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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Prior Learning Assessment

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The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a rigorous College Board program that allows students of a wide range of ages to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects to earn college credit. CLEP offers examinations that represent courses typical of the first two years of college study. Through CLEP examinations, students can:

  • Accumulate credit toward a degree by demonstrating knowledge they have gained independently, allowing them to begin studies at a higher level and save valuable time and money.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge in subject areas in order to earn exemption from introductory courses, enabling them to move ahead to more advanced courses and new fields.
  • Show their level of competency in subjects in order to determine placement, particularly for world language and mathematics courses.

CLEP has 33 examinations available, all of which Columbus State offers. CLEP provides a reliable and effective means for participating colleges and universities to grant credit, exemption, and placement. Over 2,900 accredited institutions of higher education award credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP examinations. 


It is the responsibility of all students planning to transfer to another college to ensure knowing the CLEP policy of that school and that the transfer school will accept CLEP credits. To learn which courses transfer to Columbus State Community College, click on this list of CLEP-aligned courses. Please contact your Academic Advisor or call the Office of the Registrar at 614-287-2666 with any questions


Create an account with College Board and purchase an exam ticket ($80.00). Once the exam ticket is purchased, please visit to schedule an appointment and pay your proctor fee.

For more information, sample questions, and to purchase study guides, please visit