CLEP is a national program that allows students to obtain credit by examination. CLEP exams cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements in the first two years of college. Each exam is 90 to 120 minutes long and is made up primarily of multiple-choice questions, though some exams do have fill-ins. Note that examinations in composition and literature have an additional 70- or 90-minute essay section, depending on the title of the exam. See the Credit by Examination section of APU’s academic catalog for a complete listing of CLEP exams and course equivalents.

To take a CLEP exam, students must:

  • Register and create an account on the CLEP website.
  • Pay the $80 exam fee prior to the day of the exam. Students may pay the fee on the CLEP website, and the fee must be paid by credit card. Print out the Exam Registration Ticket and present it on the day of the exam.
  • Pay a separate, nonrefundable administration fee of $20 on the day of the exam for each exam registration at the Learning Enrichment Center. This fee is separate from the cost of the exam and must be paid by check or cash.
  • Present one form of picture ID.

CLEP Testing Schedule

All CLEP sessions are by appointment only, in the Learning Enrichment Center (LEC). For more information, call (626) 815-3849.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many credits can I earn through CLEP at APU?

An unlimited number of credits can be earned through CLEP at APU. However, before registering for an exam, check the Credit by Examination section of APU’s current academic catalog to ensure that APU offers an equivalent course for the earned CLEP units.

Will APU accept CLEP credits anytime, even in my final semester before graduation?

APU will accept CLEP credits anytime. While the institution does not recommend taking a CLEP test during a student’s final semester before graduation, APU will accept credits earned via CLEP during a final semester.

Note: It is best to complete CLEP credits prior to the final semester of graduation just in case the CLEP test does not yield the number of credits expected!

How many exams are available through CLEP?

CLEP currently offers 33 exams. Visit the CLEP exam list for a complete listing, as well as descriptions of each exam.

Will I receive my score report immediately after taking a CLEP exam?

You will receive an immediate score report for CLEP exams, except for exams with essays, such as College Composition. For exams where there is an optional essay required by your institution, you will receive your score for the multiple-choice section, but you will not receive scores for your essays until after your institution scores them. Learn more about your score.

I just took the College Composition exam. How long does my institution have to wait for my score report?

Once you take the College Composition exam, your exam is scored by trained college faculty. Your institution will receive your score report 3-4 weeks after your test date.

What is the difference between College Composition and College Composition Modular?

College Composition College Composition Modular
Timing 120 minutes (multiple choice, 50 minutes; essays, 70 minutes) 90 minutes (multiple-choice only)
Multiple Choice Yes Yes
Essays Mandatory: Two typed essays, topics created by CLEP Optional: Two essays, topics created by CLEP OR a writing assessment created by your institution OR no essay
Essay Scoring Essays are scored twice a month by college English faculty. Students receive score within 4-5 weeks. College scores the writing assessment.

Is there a waiting period for retaking a CLEP exam?

Yes. As of October 17, 2014, the waiting period is three months. Please note that this policy is in effect only for students who tested on October 17, 2014, or after. For students who tested prior to October 17, 2014, the waiting period to retake an exam is six months. You may not repeat an exam of the same title within three months of the initial testing date. If you retake the exam within the three-month period, your administration will be considered invalid, your score will be canceled, and any test fees will be forfeited.

DANTES-funded military examinees: DANTES does not fund retesting on previously funded CLEP exams. However, service members may personally fund a retest after waiting three months.

I need special test accommodations. How can I request those?

If you have a documented learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request testing accommodations. Information about requesting testing accommodations can be found in your account on, under How to Register for a CLEP Exam. Please note that students requesting accommodations must provide documentation verifying their need for accommodation. Contact your preferred test center well in advance of the test date to make the necessary arrangements and to find out its deadline for submission of documentation and approval of accommodations. Accommodations that can be arranged directly with test centers include:

  • ZoomText (screen magnification)
  • Modifiable screen colors
  • Use of a reader, amanuensis, or a sign language interpreter
  • Extended time
  • Untimed rest breaks

If the above accommodations do not meet your needs, do not register online for your exam. Contact CLEP Services at for information about other accommodations.

I am a member/veteran of the military. Is the CLEP registration process the same for me?

