College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a national program that allows students to obtain course credit by examination. CLEP examinations cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements in the first two years of college. Most exams are 90 minutes long and primarily composed of multiple-choice questions, though some exams have fill-ins.

Note that examinations in composition and literature have additional 90-minute hand-written essay sections, except for the College Composition Modular, which provides a 70-minute computerized essay. These essays are required for APU students. Handwritten essays are evaluated by faculty from the APU Department of English after a passing score on the multiple-choice section of the CLEP is achieved; these faculty evaluations are final and may not be appealed.

The CLEP program’s policy limits test retakes to every 90 days, which provides students an opportunity to spend additional time preparing for the exam or the option of taking a classroom course. APU students may request tutoring to prepare for the CLEP exam by contacting the Learning Enrichment Center.

CLEP study guides are available from the CLEP website, the University Bookstore, or any local bookstore. Visit the CLEP website for useful tips on assessing and preparing for any of the CLEP exams.

To take a CLEP exam, students must:

  • Purchase the CLEP exam through the CLEP website. The cost for the exam is $85 and must be paid on the CLEP website by credit or debit card. 
  • Contact the Learning Enrichment Center to make an appointment.

On the day of the exam, students must:

  • Provide a paper copy of the CLEP Exam Registration Ticket to the LEC test proctor. The Exam Registration Ticket is issued by CLEP at the time the exam is purchased.
  • Bring one form of government-issued identification that shows the student’s legal name, birth date, photo, and signature.
  • Submit cash or a check payable to APU for the proctoring fee of $20 per exam. In addition, the fee for written CLEP essay exams is $10 per exam. All fees are due before exams can be proctored and are nonrefundable.

Military CLEP Candidates

CLEP exams are free for eligible military personnel as noted in the chart below. The nonrefundable proctoring fees listed above are required before a test can be administered.

Candidate Status CLEP Fee
Active Duty MilitaryNo Fee1
Air Force
Marine Corps
Coast Guard
National Guard and Reserve Component
Spouses and Civilian Employees of:No Fee1
Air Force Reserve
Air National Guard
Army National Guard
Army Reserve
Coast Guard
DOD Acquisition Workforce PersonnelNo Fee1
Are eligible for the following exams only
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Marketing
VeteransVeterans must pay the CLEP fee in advance and seek reimbursement from the Veterans Benefits Administration using their canceled check or credit card statement as proof of receipt.2

Tests are funded by DANTES. Questions regarding eligibility for DANTES-funded CLEP exams should be directed to DANTES at (850) 452-1063.


Veterans are eligible for reimbursement of the CLEP fee under provisions of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004. 

All eligible military candidates MUST present a current military identification card and a second form of government-issued photo ID with signature at the time of the exam.

Credit for CLEP Scores

Subject Score Units Course Equivalent
Financial Accounting504ACCT 120
Business Law, Introductory503Not acceptable for BUSI 296, Elective, Non-General-Education
Information Systems and Computer Applications503BUSI 240 or CS 205
Management, Principles of 503BUSI 210
Marketing, Principles of503MKTG 260
Macroeconomics, Principles of503ECON 250
Microeconomics, Principles of503ECON 251
Composition and Literature
American Literature1503Not acceptable for ENGL 344, ENGL 354, Elective, Non-General-Education
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature1503ENGL 1111
College Composition50No course equivalency at APU
English Literature1503Not acceptable for ENGL 222, ENGL 232, Elective, Non-General-Education
College Composition Modular150No course equivalency at APU
Modern languages
French Language50-773FREN 101, FREN 102
German Language50-633GERM 101, GERM 102
Spanish Language50-743SPAN 101, SPAN 102
History and Social Sciences
American Government503POLI 150
Educational Psychology, Introduction to503Elective, Non-General-Education
History of U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877503HIST 151
History of U.S. II: 1865 to the Present503HIST 152
Human Growth and Development2503PSYC 2902
Humanities503Elective, Non-General-Education
Psychology, Introductory503PSYC 110
Social Sciences and History503APS - Elective credit only - Non-General-Education
Sociology, Introductory503SOC 120
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648503HIST 120
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present503HIST 121
Science and Mathematics
Calculus505MATH 161
659MATH 161, MATH 162
College Algebra503MATH 110
College Mathematics503MATH 90
General Biology508BIOL 151, BIOL 152
578Required for biology/chemistry majors
General Chemistry508CHEM 151, CHEM 152
528Required for biology/chemistry majors
Natural Sciences503APS - Elective credit only - Non-General-Education
Precalculus503MATH 150

Essay is required to receive APU course equivalency. Note that essays are evaluated after a passing score on the multiple-choice section of the CLEP is achieved.


This test is not acceptable as an equivalent course for students in the liberal studies major seeking the multiple subject (K-12) teaching credential.