College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Prior Learning Assessment

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Columbus State Community College has a comprehensive policy that allows students to apply previous learning from a variety of sources toward completion of a college degree. The College accepts CLEP online examinations as verification of mastery of knowledge and skills measured by this nationally accepted standardized examination.

CLEP is the most widely used credit-by-examination program in the United States. It is accepted by more than 2,900 institutions and allows students to demonstrate their mastery of college-level course material in 33 introductory subjects and can earn 3-12 college credits for each CLEP exam. This means lower tuition costs and less time to complete a degree.

Transfer of CLEP Credits

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, please contact your Academic Advisor or call the Records and Registration Office at 614-287-2666.

CLEP Examination Registration and Cost

The CLEP candidate registers and schedules the exam at the Testing & Talent Assessment Center by appointment. The candidate selects the school(s) wishing to receive the exam scores. The candidate brings two forms of ID and two payment checks. One check for $80.00 payable to "CLEP" and one check for $40.00 payable to "Columbus State Community College" for the examination proctor fee. Payment is made in the Non-Credit Registration Office, Room 1090 in the Center for Workforce Development or the Rhodes Hall Cashiers office.  Candidates may also pay the CLEP portion of the fees via credit/debit card directly on the CLEP web site when seated for the exam.  CLEP candidates will be registered on the date of their exam. Candidates contact the Testing & Talent Assessment Center at 614-287-5750 to schedule appointment for testing.

CLEP Exams are 90 minutes in length except the College Composition Exam which also includes an essay section. Candidates will receive a print-out of their score before leaving the Testing Center. For information study materials, exam descriptions, test-taking tips, etc., please visit