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. See "CLEP FAQ" heading below to find a link to see CIU's course equivalents for specific CLEP exams.
A maximum of 30 credits of standardized test credit (including CLEP) may be earned toward a bachelor’s degree.

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.

Click here for the official CLEP test takers bulletin.


COVID-19 Response for CLEP:

For any CIU student who planned to take a CLEP exam the SP20 semester, Registrar has approved a CLEP deadline extension. Students now have 18 months from matriculation (your first day at CIU) to take their CLEP exam.

This gives students who started in FA19 until February 24, 2021 to take their exams. This gives students who started in SP20 until June 12, 2021 to take their exams. Please email us if you have any questions.


Current Testing Schedule:

Summer 2021 CLEP Dates

May 11 & 26

June 8 & 23

July 6 & 21

All exams are set for 1:30pm. (If for some reason this time does not work, please let us know, so we can work with you.) Please call or email our office to ask for a date that works for you. There is always a chance of being placed on a Wait List depending on availability.



All students (including guests):

  1. Visit CLEP online at the College Board to pay your testing fee ($89 as of July 1, 2019) at:
  2. Guests: Call or visit the ASC to schedule an appointment for CLEP (2nd floor Fleece Library, 803-807-5611).
  3. CIU students should use the Test Proctoring form found at under Academic Success Center. Indicate in the fillable box "CLEP."                             
  4. All: 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 (made out to "Columbia International University") or cash for payment.                                                                                                      


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 1110, HIS 1110 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.

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 throughout the school year and summers.  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? $89 as of 7/1/19 to CLEP (credit card only) and $25 to CIU.  

What can I do to prepare? CollegeBoard provides aids in preparation for the CLEP available through their website at The CLEP Official Study Guide is also available in the Academic Success Center.
Are there free preparation courses online? Yes! Click here for the free Modern States prep course.
Which math CLEP test should I take?  Many of our students take the College Math because it satisfies the requirements for MAT 1110, and provides three additional elective credits.