The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a credit-by-examination program which has been in existence for over 40 years, is accepted by approximately 2,900 colleges and universities, and is administered in more than 1,800 test centers around the country. This program allows students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.
While CLEP is sponsored by the College Board, only universities and colleges may grant credit toward a degree. Not all postsecondary institutions have the same CLEP policies—some institutions accept credit for a few exams, while others accept credit for all of them. An institution often grants the same amount of credit to a student who earns satisfactory scores on a CLEP examination as it does for a student who successfully completes the related course.
In Kansas, legislation was passed in 2016 requiring all state universities to accept CLEP exam scores for credit, beginning July 1, 2017. This legislation requires the number of credit hours to be awarded be at least equivalent to the minimum number of credit hours granted for the equivalent course offered by the institution; credit hours awarded for exams in the subject of the student’s major course of study be applied towards the student’s degree program major course of study, and for all other credit hours to apply towards general degree requirements; and that credit hours for exams be listed on the student’s transcript as pass/fail.
As the governing body for the six state universities in Kansas, the Board of Regents has adopted policy outlining this expectation, which can be reviewed here. As required by state law, beginning July 1, 2017, each state university shall award credit for all College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination scores at or above the American Council of Education’s (ACE) credit-granting recommended score of 50 for the equivalent course or courses at their institution.
Kansas CLEP Testing Centers are available at the following locations:
- Baker University
- Baker University - Topeka
- Barton County Community College
- Barton County Community College - Fort Riley
- Butler Community College - Andover
- Butler Community College - McConnell AFB
- Fort Hays State University
- Garden City Community College
- Highland Community College
- Johnson County Community College
- Kansas State University - Manhattan
- Kansas Polytechnic University
- Labette Community College
- Manhattan Christian College
- MidAmerica Nazarene University
- Newman University
- Pittsburg State University
- Seward County Community College
- Sterling College
- University of Kansas - Lawrence
- Washburn University
- Wichita State University
For more information, visit the College Board website.