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 handwritten-essay sections, except for the College Composition Modular, which provides a 70-minute computerized-essay section. 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 allows students 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 Academic Success Center (ASC) Testing Services.

CLEP study guides are available from the CLEP website, the Campus Store, 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 $89 and must be paid on the CLEP website by credit or debit card. 
  • Schedule an appointment to take the exam at ASC Testing Services using our online scheduling system.
  • Pay the $30 nonrefundable proctoring fee no later than 3 calendar days prior to your appointment.
  • The fee for any written CLEP essay exams is $10 per exam, payable on the day of your appointment.

On the day of the exam, students must:

  • Provide a paper copy of the CLEP Exam Registration Ticket to the ASC Testing Services 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.

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. 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.

Candidate Status CLEP Fee
Active Duty Military No 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 Personnel No Fee1
Are eligible for the following exams only:
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Marketing
Veterans Veterans 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. 

Credit for CLEP Scores

Subject Score Units Course Equivalent
Financial Accounting 50 4 ACCT 120
Business Law, Introductory 50 3 Not acceptable for BUSI 296, Elective, Non-General-Education
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 BUSI 240 or CS 205
Management, Principles of 50 3 MGMT 210
Marketing, Principles of 50 3 MKTG 260
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 3 ECON 250
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 3 ECON 251
Composition and Literature
American Literature1 50 3 Not acceptable for ENGL 244, ENGL 254, Elective, Non-General-Education
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature1 50 3 ENGL 1111
College Composition 50 No course equivalency at APU
English Literature1 50 3 Not acceptable for ENGL 222, ENGL 232, Elective, Non-General-Education
College Composition Modular1 50 No course equivalency at APU
Modern languages
French Language 50 3 FREN 101, FREN 102
German Language 50 3 GERM 101, GERM 102
Spanish Language 50 3 SPAN 101, SPAN 102
History and Social Sciences
American Government 50 3 POLI 150
Educational Psychology, Introduction to 50 3 Elective, Non-General-Education
History of U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3 HIST 151
History of U.S. II: 1865 to the Present 50 3 HIST 152
Human Growth and Development 2 50 3 PSYC 290 2
Humanities 50 3 Elective, Non-General-Education
Psychology, Introductory 50 3 PSYC 110
Social Sciences and History 50 3 APS, Elective credit only, Non-General-Education
Sociology, Introductory 50 3 SOC 120
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 HIST 120
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 50 3 HIST 121
Science and Mathematics
Calculus 50 5 MATH 165
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 110
College Mathematics 50 3 MATH 90 3
General Biology 50 8 BIOL 151, BIOL 152
57 8 Required for all students in the Department of Biology and Chemistry majors and minors
General Chemistry 50 8 CHEM 151, CHEM 152
52 8 Required for all students in the Department of Biology and Chemistry majors and minors
Natural Sciences 50 3 APS, Elective credit only, Non-General-Education
Precalculus 50 3 MATH 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.


MATH 90 does not meet the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement and does not count toward total units needed for graduation.