CLEP Testing 

 

"The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations. Earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships." excerpted from CLEP Homepage

Please note that CLEP Testing is unavailable during Final Exams Weeks during the fall and spring semesters.  Click here to view the JJC Academic Calendar.

To learn more about this computerized test, please read through the information below:

Acceptable Forms of Identification for CLEP Testing

CLEP mandates that testers present one form of identification that is valid and current.  It must bear the test-taker's full name in English language characters, and must contain a recognizable photograph and a signature.  Click here to view ID requirements for DANTES-funded military candidates.  CLEP candidates who fail to present appropriate ID will not be tested.

CLEP tester identification must:

  • Be government issued
  • Be an original document - photocopied documents are not acceptable
  • Be valid and current - expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable, no matter how recently they may have expired
  • Bear the test-taker's full name, in English characters, exactly as it appears on the Registration Ticket, including the order of the names
  • Middle initials are optional and only need to match the first letter of the middle name when present on both the ticket and the identification
  • Bear a recent recognizable photograph that clearly matches the test-taker
  • Include the test-taker's signature
  • Be in good condition, with clearly legible text and a clearly visible photography

Acceptable forms of CLEP tester identification include:

Current, government-issued passport with name, photograph, and signature
Valid driver's license with name, photograph, and signature
State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph, and signature
Military ID with name, photograph, and signature (All DANTES-funded military candidates must present a current military ID.)
National ID with name, photograph, and signature
Tribal ID card with name, photograph, and signature
Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship with name, photograph, and signature
A Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) with name, photograph, and signature
If the student is a minor and unable to provide one of the forms of identification listed above, then the College Board Student ID Form must be used for identification purposes.  This form must include a recognizable photograph, and the school or notary seal must overlap the photo.  The student must sign the ID form in the presence of the designated school official or notary.  The student must also sign the ID form again at the test center in the presence of a Test Center Administrator.  This form is only valid at test centers located in the United States.  The ID form must be dated and is valid for only one year.  Click here to download this College Board Student ID Form.  One can also contact CLEP Services at 800-257-9558, 212-237-1331, or clep@info.collegeboard.org for information on obtaining the College Board Student ID Form.  

Unacceptable forms of identification include but are not limited to:

  • Credit or debit cards of any kind
  • Social Security card
  • Employee or work ID
  • School ID
  • Any document that is photocopied or expired
  • Any document that does not bear a recent recognizable photograph that clearly matches the test-taker
  • Any document that does not bear the test-taker's name in roman English characters exactly as it appears on the Registration Ticket
  • Any document that is worn, torn, scuffed, scarred, or otherwise damaged in such a manner that it renders any part of the text on the ID card illegible or renders any part of the photograph unrecognizable
  • Any document that appears tampered with or altered 

CLEP Preparation

CLEP testers may choose to prepare by reviewing study guides and other printed resources. See the list below of available study materials.

CLEP Website Study Materials

Learn how to prepare by visiting the Preparing for CLEP Web page where you will find the items listed below. Please note that some items are available for a fee.

  • Before Exam Day Tips
  • CLEP Official Study Guide
  • Essay Tips
  • Multiple-Choice Tips
  • On Exam Day Tips
  • Study Plan
    • Composition and Literature Resources
    • Foreign Languages Resources
    • History and Social Sciences Resources
    • Science and Mathematics Resources
    • Business Resources
    • Authentic Study Materials
  • Study Resources
  • Study Tips from Students

JJC Library Study Materials

While some of the study material on the CLEP website are available for a fee; all JJC Library CLEP study materials are free for all JJC students to borrow.  Click here to view a current list of available JJC Library resources.  Be sure to type "CLEP" as your keyword.

Exam Descriptions

Visit the CLEP Exam Descriptions Web page to learn more about the components of each exam. With the exception of the "English Composition with Essay" test, each test lasts 90 minutes. Similarly, with the exception of "English Composition with Essay," most tests are primarily composed of multiple-choice questions. Some mathematics exams include fill-in-the-blank type questions. All exams are scored on a scale of 20 to 80, not 1 to 100.

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JJC's CLEP Policy

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends a credit-granting score of 50 with the exceptions of four-semester-language-exam scores. Each institution sets its own policy; to learn more about the required CLEP scores for JJC Courses, please see the tables below.

There are five general examinations (English with essay-following departmental review, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences/History) for which students may be awarded up to six semester hours of credit in each area passed. Credit also may be awarded in certain specific courses pending attainment of the minimum score required. Please be aware that you can acquire no more than 30 credit hours of CLEP to be used as equivalencies for JJC coursework.

