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CLEP Foreign Language Examination

CCC uses the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) foreign language examination to give students the opportunity to receive credit for knowledge previously acquired by earning qualifying scores in Spanish or French examinations.  See your College Advisor for more details regarding transfer schools that require foreign language.                 

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.                
To view the CCC College credits earned for each CLEP proficiency rating passed with a score of 50 over better, click here.                 

How to Apply

Visit the College Board website to view a tutorial on creating an account, registering and purchasing exam(s).     

How to Prepare for a CLEP Exam

  • Visit the College Board CLEP website to view a tutorial for test-takers which will help you become familiar with the testing tools, the types of examination questions and types of calculators that will appear in CLEP exam. To view the CLEP tutorial video visit the website listed below:
  • You can also visit one of the CCC Libraries to view an online database that provides free access to CLEP preparation materials 



CLEP test fees are comprised of two components. All fees are non-refundable.                

  • CLEP exam fee: $89.00, subject to change without notice. Students must go online to College Board at http://clep.​​​​ to create and account, register, order and pay for an exam(s). Test candidates must print their CLEP Exam Registration Ticket(s) as proof of exam ordered and payment made and bring the printed Registration Ticket to the Testing Resource Center.
  • 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: CASH ONLY (at the Business Office payment window only). You must bring the CCC administrative fee receipt issued by the Business Office as proof of payment to the Testing Resource Center. 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.
  • You must bring a current government issued picture ID with signature when arriving for CLEP testing.

CLEP exam proctoring is available at the Testing Resources Center at each of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. Please contact one of our Testing Resources Centers to schedule an appointment for your exam.