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CLEP Foreign Language Examination

Students seeking an Associates in Arts degree who entered Fall 2009 or later must complete two courses of a world language (previously referred to as foreign language) with a grade of “C” or better or can “test out” of this requirement by providing evidence of at least a 102-level proficiency in one of the world languages offered at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). CCC uses the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) foreign language examination to measure knowledge and proficiency of the Spanish and French languages.

What is the CLEP Exam?

CLEP examinations are designed to measure knowledge and ability equivalent to that of students who have completed 2 - 4 semesters of college foreign language study. The exam focuses on skills typically achieved from the end of the first year through the second year of college study. Material taught during both years is incorporated into a single exam.
By taking the CLEP Exam, you have the opportunity to receive college credit for previously acquired knowledge, including native language, independent study, prior course work, on the job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships.

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 two components:

  • 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. 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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