College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program, or CLEP, provides students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in college courses. CLEP examinations measure knowledge of the material usually covered in various classes during college. With CLEP a student can earn college credit for what he or she already knows, regardless of where or how that knowledge was acquired.  Students can earn 3 to 9 hours of college credit, depending on exam and score.  This helps students save time and money, and earn credit for what they already know!

CLEP Eligibility for A&M-SA Students

CLEP cannot duplicate or repeat credit already earned through college or university classes.  Students can receive credit for a passed CLEP exam for courses in which they have received grades of "F," "NC" or "W" since these grades do not represent hours earned.  Students may not receive any CLEP credit for courses which credit has already been awarded, including courses taken and awarded a grade of "A," "B," "C," or "D" grade.  In order for A&M-SA to award credit, the individual must be a current A&M-SA student and have CLEP send their official score report directly to A&M-SA.

Registering for a CLEP Exam

Step 1:  Select the CLEP exam(s) you would like to take.  For a complete list of CLEP exams, please visit their website here.  Make sure the exam fits within your degree plan (see your advisor).

Step 2: Order your CLEP voucher here.  This must be ordered prior to your appointment.  

Step 3: Please schedule your appointment online here.  Pay the $20 administrative fee* during the scheduling process.

*The Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a DANTES Fully Funded test site.  If you are an eligible military personnel, civilian employee, and spouse of participating Reserve Component and Coast Guard personnel you will not have to pay the administrative fee.  You must register under CLEP Military.  Please refer to the DANTES Eligibility Chart for additional information.  CLEP candidates that have DANTES fund their exam, must bring the appropriate identification which includes Geneva Convention Identification Card ID. 

Step 4: You will receive a confirmation email of your registration date, time, and location.

Step 5: Day of Exam: Bring your printed CLEP Voucher and two forms of identification (one must be an official government issued ID with a photo and signature, such as a driver's license and/or passport).

CLEP Frequently Asked Questions

How long is each CLEP exam?
All online tests are 90 minutes, with the exception of College Composition, which is 120 minutes. 

Can I re-take a CLEP exam?
Yes, but you must wait 90 days between test dates.

Do I have to be an A&M-SA student to take a CLEP exam at A&M-SA?
No. A&M-SA offers CLEP testing to anyone.  Examinees have the opportunity when they order their CLEP Voucher to select the institution to which the scores should be sent.

Where can I find study materials?
CLEP offers study guides that students can purchase for a nominal fee, as well as some free study information.  Free online CLEP courses are also available through Modern States' Freshman Year for Free program.  Modern States is a nonprofit education alliance dedicated to college access for all, and its Freshman Year for Free program helps students earn up to one year of college credit without tuition or textbook expenses.

How much does it cost?
Each computer-based test costs $109 ($89 to CLEP and $20 to A&M-SA).  The CLEP registration is good for 6 months from date of purchase.  The first attempt for eligible military personnel, civilian employee, and spouse of participating Reserve Component and Coast Guard personnel is no cost.  To verify eligibility, please refer to the DANTES Eligibility Chart for additional information.    

What should I bring with me to the Testing Center?
Examinees must show two valid forms of identification, one government issued with a photo and signature.  If you are having DANTES fund your exam, you must bring your CAC ID.  The name on the ID must match the name on the registration.  Examinees also need to present their printed CLEP Voucher in order to be admitted on test day.

How will I know if A&M-SA will accept my CLEP credit?
Credit for CLEP examinations will be awarded to A&M-SA students according to the guidelines published in the University's Catalog (see articulation table below).  A&M-SA students are required to have their scores sent directly to A&M-SA, CLEP scores listed on transcripts will no longer be articulated.  Students are stronly encouraged to meet with their advisor prior to taking a CLEP test to ensure that any credit received will apply to their degree plan.

Articulation Table for Texas A&M-San Antonio

CLEP articulation table for Texas A&M-San Antonio

*Talk to your advisor to see if a CLEP exam will fit into your degree plan.