CLEP General Exams and their JJC and IAI Equivalencies

JJC Course IAI GECC* Credit Hours CLEP Exam Minimum Score
ENG 101 C1 900 3 College Composition Modular (JJC requires completion of multiple-choice section and essay.  Essay is scored by JJC English faculty.) 50
ART 115
ENG 103
F2 901
H3 914
3
3
Humanities 50
MATH 101 MATH 127 ---
M1 904
3
3
College Mathematics 50
BIO 146
Non-Lab Science Elective
L1 905
---
3
3
Natural Sciences 50
SOC 101
Social Science Elective
S7 900
---
3
3
Social Sciences and
History
50

* IAIGEEC is the acronym for the Illinois Articulation Initiative’s General Education Core Curriculum. For more details visit iTransfer.org.

CLEP Subject Matter Exams and their JJC and IAI Equivalencies

JJC Course IAI GECC* Credit Hours CLEP Exam Minimum Score
ACCY 101 --- 4 Financial Accounting 50
BIO 151 L1 900L 5 General Biology 50
BLAW 101 --- 3 Introductory Business Law 50
CHEM 101
CHEM 102
P1 902L
---
5
5
General Chemistry 50
CIS 122 --- 4 Information Systems and Computer Applications 50
ECON 103 S3 901 3 Principles of Macroeconomics 50
ECON 104 S3 902 3 Principles of Microeconomics 50
ENG 101 C1 900 3 College Composition Modular (JJC requires completion of multiple-choice section and essay.  Essay is scored by JJC English faculty.) 50
ENG 103
ENG 104
H3 914
H3 915
3
3
American Literature 50
ENG 105
ENG 106
H3 912
H3 913
3
3
English Literature 50
Humanities Elective --- 3 Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50
FRCH 101
FRCH 102
H1 900 for all 4
4
College French Language 50
FRCH 101
FRCH 102
FRCH 103
FRCH 104
H1 900 for all 4
4
4
4
College French Language 59*
HIST 103 S2 900 3 American History I: Early Colonization to 1877 50
HIST 104 S2 901 3 American History II: 1865 to Present 50
HIST 105 H2 901 3 Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50
HIST 106 H2 902 3 Western Civilization II to Present 50
MATH 131 --- 4 College Algebra 50
MATH 138 --- 4 Pre-Calculus 50
MATH 170 M1 900-1 5 Calculus with Elementary Function 50
MGMT 101 --- 3 Principles of Management 50
MKTG 101 --- 3 Principles of Marketing 50
PSCI 101 S5 900 3 American Government 50
PSYC 101 S6 900 3 General Psychology 50
PSYC 102 --- 3 Introduction to Educational Psychology 50
PSYC 215 S6 902 3 Human Growth and Development 50
SOC 101 S7 900 3 Introductory Sociology 50
SPAN 101
SPAN 102
H1 900 for all 4
4
College Spanish Language 50
SPAN 101
SPAN 102
SPAN 103
SPAN 104
H1 900 for all 4
4
4
4
College Spanish Language 63*

* IAIGEEC is the acronym for the Illinois Articulation Initiative's General Education Core Curriculum. For more details visit iTransfer.org.

** The American Council of Education (ACE) recommends a uniform credit-granting score of 50 across all subjects (excluding higher level foreign languages).

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Retaking the Test

Candidates may not repeat a CLEP exam of the same title within six months. Scores of exams repeated earlier than six months will be canceled and test fees forfeited. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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Score Reports

With the exception of the "English Composition with Essay" test, you will receive your unofficial score report immediately upon completion of testing. Scores for the "English Composition with Essay" test are available four to five weeks after the exam date. To learn more about the following score-related information, please visit the CLEP Score and Transcripts Web page.

  • Receiving scores
  • Sending score reports to your college, employer, or certifying agency
  • Obtaining CLEP transcripts
  • Obtaining transcripts for military personnel
  • Cancelling scores so they are not reported to your college, employer, or certifying agency
  • Interpreting your scores

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Special Accommodations

If you have a learning or physical 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 administration. For details, please contact the JJC Academic Skills Center Coordinator before you register.

CLEP exams are administered on the computer. If you require a paper-and-pencil CLEP exam administration, contact the CLEP Web site directly. Paper-and-pencil administrations are only available for some of the CLEP exams. The fee for each paper-and-pencil exam is more expensive than its computer counterpart.  Please note that immediate score reports are not available with paper-and-pencil testing. You will receive your scores four to five weeks after the testing date.

