College Level Examination Program (CLEP)


Clark awards credits for successful CLEP examinations. A list of subjects and required scores is below. If you are pursuing a transfer degree (Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Transfer), you may only use CLEP credit to fulfill general elective requirements. Please refer to the Non-Traditional Credit Policy for details on additional restrictions on CLEP credits.

CLEP General Examinations

Each examination is awarded a maximum of nine (9) quarter hours of credit. The required score for each examination is listed below:

Any college coursework completed in the above discipline areas prior to the examination will be subtracted from the nine (9) credits allowed.

  • Example: A student who has completed a five (5) credit Biology course at a college or university would be allowed four (4) credits on a successful Natural Science examination.

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). Credit is posted with an "S" grade at the end of the quarter. CLEP credits are not equated to any specific course at Clark and do not affect your GPA since they do not carry a letter grade. Not all institutions accept CLEP credits. If you are intending to transfer to another institution, you should contact the transfer institution for information on their CLEP policy.

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:

To be considered for credit, you must pass the examination with the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. 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. Your transcript will reflect the credit granted by listing the equivalent course number, title and credits, with a notation stating “CLEP Examination”.

Procedure for Requesting CLEP Credits

You should have an official copy of your CLEP scores sent to Clark College, Attn: Credential Evaluations. Once scores are received and reviewed, a letter will be sent regarding the status of your CLEP scores. If the scores meet the minimum standards, a petition form will also be sent. You need to complete the petition form, pay a $5.00 transcription fee at the Cashier's Office, and submit both the petition form and receipt of payment to the Welcome Center in PSU 002.

CLEP credits are posted to the transcript at the end of the quarter.

CLEP Petition form

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
Web: www.collegeboard.org