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Ask An Advisor: What is CLEP?

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ask-an-advisor1“Have you CLEPped any classes?” your adviser asks.  What is CLEP?

CLEP stands for “College Level Examination Program.”  It is administered by the college board and billed as “the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities….  This rigorous program allows students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit.  Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.”

NDNU students have used the CLEP exams to supplement their unit counts in a variety of lower division classes and for some prerequisites.  Is it for you?  Well, it depends.  Some of us, no matter how smart, don’t enjoy being tested and may not perform well on examinations.  For most, the answer is case-by-case, depending on the examination and our level of experience with that subject.

CLEP offers study guides (about $25) and practice examinations (about $10 each), so you can help determine its appropriateness to your needs in a relatively low-risk way.  The exams themselves are offered at various testing centers in the Bay Area and cost about $100 each to take.

If uncertain, talk with your adviser.  Judy and Vicki, Therese, Lillian, and Helene are all here to help both with your experience while in classes and to get you to graduation on a pace that makes sense within your individual career and personal goals.

KEEP IN MIND  that some of the units offered for CLEP exams just changed. (We were notified this week.)  Ask your adviser if you were hoping for a certain number of units from an individual exam and we can compare against the new list.


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