College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

This program was created by the College Board to allow students to demonstrate college-level achievement through a series of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams.

Brooklyn College is an open test center, and we welcome military personnel. All of the computer-based exams are administered in our testing laboratory.

Before Taking a CLEP Exam

Before taking a CLEP exam, check directly with the college or university you plan to attend to make sure it grants credit for CLEP and review the specifics of its policy.

How to Register for a CLEP Exam


Candidates should purchase the exam through CLEP by clicking here.

Once you receive confirmation of your exam purchase, please reserve a seat to take the CLEP exam with the Testing Center.


Reserving a Seat and Scheduling an Appointment to Test

Exams are generally administered twice per month, twice each day (4pm and 6:30pm).To guarantee a seat, candidates must reserve a space at least five business days prior to the exam date.

Submit the following items five business days in advance of the test date:

•A completed CLEP Registration-Admission Form (pdf) for each test.
•The $35.00 Test Administration Fee made payable to BC Member Organization. A USPS postal money order, a bank money order or a Western Union  money order are the only forms of acceptable payment for the test administration fee. An additional $10.00 fee is required only for  candidates taking the optional essay. The money order should be made payable to BC Member Organization.
•A copy of the voucher you received when you purchased the exam.

List of Current Exams

Fees and forms may be submitted in person or by mail to:

Office of Testing
Attn: CLEP
Brooklyn College
245 West End Building
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11210-2889

Special Accommodations

If you have a disability that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request special accommodations and arrangements to take it on either a regularly scheduled test date or at a specially scheduled test date. Any examinee in need of special accommodations must submit official written documentation, which will be reviewed and approved by our Center for Student Disability Services. For further details, please contact us at 718.951.5916.

CLEP exams are administered on computer. If you require a paper-and-pencil CLEP exam administration, please e-mail CLEP directly.

Request to Change a Test Date

To change a testing date, a minimum of 24-hour notification is required. Less than a 24-hour notification will result in the forfeiture of the $35 Test Administration Fee. If you are unable to attend a confirmed testing session, please call the Office of Testing at 718.951.5916 or send e-mail no less than 24 hours prior to the exam date. You may change your appointment one time without having to submit another test administration fee. If you reschedule more than once, you will be required to submit another $35 postal money order for the Test Administration Fee.

On the Day of the Test

  • Arrive 20 minutes early. (You may need to present identification and get a visitor's pass at the Bedford Avenue or the Campus Road and Hillel Place entrance to the campus before proceeding to the West End Building.)
  • Bring one form of government-issued ID.
  • Exam breaks are not scheduled.
  • Do not bring books, papers, cell phones, other electronic devices or watches that beep or have an alarm.
  • Do not bring a calculator. If a calculator is required, it is built into the test and will be available to you on the computer.

For further information, you may e-mail us.

Where to Report for CLEP Exams

Office of Testing
Brooklyn College
245 West End Building
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

The West End Building is located on campus near Ocean Avenue and Avenue H.

Travel direction to Brooklyn College

Quick Facts About CLEP

  • Institutions grant from three to 12 college credits for each CLEP exam taken.
  • CLEP is administered on a computer.
  • Exams are available year-round.
  • Exams are 90 minutes long (not including the tutorial session required before beginning any CLEP tests).
  • Should you fail an exam, you must wait six months to retake the exam.
  • With the exception of English Composition with Essay, exams are composed primarily of multiple-choice questions. Some mathematics exams include fill-in type questions.
  • All exams are scored on a scale of 20 to 80, and the recommended credit-granting score for all exams is 50, a score representative of a grade of C.
  • There is no penalty for guessing. Students are encouraged to answer every question on their exam.
  • Score reports are available immediately upon completion of the exam. Students know right away how they performed. Scores for English Composition with Essay are available two to three weeks after the exam date.
  • More than five million people have taken CLEP exams since its inception in 1967.

Preparing for a CLEP Exam

For the latest study guides and information, visit the CollegeBoard's official CLEP Preparation Site, or you can visit iStudySmart to learn about their in-depth study material.