The College Level Examination Program allows you to:
- Receive credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any one or more of the 34 CLEP®examinations.
- Shorten the time it takes to get a degree--earn up to 30 college credits through CLEP.
- Reduce proficiency requirements by demonstrating your ability on college math or language with CLEP.
- Be a part-time student with full-time credits.
For more information go to the official CLEP website.
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.
Find other 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?
The total cost of the exam is $114, $89 payable to CLEP and $25 to PVCC (fees subject to change).
- The $89 CLEP fee must be paid online in advance at MyAccount.
- The separate administration fee of $25 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 $35 fee. $10 of this fee is paid at the time the essay exam is ordered and the remaining $25 administration fee is paid at the time the essay is administered. These essays must be ordered in advance and may take up to 2 weeks to arrive.
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.
Download a free CLEP Sampler to practice taking the tests on the computer.
Other free resources can be found at https://clep.collegeboard.org/earn-college-credit/practice.
Free online courses for many CLEP subjects are available through the Modern States Education Alliance.
If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request accommodations through Disability Resources and Services.
For help with registration, view How to register.
Bring the following with you on the day you take your exam:
- A valid registration ticket from the My Account registration portal.
- Administration fees: Bring the administration fee to the test center. PVCC charges a $25 test administration fee (subject to change).
- Identification: Your driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued identification that includes your photograph and signature. You will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to the testing area. The first and last name on your ID must exactly match the name on your registration ticket. The ID you bring must meet the following criteria:
- Be government-issued.
- Be an original document—photocopied documents are not acceptable.
- Be valid and current—expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable, no matter how recently they may have expired.
- Bear the test taker's full name, in English language characters, exactly as it appears on the registration ticket, including the order of the names.
- Middle initials are optional and only need to match the first letter of the middle name when present on both the ticket and the identification.
- Bear a recent recognizable photograph that clearly matches the test taker.
- Include the test taker's signature.
- Be in good condition with clearly legible text and a clearly visible photograph.
- Military test takers must bring their military ID.
- Home-schooled students and high school students: If you do not have the required government-issued ID, please complete a Student ID Form which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present appropriate identification, you will not be tested.
- Examples of other types of acceptable identification include:
- Government-issued passport with name, photograph, and signature
- Driver’s license with name, photograph, and signature
- State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph, and signature
- Military ID with name, photograph, and electronic signature
- National ID with name, photograph, and signature
- Tribal ID card with name, photograph, and signature
- A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship with name, photograph, and signature
- A Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) with name, photograph, and signature
Unacceptable forms of identification include:
- Credit or debit cards of any kind.
- Social Security card.
- Employee or Work ID.
- School ID.
- Any document that is photocopied or expired.
- Any document that does not bear a recent recognizable photograph that clearly matches the test-taker.
- Any document that does not bear the test-taker’s name in roman English characters exactly as it appears on the Registration Ticket.
- Any document that is worn, torn, scuffed, scarred, or otherwise damaged in such a manner that it renders any part of the text on the ID card illegible or renders any part of the photograph unrecognizable.
- Any document that appears tampered with or altered.
Students or Examinees may not bring the following items with them into the testing room or access them during the examination:
- Calculators (a calculator function is built into the software for those tests that require calculator use)
- Listening devices including, but not limited to cellular phones/pagers, beepers, walkie talkies, PDA's, or wireless communication devices (e.g., smartphone, tablet, mp3 player)
- Any device capable of recording audio, photographic, or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back content, through such means as digital cameras or video cameras
- Food, beverages, or tobacco products
- Hooded garments of any kind
- Hats (unless worn as a religious requirement)
- Calculator watches
- Digital watches (wrist or pocket), alarm watches, or wristwatch cameras
- Dictionaries, books, pamphlets, reference materials
- Papers of any kind (except for authorized scratch paper provided by the center)
- Slide rules, protractors, compasses, rulers
- Highlighter pens and/or colored pens and pencils
- Copying devices
- Transmission or receiving devices
- Mechanical pencils or any type of pen
- Nonmedical electronic devices (laptop computers, digital assistants)
- Flash/thumb drives or any other portable electronic storage device
- Candidate-provided keyboards
- Any other unauthorized testing aids
- Weapons or firearms
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.
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.