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Show’em What You Know: CLEP Exams

Getting College Credit For Your Knowledge And Experience

Adults considering college have the opportunity to receive credit for knowledge they  gained through work or study. CLEP exams are also a valuable option for home-schooled students to earn college credit and reduce the time and cost associated with a college degree. The CLEP exam is offered through the College Board just like the SAT and AP exams. This exam is offered in 33 subjects including:

 

  • American Literature
  • English Literature
  • French Language Level 1 and 2
  • German Language Level 1 and 2
  • Spanish Language Level 1 and 2
  • American Government
  • US History 1
  • US History 2
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Principles of Management

 

Registration  fee for each test is $85.  However, military personnel may take the test free of charge, if qualified for DANTES funding.  The score range is 20-80. A passing score on the CLEP tests, with the exception of the language tests, is 50. For the  French exam the recommended score is 59, while the recommended scores for German and Spanish are 60 and 63 respectively. CLEP testing centers regularly offer exams, unlike AP tests which are offered each spring. For information about the CLEP exams, test centers, practice tests and registration go to CLEP. 

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Show’em What You Know: AP Exams

Getting College Credit For Your Knowledge And Experience

Whether you are a high school student or an adult considering a college degree, there are options for you to earn credit for courses and knowledge you have acquired.  The advantage to these are a shorter time in college and as a result reduced cost of your college degree.

High school students may be familiar with Advanced Placement or AP Courses. These are  advanced classes taken in high school that equate to introductory college level courses. Once students have completed the AP courses, they can then register for the individual subject matter tests. AP tests are scheduled in the spring. There are 38 subject matter tests offered by the College Board.

Here is a sample list:

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Government and Politics (Comparative)
  • Government and Politics (US)
  • Psychology
  • Studio Art Drawing
  • US History
  • World History

Scoring on the AP tests range from 1-5 and colleges generally award college credit for students who score 3-5 on their individual tests. Colleges their own policies regarding the awarding of credit for AP tests. The fee per test is $94. However, if you have a financial hardship, you may qualify for a $32 Fee Reduction per test.  For more information about the AP exams, practice tests and registration go to APTEST.