Testing Services

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The following information pertains to Cleveland State University students. Each university/college determines their own policies, minimum score, amount of credit and course fulfillment. You should contact the Admissions or Registrars Office at your college for more information.


Link to set up my account

CLEP testing is offered Monday through Friday between 9am and 2:30pm. You must register with the Testing Center a minimum of 1 week prior to the date you would like to take the exam(s) by completing the registration form & returning to the Testing Center located at 2124 Chester Ave., RW 215, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. A $30.00 registration fee (per exam) is required with your registration form. The registration fee is non-refundable & non-transferable. On the registration form in the “Preferred Test Date/Time” section you must enter 2 choices to help us accommodate your availability. We cannot guarantee a seat on either of the “Preferred Test Date” choices. In the event we cannot accommodate either of your requested dates you will receive a telephone call to discuss a new test date. We will send a confirmation of your test date & time via email.

If additional testing requirements are necessary due to a disability you will need to call the office to schedule a test date.  Once a test date has been established you will then complete & submit the registration form and your registration fee.  You will need to submit paperwork of the diagnosis from your Physician or High School Counselor.  You should register at least 1 month prior to the preferred test date since approval from the CLEP/College Board will be required.  More details can be provided over the telephone. 

Prior to taking your CLEP exam, you will need to setup a personal account “My Account” with the College Board http://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam, register for the exam(s) you are interested in and pay the $80.00 fee per examination to CLEP.  This does not need to be completed before you register with CSU Testing Center but must be completed prior to your test date.  You will need to bring the Registration Ticket with you to the Testing Center on the day of testing.  This Registration Ticket is provided by the College Board when you register for an examination through “My Account”.

What is CLEP?

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is offered under the auspices of the College Board. The examinations are administered through Cleveland State's Testing Center. Students seeking credit through CLEP after completing Cleveland State or other college-level work are cautioned to determine in advance with an academic adviser whether such credit will duplicate that already earned. Transfer students who have received credit through CLEP at another institution should have the official score report sent to the Office of the University Registrar for evaluation. Testing time for each objective test is 90 minutes. The test fee is $80.00 per examination paid on the day of testing using a credit card or check (made payable to CLEP), plus a $30.00 NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE service fee per examination (cash, check or money order; payable to CSU) submitted with your Registration Form. A booklet which describes the examinations and supplies sample questions “Guide to the CLEP Examinations” is available from the CLEP program, most major bookstores and some public libraries, including the CSU bookstore. If you have any questions about the registration process or about special arrangements for testing students with a disability, call Testing Services, (216)687-2272. Additional information and sample tests can be found at http://clep.collegeboard.org/

Who is eligible to take the CLEP and receive credit?

Any freshman, sophomore, or junior year student who feels he/she can qualify for credit, and who does not already have credit for the class, may take the CLEP. The intent of the CSU policy is to offer credit to students who have not yet enrolled or who have not completed the credits for the freshman year. CSU students should talk with an academic advisor before arranging to take the test. Credit is not available to senior year students without approval from their academic advisor or students who have already earned course credit in the areas covered by a CLEP..

What procedures are followed for granting credit?

You should indicate on the test registration form that you wish for a copy of your scores to be sent to CSU. The Registrars Office will notify you by mail of the amount of credit granted after receiving an official score report from the College Board. Questions regarding the use of CLEP credit for degree requirements should be directed to your academic advisor.

What procedures are followed for granting credit?

You should be sure to indicate on the test registration form that you wish for a copy of your scores sent to CSU. The Registrars Office will notify you by mail of the amount of credit granted. Questions regarding the use of CLEP-GE credit for degree requirements should be directed to your academic advisor.

How do I take the test?

An “Information For Candidates” book is available at http://clep.collegeboard.org/information-candidates-bulletin

Registration forms and the $30.00 NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE service fee per examination in the form of a check or money order, made payable to Cleveland State University (CSU) should be completed & returned to:

Testing Services
Cleveland State University
2124 Chester Avenue
Rhodes West #215
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Please include on your Registration-Admission Form, #12, your 1st & 2nd test date & include your time choice.  Due to limited capacity, there is NO guarantee you will receive the date and/or time you request.  Registration will be on a first come/first serve basis.

How much credit can I receive at Cleveland State University through CLEP?

Cleveland State grants credit for each examination score of 50 or above according to the table below. The score range is 20-80. No partial credit is granted. A maximum of 60 credit hours from CLEP exams may count towards a CSU degree.

Credit Equivalencies
(Updated Spring 11) Subject to change
CLEP Exam CLEP Score CSU Equivalent Course CSU Equivalent
Course Title
American Government 50 PSC 111 American Government 4
American Literature 50 AH 100 Arts & Humanities general education elective 8
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 AH 100 Arts & Humanities general education elective 8
Biology 50 BIO 200
BIO 201
NL 100
Intro Biology I & II
Natural Science general education lab elective
Calculus 50 MTH 181 Calculus I 4
Chemistry 50 NS 100 Natural Science general education elective 12
College Algebra 50 MTH 167 Pre-Calculus Mathematics I 4
College Mathematics 50 MTH 117 Mathematics for Liberal Arts 4
College Composition 50 ENG 101 College Writing I 3
College Composition Modular 50 CSU 1XX Lower division elective 3
English Literature 50 AH 100 Arts & Humanities general education elective 4
Financial Accounting 50 ACT 221 Intro Accounting I 3
French Language 50 FRN 101
FRN 102

FRN 201
French Language Skills I
French Language Skills II

Culture & Civilization
German Language 50 GER 101
GER 102
GER 201
German I
German II
Culture & Civilization
History of the United States I 50 HIS111 United States History to 1877 4
History of the United States II 50 HIS112 United States History Since 1877 4
Human Growth and Development 50 PSY 223 Life Span Development 3
Humanities 50 AH 100 Arts & Humanities general education elective 8
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50 CSU 100 General elective 3
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 EDB 302 Psy Foundations of Education 3
Introductory Business Law 50 BLW 411 Business Law & Ethics 3
Introductory Psychology 50 PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 4
Introductory Sociology 50 SOC 101 Intro to Sociology 3
Natural Sciences 50 NS 100 Natural Science general
education elective
Precalculus 50 MTH 167
MTH 168
Pre-Calculus Mathematics I

Pre-Calculus Mathematics II
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECN 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Principles of Management 50 MLR 301 Principles of Management 3
Principles of Marketing 50 MKT 301 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECN 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Social Sciences & History 50 SS 100 Social Science general education elective 8
Spanish Language 50 SPN 101
SPN 102
SPN 201
Spanish Lang Skills I
Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish
Western Civilization I 50 HIS 101 Western Civilization I 4
Western Civilization II 50 HIS 102 Western Civilization II 4