The CLEP process for military personnel differs in several ways from that of civillian students. To learn more about the process for military personnel, visit CLEP Military Benefits and/or contact CLEP with further questions.

For additional information, visit the CLEP website. If you still aren’t able to find answers to your questions, contact CLEP directly:

PO Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: (800) 257-9558 (8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET, M–F)
Fax: (610) 628-3726

Be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number in any communication.

Next Steps After Registration and Scheduling

Before Exam Day

Familiarize yourself with the exam! Prepare yourself for what to expect regarding:

  • Exam Timing and Subsections: Read the exam description to learn how much time is allowed for the test and whether there are timed subsections.
  • Optional Essay: The American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, College Composition Modular, and English Literature exams have optional essays that may be required by some colleges and universities. These essays are scored by faculty at the colleges and universities that require them. If you are taking any of the above exams and have questions about whether you need to take the optional essay, you must contact the institution that will receive your scores. If you do not select an institution to receive your optional essay on exam day, CLEP will retain your essay for 18 months.
  • How Your Score is Computed: Read What Your CLEP Score Means to learn how your test score will be determined.
  • Graphic and Scientific Calculators: Graphing calculators are used in the Calculus and Precalculus examinations. Scientific (nongraphing) calculators are used in the Chemistry, College Algebra, and College Mathematics examinations. If a calculator is used on a test, it is built into the test. You may not bring your own. However, you are expected to know how and when to make appropriate use of the calculator, and you can access information about the built-in calculator (as well as download a trial version to use prior to the test) at Infinity Softworks: ETS Calculator.

On Exam Day

Be prepared to bring the following to the test center:

  • A valid registration ticket from My Account registration portal.
  • Registration forms or printouts that are required by the test center. Make sure you have filled out all necessary paperwork in advance of your testing date.
  • Administration fee: Bring administration fee to the test center. Each test center charges an additional fee and sets its own policy for payment. Bring $20 cash or a $20 check payable to APU.
  • Identification: Your driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued identification that includes your photograph and signature. You will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to the testing area. The last name on your ID must match the name on your registration ticket. The ID you bring must meet the following criteria:
    • Be government-issued.
    • Be an original document—photocopied documents are not acceptable.
    • Be valid and current—expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable, no matter how recently they may have expired.
    • Bear the test taker’s full name, in English language characters, exactly as it appears on the registration ticket, including the order of the names.
    • Middle initials are optional and need to match the first letter of the middle name only when present on both the ticket and the identification.
    • Bear a recent, recognizable photograph that clearly matches the test taker.
    • Include the test taker’s signature (bring a recent, recognizable photo ID). The state-government-issued photo ID should be in good condition, with clearly legible text and a clearly visible photograph. Military test takers, bring your military ID.
    • Homeschool and high school students, if you do not have the required government-issued ID, complete a Student ID Form, which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested.
    • Examples of other types of acceptable ID include:
      • Government-issued passport with name, photograph, and signature
      • Driver’s license with name, photograph, and signature
      • State or Province ID issued by a motor vehicle agency with name, photograph, and signature
      • Military ID with name, photograph, and electronic signature
      • National ID with name, photograph, and signature
      • Tribal ID card with name, photograph, and signature
      • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship with name, photograph, and signature
      • A Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) with name, photograph, and signature


Exit the 210 Freeway at Citrus Avenue and travel north, toward the mountains. Pass across Alosta Avenue and take the second right onto University Way, which has an Azusa Pacific University sign. At the parking kiosk, let the employee know that you are going to the LEC for a CLEP test. They will provide you with a temporary parking pass if needed. Park in the large lot to your left and walk east on the sidewalk until you come to the Learning Enrichment Center (LEC), which is a small bungalow to the east of Adams Hall and north of Trinity Hall. Come up the ramp and enter the double doors.


  1. Essay is required to receive APU course equivalancy. Note that essays are evaluated after a passing score on the multiple choice section of the CLEP is achieved.
  2. This test is not acceptable as an equivalent course for students in the Liberal Studies major seeking the Multiple Subject (K-12) Teaching Credential.
  3. MATH 90 satisfies the prerequisite requirement for Intermediate Algebra. Units are not counted toward the degree.