CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

Frequently Asked Questions for CLEP

How do I prepare for a CLEP exam?

There are several resources to prepare for a CLEP exam. You can take a free CLEP demo test online , purchase an official CLEP study guide or individual test study guides .

How are the CLEP exams scored?

CLEP exams are scored on a 20–80 point scale. For most tests, the credit granting score recommended by the American Council on Education is 50, but there are exceptions for some tests and at some colleges. If you have questions, please visit the CLEP website at

How long is the test?

Exams are designed to completed in 90 minutes. Before the exam, there are approximately 5 minutes of tutorial/instructions for you to click through (not counted in your testing time) during which your test registration is confirmed online, and you learn other particulars about answering questions and score reports.

Can I take two tests on one day?

The SUNY Plattsburgh test center allows one exam per test date.

What if I have a disability?

Contact the test administrator, Dr. Elizabeth Bernat, at (518) 564-2080 to discuss and make arrangements for any accommodations.

Will I find out if I passed immediately?

You will receive your candidate score report upon completion of the exam. If you have taken an exam with an essay, you will receive one combined score after the essay has been scored, usually two to three weeks after your test date.

How long will it take for my school to receive my scores if I'm not taking an exam with an essay?

Your institution should receive the report of your scores within four to six weeks after you complete your exam. If a score report is not received in this time frame, please contact CLEP Customer Service (1-800-257-9558).

If I don't score high enough, may I retake the test next month?

CLEP requires that a test taker wait six months to retake an exam.

Contact Information

Academic Advising
Office Location: Feinberg 101-103
Phone: (518) 564-2080
Fax: (518) 564-2079