Gain Credit Through CLEP
Students who wish to gain credit for courses through testing can take the CLEP (or College Level Examination Program) Exam. The CLEP Exam tests your skills on the coursework for which you would like to gain credit and is computer-based. The Resource & Testing Center has CLEP Study Guides available to students for use on-site. You can also find study materials on the official CLEP website.
University Center is an Open CLEP Testing Center, and can administer CLEP exams to any student, including students who attend out-of-state schools. The fees to take a CLEP test incude a $15 registration fee (payable to USD) and a $80 CLEP fee (payable to CLEP).
Students MUST register and pay the $80.00 fee for the exam with Collegeboard before taking the exam. Firstly, students must log-in to the CLEP Portal and create a free account if they don't already have one (See Getting Started for more information).
Once a student registers an exam and pays the required $80, a Confirmation Document is created by Collegeboard and must be printed out and brought along on test day; additionally, students must bring two forms of ID (One government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, tribal ID, Cert. of Citizenship) AND one that contains a photo OR signature (another government issued ID, student ID, Soc Security card are acceptable).
During the Fall and Spring semesters, CLEP Tests are administered at University Center Monday through Friday prior to 2:30 pm. All CLEP exams are 90 minutes long with the exception of the "College Composition" (Composition with Essay) exam which is 2 hours.
NOTE: If planning on taking a CLEP test in the Summer (May - August), plan on any non-holiday Thursday prior or no later than 1pm.
If you have questions about how a CLEP exam may/may not apply toward degree requirements, please speak with your assigned academic/faculty advisor.
Some majors/programs DO NOT allow CLEP testing for certain classes/requirements. See your academic/faculty advisor before planning/scheduling an exam as this type of information varies. View the SDBOR Required Scores by Institution.
Posted: June 8, 2015
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