College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
PLEASE NOTICE: CLEP testing is unavailable due to the new iBT CLEP format conversion. Please call (708) 974-5710 for more information regarding the new registration process and upcoming late semester testing dates.
What is CLEP?
CLEP, the College Level Examination Program, is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the country. More than 2,800 accredited institutions of higher education award credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP examinations.
Each 90-minute examination allows you to demonstrate your knowledge in a wide range of subjects. You are recognized and rewarded for what you know, no matter how or where you learned it--in school, on the job, or through your own reading, observation and independent study. CLEP can help you get the college credits you need to reach your career and educational goals more quickly.
Moraine Valley is an open test center. Moraine Valley offers all CLEP exams. For a complete list of CLEP examinations, visit www.collegeboard.com/clep.
Who is Eligible?
Returning adult students
High school graduates
High school seniors in good standing
What is the cost?
The cost is $80 per test, check or money order payable to CLEP at time of registration, or pay by credit card at time of test. A $15 service fee is required per test, by check or money order payable to Moraine Valley Community College, at time of registration. No cash.
Where and when are the exams administered?
Exams are given in the Testing Center, B101.
CLEP mandates that test takers present two forms of identification at the time of testing. The primary form must be a government-issued photo ID with signature, such as a passport, state-issued driver's license, state-issued ID card, tribal ID, naturalization card, or certificate of citizenship. The secondary form of ID must have a photo or signature such as a Social Security card, student ID, credit card, or employee ID. All DANTES-funded military candidates must present a current military ID. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested.
When and how can I register for an exam?
Please come to Academic Outreach Office, L244, to fill out a registration form and pick a test time. Register early to get your preferred date and time. Moraine Valley is an open CLEP testing center.
Download the Information for Candidates brochure, which includes the registration/admission form as well as other useful information about CLEP, or stop by L244 to pick up a copy. The cost is $80 per test, check or money order payable to CLEP at time of registration, or pay by credit card at time of test. A $15 service fee is required per test, by check or money order payable to Moraine Valley Community College, at time of registration. No cash.
How can I prepare to take the CLEP?
The CLEP official Study Guide describes each CLEP test, provides sample test questions, and lists additional study resources. It also discusses test-taking skills and preparation tips.
Copies are on reserve in the Library/Learning Resources Center and can be purchased at the College Bookstore, local book stores or online at www.collegeboard.com/clep. Look for it in local libraries as well. If you're taking just one or two CLEP exams, you'll save money by purchasing an Exam Guide for a specific subject, available as a downloadable PDF, instead of the comprehensive study guide. CLEP's Web site offers these individual exam study guides which may be downloaded for $10. Please visit www.collegeboard.com/clep.
How are CLEP scores indicated on Moraine Valley transcripts?
CLEP scores are listed on Moraine Valley transcripts as CLEP General Credit with the score shown in parentheses.
CLEP scores are entered on a Moraine Valley transcript only at the student's request. To do so, complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request at the Admissions office in Building S. The student must be registered in credit classes and have paid tuition for the current semester in order to have CLEP credit evaluated. The student must be working toward a degree or certificate program for an evaluation to be done.
You will receive your score report immediately upon completion of testing. Scores for the "English Composition with Essay" test are available four to five weeks after the exam date.
Moraine Valley students: To have CLEP scores posted to your transcript, you must be currently enrolled and taking classes in the semester you are registering for the CLEP exam and/or registered for the following semester at Moraine Valley Community College. CLEP cannot be used to complete a grade of "I" or "W" or to repeat a course for a higher grade.
How will CLEP scores transfer?
Passing scores for each test are determined by each college. Check with the registrar of your transfer school to verify CLEP acceptance and passing scores.