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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, cultural pursuits, or life experiences by earning qualifying scores on any of the many examinations.  We are not administering CLEP tests at this time. However, Winthrop University does still award CLEP credit for qualifying scores on those tests listed on the Tests for Credit at Winthrop University link.

If you would like information on other testing locations, please contact the Coordinator.

For Those Seeking Winthrop University Course-Equivalent Credit

Please Note: Winthrop University does not award credit for all of the CLEP examinations that are provided by the Test Center.  For a list of tests currently accepted by the University, please see the Tests for Credit at Winthrop University link.  The Testing Program makes no recommendations as to test selection.  Prior to registering for any CLEP test, please speak with your advisor, Student Services personnel for your major, or department chair regarding intended test.

Candidates seeking course-equivalent credit from Winthrop University must request that official CLEP score reports be sent to Winthrop University.  Winthrop University uses the American Council on Education (ACE) score³ on the examinee's official score report to determine whether credit is awarded.

Test credit is applied according to the published policy at the time the exam is administered and not the date the official CLEP score report transcript is received by the university.  For updated information regarding this and all other CLEP policies, please review the University catalog section on CLEP.

Candidates Requesting Accommodations

  • To request American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, please contact the Coordinator for Testing Program well in advance of the proposed test date.  Because the approval process involves the candidate, testing institution, and CLEP personnel, it may take some time to complete the process.
  • Written documentation of no more than five years old must be submitted on official letterhead to the Coordinator.
  • Special technology is available for those candidates with documented disabilities requiring accommodations.

Retest Policy

As of October 17, 2014, CLEP examination on the same subject may not be retaken within a 3-month period.  This waiting period provides the student with an opportunity to spend additional time preparing for the exam or the option of taking a classroom course. 

Score Reports

A score recipient (college, employer, or certifying agency) that is selected through the software on the day of the exam is sent an official score report one time free of charge.  Additional CLEP transcripts can be obtained for a fee by contacting College Board/CLEP directly. It will take approximately 12-15 business days from the date of request through College Board/CLEP for the score recipient to receive the transcript. Only official score reports will be assessed for credit.

¹Appointments are not available during midterms, finals or when the department is closed.

²CLEP registration and test fees are subject to change without prior notice.

³ACE scores may change without prior notice.

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