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Steps to Take the Test

  1. Read CLEP Exam Descriptions Web page of all 33 exams and decide which exam(s) to take.
  2. Find out your college's CLEP policy by contacting your admissions office, test center, or academic advisor. If you intend to use CLEP credit at JJC, please familiarize yourself with JJC's CLEP Policy.
  3. Speak with the Academic Skills Center Coordinator if you need special accommodations.
  4. Register and pay exam fee(s) via My Account.
  5. Review/ print your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket.  CLEP registration is valid for six months and the expiration date is printed on your ticket. 
  6. Schedule your CLEP test appointment by contacting the JJC Academic Skills Center at (815) 280-2261.  Click here to view the CLEP testing times and locations.
  7. Start studying; use some of the CLEP Preparation options mentioned above.
  8. On the day of testing, pay the JJC CLEP Administrative Fee at Student Accounts and Payments; this center is located at Campus Center Enrollment Center (A-1020). View the Main Campus Map.
  9. Arrive at the testing center 10 minutes before your scheduled test with the following items:
    • CLEP receipt from Student Accounts and Payments,
    • Two acceptable forms of identification; if you do not have appropriate identification ID, you will not be allowed to test. There are no exceptions to this rule!
    • CLEP Exam Registration Ticket - The name on the IDs must match the name printed on this ticket.
  10. Place your backpack, books, paperwork, food, drink, all electronic devices, and all other personal items in an ASC locker; these are not allowed in the testing area.  If items do not fit, then they must be taken and stored in your car.  Earplugs are available upon request.  Click here to see other Academic Skills Center Testing Policies.
  11. Complete your test(s).
  12. Receive your unofficial CLEP score report immediately upon completion of testing.
    • If you are taking the College Composition Modular exam for JJC, adhere to the following steps:
      • Complete your multiple choice, computer-based section and earn a 50 or higher.
      • Pay $10 via debit or credit card and order the written portion of the exam.
      • Schedule to complete the written portion two weeks from your original test date.
      • Within three weeks of completing your written portion, receive notification from JJC regarding your CLEP score information.  During this time, the written portion will be graded by JJC English and World Languages Faculty.
    • If you are taking the College Composition Modular exam for another institution, adhere to the following steps:
      • Contact your institution to determine if the written portion is necessary AND how to complete this section if necessary.
  13. Retest for a fee if necessary, after waiting the mandatory six-month period.
  14. If you completed an essay with your exam, wait 4 to 5 weeks to receive the results of this test.
  15. Five weeks after your testing date, contact your school to ensure they received your scores. If the scores were received, you are finished with the CLEP testing process. If your school did not receive your scores, please contact CLEP directly.
  16. Contact CLEP directly if you would like your scores sent to another institution. This option is available if a testing candidate chooses to send his or her transcripts to a score recipient other than the one selected on the test. Credit cards are accepted for telephone orders through CLEP Services at (800) 257-9558. There is a $20.00 transcript fee for this service.

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Testing Fees

The total cost to take one CLEP Exam at the JJC Academic Skills Center is typically $95.00 - $105.00 effective July 1, 2012.

Below is a breakdown of these fees:

  • CLEP Exam Fee: $80.00 effective July 1, 2012 
    • Preferred form of payment: Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo)
    • Other acceptable forms of payment: Checks or money orders made payable to CLEP
    • NO CASH ACCEPTED
  • CLEP Exam Fee for Optional Essay: $10.00
    • American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, English Literature, and Freshman College Composition sometimes require an additional optional essay. If the exam chosen requires an optional essay, the examinee must inform the testing site in advance. There is a two-week wait for the essay materials to be delivered to the testing site.
    • Preferred form of payment: Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo)
    • Other acceptable forms of payment: Checks or money orders made payable to CLEP
    • NO CASH ACCEPTED
  • JJC Administrative Fee: $15.00
    • Preferred form of payment: Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo)
    • This payment is in addition to and not to be combined with the CLEP exam fee. Pay the JJC Administrative fee at Student Accounts and Payments; this center is located at Campus Center Enrollment Center (A-1020). View the Main Campus Map.

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Testing Times and Locations

CLEP Testing is available only at Main Campus. An appointment is necessary; as indicated in the chart below, a student can schedule their appointment to occur Monday-Friday.

Main Campus
Directions to Main Campus
Academic Skills Center in A-1138 (Campus Center)
1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431  

 

 Day  Available Test Start Times (Effective January 1, 2014)        
 Monday 11:30am 12:00pm 2:30pm 3:00pm
 Tuesday  8:30am 9:00am 11:30am 12:00pm 2:30pm 3:00pm
 Wednesday  8:30am 9:00am 11:30am 12:00pm 2:30pm 3:00pm
 Thursday  8:30am 9:00am 11:30am 12:00pm 2:30pm 3:00pm
 Friday  8:30am 9:00am 11:30am 12:00pm    
 Saturday No CLEP testing on Saturdays      

Last updated on June 30, 2014.

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