 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 voucher ticket for each CLEP exam
  3. The non-refundable administration fee to Northeast

No one will be allowed to test without a valid photo ID, CLEP Voucher, and the receipt for the Northeast administration 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 Title Minimum
Score Required
Course Satisfied
Composition and Literature
American Literature 50 6 hours ENGL 2150, 2160
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 3 hours HUMANITIES
College Composition Modular without Essay 50 3 Hours ENGL 1010
Foreign Languages
College French, Level 1 50 4 hours FRENCH 1200
College French, Level 2 59 8 hours FRENCH 1200, 1210
College Spanish, Level 1 50 4 hours SPANISH 1200
College Spanish, Level 2 63 8 hours SPANISH 1200, 1210
College Spanish w/ Writing, Level 1 50 4 hours SPANISH 1200
College Spanish w/ Writing, Level 2 65 8 hours SPANISH 1200, 1210
Science and Math
College Algebra 50 3 hours MATH 1150
Pre-Calculus 50 3 hours MATH 1150
Calculus 50 5 hours MATH 1600
History and Social Sciences
American Government 50 3 hours POLS 1000
History of the United States I 50 3 hours HIST 2010
Early Colonization to 1877
History of the United States II 50 3 hours HIST 2020
1865 to the Present
Human Growth and Development 50 3 hours PSYC 2200
Introduction to Psychology 50 3 hours PSYC 1810
Introduction to Sociology 50 3 hours SOCI 1010
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 hours ECON 2110
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 hours ECON 2120
Western Civilization I 50 3 hours HIST 1030
Western Civilization II 50 3 hours HIST 1040
Information System 50 3 hours INFO 1010 or 1020
Introductory Business Law 50 3 hours BSAD 2700
Principles of Management 50 3 hours BSAD 2540
Principles of Marketing 50 3 hours BSAD 2520


The CLEP program has a policy that states exams may not be retaken within a 90-day period. If the candidate retakes the exam during this period, the administration is considered invalid, the score is cancelled, and exam fees are forfeited.

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 90-day period under any circumstance.

For more information, contact CLEP Services at (800) 257-9558 or

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