CLEP or the College Level Examination Program is a way for students to test out of college freshman and sophomore courses. A CLEP test is certified and even administered by the same organization that manages AP tests. That's right, the CollegeBoard administers a wide variety of exams that students can take and if passed, earn credit for a college course. A list of the exams offered can be found at the following link: https://clep.collegeboard.org/exam.
The procedure for taking a CLEP test is rather straightforward. You find an exam you are interested in taking and add it to your cart. Once you have added it to your cart, you will find a test site where you can take the exam. These exams are computer-based exams, which means you know your score right after you finish your exam! The exams are $80 from the CollegeBoard and the proctoring services from a test site cost around $20. This means that you could get credit for a 3-credit hour class by just taking a 90 minute exam! This also comes out to around $33 per credit hour, which beats any price you would pay at a university! You could save thousands of dollars through just a few CLEP tests!
NOTE: Not all schools accept passing a CLEP test as a form of obtaining college credit! You will need to check with the college you attend to determine what tests will be transferred for credit at your university! Also, these exams test your competence in a subject meaning that you will need to STUDY to pass an exam. Please do not make the mistake of taking these exams without prior preparation!
In a future post, I will discuss different ways I have studied for CLEP exams and more insight good studying resources. Additionally, if you find it overwhelming figuring out a plan on how to incorporate CLEP tests into your degree program or whether they will transfer for credit at your university, please get in contact with me. We can talk about your specific situation and I can give you a quote depending on the work required. Best of luck!