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Where To Take Clep Tests

If you've never take a CLEP test before it can be pretty difficult to find information on where to take them. A lot of this is due to the fact that a relatively small percent of the population knows about CLEP tests and even fewer take advantage of them.

Where CLEP Tests Are Administered

CLEP tests are administered at what are called National Test Centers. The two primary places you can find these are on college campuses and in the college/education offices of military bases.

To the best of my knowledge most CLEP test centers on military bases are pretty much restricted to active duty military, so I won't be discussing those test centers in this article.

The second place I mentioned was on college campuses. Not all college campuses have CLEP testing centers, so you are going to have to do a little investigative research to find out.

Finding Out What Colleges Offer CLEP Testing

There are a couple of different ways to find out what colleges do CLEP testing. From what I've noticed from personal observation is that community colleges and private colleges tend to have CLEP testing centers more than state universities do.

One way to find this information is to check the websites of the colleges in your area. Most college websites have some sort of search function. Just type in "CLEP" or "CLEP tests" in the search bar and do a search. This method is great because you can kill two birds with one stone. You can find out what colleges have testing centers and what credits different colleges in your area will grant you for passing CLEP tests.

Another way to find CLEP testing centers is to use your favorite search engine. Just type in "CLEP + name of your state" or "CLEP + name of your city". Usually this does a good job of pulling up the test centers in your area. 300

A third way of finding CLEP testing centers is by using the CollegeBoard's website. The CollegeBoard is the organization who administers the CLEP. If the name sounds familiar it's because they are the same organization who admisters the SATs and the AP tests.

CollegeBoard's Test Center Search Page

On their website they have a test center search page that you can use to locate CLEP test centers. If you're in the United States you can search by zip code or by state and city. If you're outside the United States they have a search function that allows you to search for test centers by country.

After you do a search a page pops up showing you what colleges offer CLEP testing in your area. It will also say whether the test center is "open" or "restricted". Open means anyone can go there and take a CLEP test. Restricted means that there are special requirements such as being in the military or attending that school.

This page does a great job of telling you what colleges offer CLEP testing, but a terrible job of listing all the CLEP testing locations for that college as well as providing the link to the actual website.

It's a great starting point for beginning your search for CLEP testing centers, but don't give up if their website doesn't list one in your area. Instead use the other methods I talked about to find testing centers in your area.


If you're having problems finding a CLEP testing center in your area feel free to leave a comment and I will do some research to see if I can find one for you. If you have already taken CLEP tests what type of location was it? Was it a private college? community college? state college?

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