CLEP Exams

CLEP is your opportunity to test out of courses and earn your credits in less time for less money.


What is CLEP?

CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program) offers exams in a wide variety of different subjects to assess how much you already know about them, giving you a chance to earn college credits for the subjects you already excel in. By passing a CLEP exam, you have the opportunity to showcase your knowledge in a particular subject and potentially earn college credits without the need to take a corresponding college course. We understand that your time and financial resources are precious, which is why CLEP can be a real game-changer for you. You can save both time and money by fulfilling certain course requirements through successful CLEP exams.

How do I use it?

If you would like to take your CLEP exam for free, we highly recommend that you take advantage of Modern States. Modern States is a non-profit organization that provides free online courses to help students prepare for CLEP exams. Whenever you finish a Modern States course, they give you a free voucher that covers the cost of your CLEP exam. To obtain a CLEP exam voucher from Modern States, you can follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Modern States website at
  2. Create an account on the Modern States website if you don't have one already.
  3. Browse through the available courses and select the one you want to study for the corresponding CLEP exam.
  4. Enroll in the chosen course and complete the required coursework, including watching videos, reading materials, and taking quizzes.
  5. After completing the course, you will need to request a voucher. To do this, go to the Modern States website and log in to your account.
  6. Look for the option to request a voucher or check for any notifications related to voucher availability.
  7. Follow the provided instructions to request your voucher. You may need to provide some information such as your name, email address, and the CLEP exam you plan to take.
  8. Once your voucher request is approved, Modern States will provide you with a voucher code or further instructions on how to redeem the voucher.
  9. Use the voucher code or follow the provided instructions to schedule and pay for your CLEP exam. The voucher will cover the cost of the exam fee.

When registering for a CLEP exam, we recommend that you choose “remote proctoring” rather than a testing center. (Taking a CLEP exam at an official testing center requires leaving campus. CIU is not a CLEP testing center.) To sign up for a CLEP exam using remote proctoring, you'll need to follow these steps:

  1. Visit the College Board website: Go to the official College Board website at
  2. Create an account or log in: If you don't have an account, you'll need to create one. If you already have an account, log in using your credentials.
  3. Locate the CLEP section: Once you're logged in, navigate to the CLEP section. Look for the option related to taking the CLEP exam with remote proctoring.
  4. Choose your exam: Select the specific CLEP exam you want to take from the available options. Make sure it is offered with remote proctoring.
  5. Check system requirements: Make sure your computer meets the technical requirements for remote proctoring. Ensure you have a stable internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone. 
  6. Schedule your exam: Select a date and time for your CLEP exam. Check the available time slots and choose the one that works best for you.
  7. Make payment: Pay the exam fee using a credit or debit card. The cost of the CLEP exam will be displayed during the registration process.
  8. Receive confirmation: After completing the registration and payment, you should receive a confirmation email with important details regarding your remote proctored CLEP exam.