College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Clark College grants credit for prior learning for completion of the College Board's College Level Examination (CLEP).  This rigorous program allows students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit.  Credit will be granted for CLEP tests with a minimum score equivalent. Credit for subject examination will not be granted when students have earned credit in equivalent courses. General examination credits may count toward satisfying distribution requirements for any Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Transfer degree. Students must submit an official copy of CLEP scores to the Credential Evaluations Office. Upon evaluation of scores, the student will be notified of acceptable credits.


Note: Students intending to transfer with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science-Transfer degree should consult with the Admissions Office at the baccalaureate institution of their choice for information on CLEP credit policies. Not all institutions recognize CLEP credit posted to the Clark College transcript.


Procedure for Requesting CLEP Credits


You should have an official copy of your CLEP scores sent to:

Clark College

Credential Evaluations

1933 Fort Vancouver Way

Vancouver, WA  98663


Once scores are received and reviewed, you will be notified via email regarding the status of your CLEP scores. 




Minimum scores for successful CLEP examinations are listed below.  Each examination is awarded a maximum of nine (9) quarter hours of credit. Students pursuing the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science Transfer program may use CLEP credit to fulfill general elective requirements only.  Refer to section B of the Clark College catalog for additional restrictions by program. Credit is posted with an “S” grade based on the following recommendations at the end of the quarter:


CLEP General Examinations


Any college coursework completed in the above discipline areas prior to the examination will be subtracted from the nine (9) credits allowed. Credits earned through the General CLEP program will appear on your transcript under the general heading of the examination completed, and will reflect a course number of “298”; (i.e. ENGL 298, CLEP Examination).

CLEP Subject Examinations


If you complete CLEP subject examinations, you may be eligible for credit at Clark. The decision to grant credit for this type of examination is the responsibility of the department in which the examination was completed. All subject examinations, except foreign language, require department evaluation. The required score for each foreign language is listed below:


Credit will be awarded for the equivalent course(s) at Clark, as determined by the appropriate department. If you have already earned credit in a course of a higher academic level than the examination covered, you will not receive credit for the CLEP examination.


Testing Facilities


Although Clark accepts CLEP, it is not a testing site. The nearest CLEP testing facility is Mount Hood Community College in Oregon. Please contact them at (503) 491-7591 for information on testing availability and cost.


Where to get CLEP scores


CLEP Transcript Service
PO Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: (609) 771-7865