Want to save time while earning your degree? Consider taking a CLEP exam. The College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps you earn credit toward your degree completion.

How To Take a CLEP Exam at San Jac

  1. Step 1: Pick a CLEP exam

    You can test for any of the 34 introductory-level subject exams to earn credit toward your degree. However, most colleges and institutions only award credit for certain exams. Also, while you can earn credit on most exams by scoring 50+, your college or institution can determine alternate CLEP credit policies. 

    To learn about which CLEP exams San Jac awards credit for, visit our Types of CLEP Exams section below. 

    To have credit applied:

    • You must earn at least three credit hours of coursework at San Jac before CLEP credit can be posted on your transcript. 
    • You cannot earn more than 30 credit hours toward a degree from CLEP in combination with other credit by examination scores. 
    • You will not receive CLEP credit for a course you already earned a grade for (A, B, C, D, F, FX, W, WL, or I).
    Note: *If you score between 50-62 on any language exam, San Jac will award eight credit hours for 1411 and 1412 courses. If you score 63+ on any language exam, San Jac will award an additional six hours for 2311 and 2312 courses.

    Before attempting to test, please confirm your college or institution's CLEP testing policy. You can also review College Board's information about CLEP scores.

  2. Step 2: Registering for Your Exam

    When you register for an exam, you can choose where to send your scores. Make sure to meet with your chosen college or institution to discuss your official scores and how they can be used for college credit. If you choose to have your scores sent to San Jac, in most cases after testing you can meet with an advisor to review your unofficial scores.

    Are you eligible to receive testing accommodations? You need to confirm what accommodations CLEP can provide. To learn about the accommodations that can be applied to this exam, please meet with Accessibility Services.

    Important: Before you buy your registration ticket through CLEP, visit their website to learn more about the available exams and registration guidelines.

  3. Step 3: Prepare for Your Exam

    Each CLEP exam allows you 90 minutes to finish. You are allowed to take breaks, but you can't pause the exam and must finish within the time limit. 

    When you arrive to take the test, be sure to have: 

    • Your government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.).  
    • Your CLEP registration ticket (must match your ID).
    • $20 for the proctoring fee.

    Note: You can use the CLEP Student ID Form for CLEP exams in place of a photo ID. Please review all requirements on this form and have the form notarized to ensure you are able to test.

    If you need to retest, CLEP allows retesting on the same exam after a three-month period. Before attempting to retest, please confirm your eligibility with CLEP.

    Do you think you need more preparation for your exam? Modern States Education Alliance offers free online courses to help you prepare for the test and may cover your CLEP registration ticket fee!


San Jac awards credit for 20 of the available exams (see table below). Ask an adviser to help you determine how CLEP testing can help you complete your degree.

CLEP Exam Course Credit
College Composition ENGL 1301 3
American Literature ENGL 2327 & ENGL 2328 6
English Literature ENGL 2322 & ENGL 2323 6
College Algebra MATH 1314 3
Chemistry CHEM 1311/CHEM 1111 4
Calculus MATH 2413 4
French FREN 2311/FREN 2312 6
French FREN 1411/FREN 1412 8
German GERM 2311/GERM 2312 6
German GERM 1411/GERM 1412 8
Spanish SPAN 2311/SPAN 2312 6
Spanish SPAN 1411/SPAN 1412 8
American Government GOVT 2305 3
History of the US 1: Early Colonization to 1877 HIST 1301 3
History of the US II: 1865 to Present HIST 1302 3
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 2301 3
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 2302 3
Introductory Psychology PSYC 2301 3
Introductory Sociology SOCI 1301 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 HIST 2311 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present HIST 2312 3
Financial Accounting ACCT 2301 3
Introductory Business Law BUSI 2301 3


CLEP Exams for Transfer Schools

Need help deciding which CLEP exam to take? Here are the most popular CLEP exams for the top transfer schools.


Top Transfer Schools Awards Credit
University of Houston  College Algebra
History of the United States I and II
University of Houston - Downtown College Algebra
History of the United States I and II
University of Houston - Clear Lake College Algebra
History of the United States I and II
Texas A&M University College Algebra
History of the United States I and II
Sam Houston State University  College Algebra
History of the United States I and II
Texas State University  College Composition
College Algebra
History of the United States I and II*
University of Texas - Arlington  College Algebra
History of the United States I and II
Lamar University College Algebra
History of the United States I and II
University of Texas - Austin College Algebra
Stephen F. Austin State University  College Algebra
History of the United States I and II

 *Some Conditions Apply





Schedule Your CLEP Exam

Each campus offers different kinds of tests. Check below to see which campus offers the test you need and to schedule your exam.

Misconduct and Infraction Guidelines

San Jac Testing Centers have a responsibility to faculty and students to respond to any infractions that may occur. We administer CLEP under policy, rules and guidelines set forth by the College Board and CLEP platform, as detailed per the CLEP Misconduct Policy


At the time of your appointment, report to the Testing Center on the campus where you prefer to test. Contact the location if you have any questions.

CAmpus Address Phone Email
Central Welcome Center C27.2200, 2nd Floor  281-998-6150 x 2025 testingcenter-central@sjcd.edu
North Welcome Center N6.220, 2nd Floor 281-998-6150 x 2347 testingcenter-north@sjcd.edu
South Welcome Center S6.220, 2nd Floor  281-998-6150 x 3433 testingcenter-south@sjcd.edu
Generation Park G2. 115 281-998-6150 x 8129