What is CLEP?

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States, with more than 2,900 college and universities awarding credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. Since 1967, five million people — adults returning to college, graduating high school seniors, and enrolled students — have earned college credit through CLEP.

What subjects are offered for credit?

There are 34 CLEP examinations, organized within five major categories: Composition and Literature, Science and Mathematics, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, and Business. These examinations represent courses typical of the first two years of college study. They require college-level knowledge and critical thinking ability; sufficient preparation is required to do well.

What are the exams like?

All CLEP exams offered through Great Bay are computerized (CLEP iBT). Each exam is 90 minutes in length and contains multiple choice or fill-in questions. The exception is English Composition with Essay in which 45 minutes is devoted to multiple choice and 45 minutes is devoted to composition.

Each exam is preceded by a tutorial that explains how to take the exam on the computer. This tutorial may be downloaded from the? official CLEP site. CLEP iBT provides instant score results to test-takers, so you will know the day of the test how you performed. 

There are some exams in which an optional essay exists. You will need to check with your institution to see if it requires an optional essay for the following exams: American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, English Literature, and Freshman College Composition. These essays are written by hand and scored by the institution that requires this option.

What is Great Bay's CLEP policy?

Great Bay CLEP Policy

What will the examination cost?

There are two fees associated with the CLEP exam:

  1. A $89 exam fee is paid directly to College Board. The preferred method of payment for College Board is credit card-only. American Express, Master Card, and VISA are accepted. Credit card numbers will be typed into the CLEP registration form and submitted over the computer. Go to to create an account and register/pay for the exam.
  2. If the examinee is not a student of Great Bay, there is a testing fee of $25.00 which must be paid directly to the college at the time the test is scheduled. Active military may be able to waive this fee, as determined by DANTES eligibility.

When are the CLEP exams offered at Great Bay?

CLEP exams are scheduled by appointment. Both day and evening appointments are available. Please call: (603) 427 - 7621 to schedule a time.

How much time should I allow for registration and testing?

Each exam is 90 minutes; add an additional 15 minutes for payment, registration, and test directions. Please know that you will need to stay for the entire test. Unless you have a documented disability that allows for scheduled breaks, or there is an emergency, you will be required to complete the entire exam without interruption. Should you need to take a break, the test can be stopped but the examination clock will continue to run.

What do you need to bring to your CLEP appointment?

A driver’s license or other state issued photo identification is required at check-in.  Please have your printed registration ticket with you.

How can I get more information about CLEP?

Information beyond this document can be found on the CLEP program web site. You may also call the test administrator at (603) 427-7621

Does CLEP allow accommodated testing for persons with documented disabilities?

Testing accommodations can be made for persons with documented disabilities. In compliance with the ADA (American Disabilities Act), CLEP offers a variety of testing accommodations such as: reader, amanuensis, sign language interpreter, and/or written script. Requests for accommodations, along with supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Testing Center Administrator at Great Bay. If you are requesting accommodations, please make the request two weeks in advance of your desired testing date.

CLEP Policies and Regulations

Prohibited Items

The following items may NOT be brought into the testing room:

  • Calculators (a calculator function is built into the software for those tests that allow one).
  • Calculator watches
  • Dictionaries, books, pamphlets.
  • Papers of any kind (except scratch paper provided by the Center).
  • Slide rules, protractors, compasses, and rulers.
  • Highlighter pens and/or colored pens and pencils.
  • Alarm wristwatches.
  • Cellular phones/pagers.
  • Listening devices.
  • Copying and photographic devices.
  • Transmission or receiving data.
  • Non-medical electronic devices (laptop, computers, digital assistants).
  • Hats (unless worn as a religious requirement).
  • Examinee-provided keyboards.

You may leave these items behind our front desk in the testing center, but we cannot always guarantee their safety. It is best to leave them at home or lock them in your car.

Scratch Paper

Examinees may only use CLEP authorized scratch paper. You will receive a packet of scratch paper when you are seated at your testing station. Should you need more, just let the Test Center Administrator (TCA) know and he/she will give you a new packet (the used packet will be collected at this time).


The following behaviors are considered misconduct:

  • Giving or receiving assistance of any kind.
  • Using any of the prohibited aids listed on the previous page.
  • Attempting to take an examination for someone else.
  • Failing to follow test regulations or the administrator's instructions.
  • Causing a disturbance of any kind.
  • Removing or attempting to remove test questions and/or responses (in any format) or notes about the test from the testing room.
  • Attempting to remove scratch paper from the testing room.
  • Tampering with the operation of the computer or attempting to use it for any function other than taking the examination.

Upon discovery of the misconduct by the TCA, the examinee will be asked to stop and given a warning. Should the examinee choose to engage in the misconduct again, he/she will be dismissed from the testing center.


Should an examinee wish to retake a CLEP exam, he/she must wait 6 months. Request for exceptions can be made directly to CLEP services. Please ask the Test Center Administrator for the address or fax number.