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CLEP General Examination

​The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive credit for knowledge previously acquired by earning qualifying scores on any of 30 examinations. Students can earn credit for knowledge they have acquired through independent study, prior course work, on the job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships.

What Do CLEP Exams Cover?

CLEP offers 30 exams in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that you may generally take in your first two years of college. Most CLEP exams are designed to correspond to one-semester courses, although some correspond to full-year or two-year courses.

Exams are approximately 90 minutes long, comprised primarily of multiple-choice questions.

How to Apply

To apply, fill-out and submit a CLEP Application to the Testing Resources Center. Get started online by clicking the button below.



​The CLEP test fee is comprised of the following components. All fees are non-refundable.

  • CLEP exam fee: $80.00, subject to change without notice. Payment should be made online on the CLEP testing system at the time you take the exam. Preferred forms of payment: credit card - Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or JCB; debit cards - cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo. Other acceptable form of payment: money order made payable to CLEP. NO CASH ACCEPTED. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • CCC administrative fee: $30.00. Note: this payment is in addition to and not to be combined with the CLEP exam fee(s). Pay the CCC administrative fee at the Business Office of the college where you plan to take the CLEP Exam. Acceptable forms of payment: credit card - Visa, MasterCard, or American Express; debit card - cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo; money order payable to the City Colleges of Chicago; cashier's check; or cash (at the Business Office payment window only). You must bring the CCC administrative fee receipt issued by the Business Office as proof of payment on the day of the exam. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Important Note:

  • You may reschedule your exam by contacting the Testing Resources Center at least 24 hours (one business day) before your scheduled exam, or you will be charged an additional CCC administrative fee. Note: the third time you reschedule (and each time thereafter) you will be charged an additional CCC administrative fee. The CCC administrative fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.



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