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The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students an opportunity to demonstrate prior learning and to earn credit for that knowledge. That means that high-achieving students can use the CLEP program to move past introductory-level courses and on to more advanced and challenging course work.


CLEP offers 33 exams. They cover courses in the disciplines of business, composition and literature, foreign languages, history and social sciences, and science and mathematics. Click here to see CIU's course equivalents for specific CLEP exams.

There are several advantages to the CLEP:

  • Students can overcome time and financial obstacles by taking CLEP exams. Many students view CLEP as a kind of scholarship that allows them to save time and money.                                                                         
  • Students can move to higher-level course work more quickly and make the most of the college experience.                                                                                                                                      
  • Computerized test delivery allows students to take CLEP exams on demand and provides instant scoring.                                                                                                                                                                     

Students should contact their advisor to determine if they are a good candidate for CLEP. Contact the Academic Success Center at for more information or to register for CLEP exams.


All students (including guests):

  1. Visit CLEP online at the College Board to pay your $85 testing fee ($87 as of July 1, 2018) at:
  2. Call or visit the ASC to schedule an appointment for CLEP (2nd floor Fleece Library, 803-807-5611).                                       
  3. Pay your non-refundable $25 proctoring fee to CIU.                                                                                                                          
  • For CIU students, please visit Online Payments before you arrive for your CLEP test.  The fee will be billed to your student account.
  • For non-CIU students, bring along a check or cash for payment.                                                                                                                       
  • Summer 2018 dates (2-4pm)
  • Mon May 21
  • Tues May 22
  • Mon June 11
  • Mon July 9
  • Mon Aug 6

On the day of your exam, bring along:

  • 1 form of ID (federally issued: passport, driver's license, etc.)
  • $25 non-refundable fee (if not already paid)
  • Ticket received from CLEP upon registration

Please note that if you are 15 or more minutes late or do not show up for your scheduled appointment, you will be charged an additional fee of $15.

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Which CLEP exams may I take?  The "Academics" tab at lists the CLEP tests accepted by CIU (see "Policies"). Most students attempt to CLEP out of ENG 1110  ENG 1111, Math 2310, Historical Perspectives I (HIS 1210), Historical Perspectives II (HIS 1211) and Foreign Language elective credit. 

Which exams will substitute for which classes at CIUClick here for the CIU policy on CLEP exams.

May I take more than one CLEP exam at a time? No, the scheduled time for each CLEP test allows for one exam only.

When should I take a CLEP exam? 

  • *Important: All CLEP exams must be completed within one year of a student's matriculation to CIU.

If I score well, but not well enough, may I retake an exam? Yes, but you must wait three months before retaking an exam (new policy as of Oct. 2014).

What office does CLEP testing, how often are they offered, and do they offer only certain exams at certain times? CLEP testing is administered by the Academic Success Center once a month on Mondays.  CIU offers all CLEP exams and is an open testing site for CIU and non-CIU students.

Do I have to take my CLEP exam at CIU for it to be accepted by CIU? No. When testing at another location be sure to have your scores sent to Columbia International University.

What is the cost? $85 ($87 as of 7/1/18) to CLEP (credit card only) and $25 to CIU.  

What can I do to prepare? CLEP is administered by the CollegeBoard. CollegeBoard provides aids in preparation for the CLEP. These resources are available through their website at The CLEP Official Study Guide is also available in the Academic Success Center.
Which math CLEP test should I take?  Many of our students take the College Math because it satisfies the requirements for MAT 2310, and provides three additional elective credits.

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