College Level Examination Program
Developed by the College Board, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams can be taken by students and adults to assess mastery of postsecondary-level material acquired in a variety of ways, including through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work. Students can earn credit for postsecondary coursework in a specific subject. Examinations are currently offered in 33 subjects at test centers across the state.
According to a study conducted by the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning, more than 50% of prior-learning students earned a postsecondary degree in seven years, compared to 21% of students with no prior-learning experience. In a survey of more than 4,000 CLEP test-takers conducted by the College Board, 91% of respondents reported that CLEP made a difference in helping them complete their degrees.
Resources for Students and Parents
- CLEP Benefits and Results
- Explore the 33 CLEP Exams
- How CLEP Exams are Developed
- CLEP Test Centers in Tennessee
Resources for Schools
- How to Promote CLEP in Your High School
- Inform Students about CLEP as an Accelerated Path to College
- Create a CLEP Policy (for postsecondary institutions)