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CLEP® Information

CLEP--College Level Examination Program

You can receive credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any one or more of the 34 CLEP® examinations. More than 2,900 colleges and universities in the United States will recognize your comprehensive subject knowledge through independent or prior study, cultural pursuits or special interests, or internships or professional development.

  • Shorten the time it takes to get a degree. Depending on your college's CLEP policy, satisfactory scores on CLEP exams can earn you at least 30 college credits--a whole year's worth of full-time study!
  • Reduce proficiency requirements. Demonstrate your ability on college math or language with CLEP.
  • Be a part-time student with full-time credits. Even if you work full-time you can graduate in record time.
  • The total cost of a CLEP exam is $100. Optional essays can be taken for just $30 more.

For more information go to the official CLEP website at

Make CLEP Work for You!

Each college or university sets its own CLEP policy regarding how much credit will be granted and for which courses. For information about credit through CLEP at Paradise Valley Community College or any of the Maricopa Community Colleges, see the section on Credit for Prior Learning in the common pages of the catalog. Click here to find colleges granting CLEP credit. For schools outside the Maricopa Community College District, contact your college's admissions office, test center, or academic advisor and ask the following questions:

  • Does your college recognize CLEP examinations in the subjects you want?
  • What score do you need to get credit for the equivalent course?
  • Does earning that credit allow you to skip one or more introductory courses?
  • Are there additional requirements before credit is granted?

CLEP examinations are computer-based and 90 minutes in length, with the exception of College Composition, which is 120 minutes in length. For specific details on what each exam covers, sample questions, and additional resources, click here. You can also download the Information for Test Takers guide. The CLEP Official Study Guide is available to help you prepare for the exams. There are also downloadable CLEP Individual Study Guides for each subject. You can also download a free CLEP Sampler to practice taking the tests on the computer. Other free resources can be found at

Free online resources which may help you prepare for CLEP:

  • Education Portal offers free online self-paced courses to help prepare for some of the CLEP exams.
  • Varsity Tutors offers practice tests, flashcards, and a "question of the day".
  • Coursera: Choose from 300+ courses in over 20 categories created by 62 Universities from 16 countries.
  • edX: From Science to Art to Technology, edX offers classes from the best professors and universities. We help you learn through cool tools, videos and game-like labs, like our 3D virtual molecule builder.  
  • Online Education Database Library: This library links to open courseware, broadcast learning, educational video, archives, lecture webcasts and podcasts from a range of colleges, and scholarly journals.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): MIT offers 1,800 free lecture notes, exams, and videos in a variety of subjects, along with supplemental resources.
  • University of California, Berkeley: The University of California, Berkeley, presents free podcasts and webcasts of its current and archived courses.
  • Open Learning Initiative: Carnegie Mellon University provides free online courses and course material in modern biology, French, economics, chemistry, and other subjects.
  • The Annenberg Foundation's website for teacher professional development offers streaming video and course materials in a variety of subjects.
  • HippoCampus: This site contains multimedia lessons and course materials.

Taking the CLEP at Paradise Valley Community College

To register and pay the $80 fee for your exam, go to MyAccount. This registration platform will allow you to register for a CLEP exam 24/7, manage your personal information any time prior to taking the exam, search for test centers, select your score recipient institution, and purchase study materials. Once you register, make sure to print your registration ticket to present to the test center on test day. The separate $20 administration fee is payable to PVCC on the day you take your exam.

CLEP examinations are offered at Paradise Valley Community College Monday through Friday during our walk-in testing hours. Pre-registration is not necessary. You must arrive at least two and a half hours before the end of the walk-in testing period (3 hours if taking College Composition). This allows time for checking in, paying fees, filling out demographic information, completing the test, printing the unofficial score report, and transmitting test results to ETS after all testing is completed for the day. CLEP testing is not available at PVCC during the week before classes start or the first week of any semester, or during the last week of any semester or finals week. Days and times may vary during holidays or semester breaks. Call the Assessment Center at 602-787-7050 for current hours or additional information, or check our web calendar for details.

Examinees must present two forms of current identification in order to be admitted for a CLEP exam. The primary form must be a valid government-issued identification document(s), with a signature and photograph that matches the name you specified when you registered to test. The ID document must be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable. All DANTES-funded military candidates must present a current military ID.p>

The secondary ID must have either a photo OR a signature. However, you may be required to provide a secondary ID with BOTH a photo and signature if the test administrator questions your primary ID document and/or if your primary ID document is otherwise acceptable but does not bear your full name, photograph or signature. Secondary ID documents may not be used to resolve last name discrepancies. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested.

Acceptable forms of primary identification include:

  • Current passport with name, photograph, and signature
  • Current driver's license with name, photograph, and signature
  • Current State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph, and signature
  • National ID
  • A tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  • If the student is a minor and unable to provide a primary government issued ID, the College Board ID Form may be used for the primary ID. This form must include a recognizable photo, and the school or notary seal must overlap the photo. The student must sign the ID form in the presence of the school official or notary. The student will sign the form again at the test center. This form is valid only in United States test centers. It must be dated and is good for only one year.

Acceptable forms of secondary identification include:

  • A current student ID
  • A military ID (Common Access Card)
  • Any unused ID from the primary list above

Unacceptable forms of identification include:

  • Expired photo ID
  • Work ID
  • Credit or debit card, with or without photo
  • Social Security Card

The total cost of the exam is $100, $80 payable to CLEP and $20 to PVCC. The $80 CLEP fee must be paid online in advance at MyAccount. The separate administration fee of $20 for each exam may be paid by cash, credit/debit card, or check or money order payable to Paradise Valley Community College on the day you test. If taking an optional essay there is an additional $30 fee. $10 of this fee is paid at the time the essay exam is ordered and the remaining $20 administration fee is paid at the time the essay is administered. These essays must be ordered in advance from ETS and may take up to 2 weeks to arrive.

Items prohibited on CLEP test day

Students or Examinees may not bring the following items with them into the testing room or access them during the examination:

  • Any device capable of recording audio, photographic or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content
  • Any other unauthorized testing aids
  • Calculators (a calculator function is built into the software for some exams)
  • Candidate-provided keyboards
  • Cellular phones, pagers, smart phones, beepers, walkie-talkies, PDAs, or wireless communication devices (for example, BlackBerries, iPads, or BlueTooth ear buds)
  • Dictionaries, books, pamphlets, or reference materials
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital watches (wrist or pocket), alarm watches, or wristwatch cameras
  • Flash/thumb drives or any other portable electronic devices
  • Food, beverage, or tobacco products
  • Hats (unless worn as a religious requirement)
  • Hoodies or other clothing with a hood
  • Listening devices such as radios, media players with or without headphones, or recorders
  • Mechanical pencils or any type of pen or highlighter (standard pencils will be provided)
  • Non-medical electronic devices
  • Notes or papers of any kind (scratch paper will be provided)
  • Slide rules, protractors, compasses, or rulers
  • Weapons or firearms

Small lockers for personal items such as purses and cell phones are available on a first-come basis. There is no storage available for large items such as rolling carts or bags, musical instruments, portfolios, skateboards, etc. Please leave these behind as we cannot assume responsibility for your personal belongings.

Any candidate found to be in possession of or using prohibited items during the exam will be dismissed. All such incidents will be reported to Educational Testing Services (ETS) which provides CLEP test administration.

Contact Us

Location:  Kranitz Student Center, 2nd floor, room 2400
Phone: 602-787-7050
Fax: 602-787-7054
Hours: Hours are subject to change during Winter and Spring Breaks and semester breaks. Call 602-787-7050 to verify current hours. Click here for a calendar of hours, events, and closures

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