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CLEP offers exams for college credit in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that are generally taken in the first two years of college. Most CLEP exams are designed to correspond to one-semester courses, although some correspond to full-year or two-year courses.

Exams are computer based and contain mainly multiple-choice questions. College Composition includes essays.  A few other exams offer optional essays which are not required by DU.  For more information see the Information for Candidates booklet.

DU Course Credit awarded for CLEP Tests

Testing Sites:

DU Testing Sites Offering CLEP:


  1. Check the DU Testing Hours at our campuses to select your time.
  2. Phone or e-mail us or make an online appointment:
    Online Appointment Request


CLEP testing requires two payments:

  1. Davenport Fee

    • DU Students - $15
    • Non-DU Students - $30 
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    • DU seat payment is non-refundable for missed appointments
    • (Payment must be made by Credit Card)
  2. CLEP Test Fee – please pay before arriving at testing
    • $80 (No cash. Credit card or Check payable to CLEP)
    • $10 additional fee paid to CLEP total for the optional essay *
    • No additional fee for College Composition Modular essay
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      (Payment must be made by Credit Card directly to CLEP)
      *Optional essays are not required for Davenport course credit.  Optional essays will only be ordered AFTER the candidate has passed the online test. Payment is made directly to CLEP by the student calling CLEP from the DU Library where the student is testing.

Test Duration:

  • 90 minute online test – 2 hour testing appointment required
  • 90 minute appointment for any optional essay
  • College Composition - the only 120 minute online test – 2 ½ hour testing appointment required

CLEP testing appointments will always be scheduled for the full 2 hours (2 ½ hours for College Composition) and must be scheduled at least 2 hours before testing closes.

Retake Rule:

If a passing score is not achieved, candidate must wait 180 days before retaking the same test.

ID on day of Testing:

Candidate must bring one form of identification. The primary ID must be a government-issued photo ID with signature, such as a passport, state-issued driver’s license, state-issued ID card, tribal ID, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship. Candidates will not be tested if they fail to present appropriate ID.

Homeschoolers, if you do not have the required government-issued ID, please complete a Student ID Form, which is valid for one year ( The form must display a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested.

Testing Center Rules:

Prohibited Items – Personal items (cell phones, backpacks, purses, MP3 players, etc.) are not allowed during testing.  They may be left in a car or placed in an area designated by DU staff.

Provided Items –

  • Scratch paper (will be collected after test) & pencils
  • Erasable Board & Marker
  • Calculator if allowed for test will be provided on computer screen

Score Results:

  • Immediate results displayed and print-out provided for student, except for College Composition which is manually scored (see p. 10 of Information for Candidates) and takes 4-6 weeks.
  • Transcript – sent by CLEP to school designated by the candidate (takes 2-3 weeks before it is mailed); for additional transcripts, please follow the instructions on this CLEP form.


For accommodation information, please see p. 3 on the Information for Candidates Bulletin.

Military Candidates:

Active Duty Military Members and Spouses

 Both the Davenport fee and the CLEP test fee are waived for qualifying military candidates (click here for more information).  All qualifying military candidates must present a current military ID as part of their identification in order to waive the DU and CLEP test fees.


Please click here for more information.

Study Resources:

Click on the test name at the test preparation page and view the Study Resources section.  If you are a DANTES-funded military candidate, you can obtain free study materials through your base education center.

For Michigan residents or Davenport students, there are practice exams for some of the CLEP exams in the database Learning Express.  DU students can reach Learning Express on the DU Libraries database page.  Non-DU students who are Michigan residents, can reach Learning Express through MeL with their Michigan Driver's License or State ID.