About the CLEP

CLEP Testing: Save Time! Save Money!

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know without having to attend classes. You can earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits and/or internships.


Before taking a CLEP exam, it's important to consult your advisor to be certain that doing so will help meet the requirements of your degree or certificate program.



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How to prepare

How to Prepare for and Purchase the CLEP Exam

  • Step 1: Choose and purchase exams through "My Account."  Purchase exams 24/7 through the "My Account" portal.
  • Step 2: Schedule exam day. Registering for an exam provides you with a payment receipt and a Ticket ID, but you must contact the Testing Center at NVCC to schedule the date and time you wish to take the exam.  Check the CLEP Fall 2017 Brochure for exam dates.  In addition to the $85 exam fee (increased fee effective July 1, 2017), NVCC charges a $15 nonrefundable administration fee paid directly to the Cashier's office.

Exam fees for military candidates are funded by Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Military candidates are required to pay the $15 administration fee.

Exam fees for Veterans must be paid in advance when registering on My Account, but you can claim reimbursement for CLEP exam and administration fee under the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2004.

  • Step 3: Prepare!  Several study materials and resources are available to help you prepare for CLEP exam(s).  More in-depth materials, which include CLEP Exam Guides and The Official CLEP Study Guide, are available for purchase.  For $10, you can purchase and download an individual subject study guide.  View the CLEP tutorial video and become familiar with the testing tools, the types of examination questions and the types of calculators that will appear.  Prepare today at https://clep.collegeboard.org/test-preparation.  Or, visit the Max R. Traurig Library in the L Building 4th and 5th floors.
  • Step 4: On the day of the exam, you'll need to bring:
    • CLEP Exam Registration Ticket.
    • Proof of payment of the $15 test administration fee.
    • One form of valid and acceptable government-issued photo identification.
    • Military test-takers bring your Geneva Convention Identification Card.  Refer to https://clep.collegeboard.org/military for additional information on IDs for active duty members, spouses, and civil service civilian employees.
    When can I take the CLEP?

    When Can I Take the CLEP?

    Fall 2017 CLEP Exam Schedules

    Date Time
    Wednesday, August 2 1:00 pm
    Wednesday, August 23* 9:00 am
    Thursday, September 7 1:00 pm
    Tuesday, September 26 9:00 am
    Tuesday, October 17 1:00 pm
    Thursday, October 26 4:30 pm
    Wednesday, November 8** 9:00 am
    Wednesday, November 29 4:30 pm
    Thursday, December 7 1:00 pm
    Tuesday, December 19 9:00 am

    *Note: College Composition will not be available on 8/23/17 as the score will not post until after the start of the fall semester

    **This date has been changed from a previously advertised date

    When Can I Take the CLEP?
    Retest Policy

    CLEP Retest Policy

    Retest Policy

    The CLEP program has a long-standing policy that an exam of the same title may not be retaken within a three-month period.  Scores of exams repeated earlier than three months will be canceled and test fees forfeited.

    Candidates who are military service members and whose exams are funded by DANTES, may not repeat a previously funded exam of the same title; however, they may personally fund a retest after waiting the requisite period of time.

    Contact NVCC's testing center

    Contact NVCC's Testing Center

    Testing Center Location: 
    Kinney Hall, Room 519e
    P: 203-575-8215

    Test Administrators
    Jessica Miller 
    P: 203-575-8048

    Susan Vaichus 
    P: 203-575-8218

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