The College Level Examination Program, also known as CLEP, is a group of examinations that allow students to “test out” of college courses but still earn credit hours. Basically, if you have strong knowledge in a subject and can pass the CLEP exam for that course, you’re awarded the credit hours instead of having to take the entire course. The exams are administered by the College Board and over 2,900 colleges and universities allow students to test out of certain courses via the exam. The subjects the CLEP tests cover include Composition and Literature, World Languages, History, Social Sciences, Science, Math, and Business. Check with the college you plan to attend to see if it accepts exam scores and, if so, which classes qualify. You’ll still have to pay for the exams, but the preparation and exam still cost less than taking an entire course for a semester, so for many students it’s a viable option.
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