CLEP for Free?!?!


A new, high-quality path to free college credit was launched in 2017. The goal of the program, dubbed “Freshman Year for Free,” is to make college more accessible and affordable for high school students, college students and adult learners, including active duty military personnel, their families, and veterans.


This is the first time there have been courses (see list below) taught by top quality college professors for CLEP subjects. Also, Modern States is paying the $90 test fee and scheduling fee for students who enroll in the courses and take the exams. The benefit for participating institutions is that this creates a free on-ramp to college that facilitates learning and earning credits.


Modern States Education Alliance™ offers free, high-quality online courses taught by college professors that prepare you for virtually all of the major AP and CLEP exams, which are well-established and widely-accepted. Solid performance on the exams (each participating college decides what scores you need for credit) can earn you college credits and enable you to save tuition dollars. You can take one course or many; if you do well on eight exams, you can potentially earn Freshman Year for Free™.


Sign up today by clicking here – it’s free!

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 34 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.

CLEP Summer Sale

Now through September 30, 2022, students can save 50% when they register for another CLEP® exam.*

How to get the discount:

  • Students must have taken another CLEP exam in 2022 (or do so by September 30, 2022).
  • During registration, students enter code CLEPOUT22 at checkout to receive 50% off one exam.
  • Code is valid from July 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022.

Key discount details:

  • It can only be applied to the CLEP exam fee.
  • It can’t be applied to the remote proctoring fee.
  • It’s limited to one exam per test taker.

Ideas for sharing summer sale with students:

* The CLEPOUT22 promotional discount is only available to individual test takers who took a CLEP exam between January 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022. The promotional discount is limited to one CLEP exam per CLEP test taker. The discount can be applied only to the CLEP exam fee between July 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022. The discount can’t be used on CLEP remote proctoring fees or on CLEP exams with active registration tickets purchased prior to July 1, 2022. The CLEPOUT22 promotional discount is nontransferable, not for resale, and not redeemable for cash. The promotional discount code expires at 11:59 p.m. ET on September 30, 2022.

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 $30 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.

At-Home CLEP Exam

We’re excited to announce that at-home CLEP exams with remote proctoring are now available. Remote proctoring allows students to take an exam online while a
human proctor monitors them via video.

At-home exams will be administered by Proctortack, CLEP’s remote proctoring partner that specializes in verifying the identity of online test-takers while detecting and deterring academic misconduct. Proctortrack will serve as the sole provider of remote-proctored CLEP exams to ensure consistency in registration, scheduling, and administration in a secure online environment.

At-Home CLEP Exam Requirements


To be eligible for remote proctoring, students must be:

13 years old or older and located in the U.S.

*Please note DANTES-funded candidates can register now for
remote-proctored exams but won’t be able to schedule their at-home exam
appointment until mid-May. If a DANTES-funded test taker needs to take their
exam before mid-May, we recommend they schedule their exam with a CLEP test

Equipment and Environment

Students must have a PC computer or laptop (no Macs), an internal/external speaker and microphone, a camera, and, if taking notes during the exam, a white board with a dry erase marker or one transparent sheet protector with a dry erase marker. They must also be alone in a private room.

View the detailed list of requirements.

How to Sign Up

Students can take any of the 34 CLEP exams at home. At-home exams will contain the same questions, format, and timing as exams taken at a CLEP test center.

To register, students must log in to the CLEP My Account Registration Portal and
follow the steps to sign up for a CLEP exam. When they reach the Preferred Test
Center section, students can select at home with remote proctoring as their preferred test center and will be charged a $30 remote proctoring fee at checkout along with the $89 exam fee.

If students need accommodations for their at-home exam, they must first receive
approval from College Board to complete their registration. To submit a request,
students must complete this form.

After registration is complete, the student will receive a confirmation email from
CLEP with instructions on how to create an account and schedule their at-home
exam appointment with Proctortrack.

To learn more, visit the At-Home CLEP Exams page.

If you have any questions, please contact us at with “At-Home CLEP Exams” in the subject line.


Current Testing Schedule:

Summer 2022 CLEP Dates

Aug 22

Aug 29

Sep 12

Sep 27

Oct 11

Oct 26

Nov 7

Nov 22

All exams are set for 1:30 pm. (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.


CIU Students:

  • Visit CLEP online at the College Board to pay your testing fee ($89 as of July 1, 2019) at:
  • CIU students should contact the Academic Success Center to schedule their exam date.
  • Pay your non-refundable $30 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.                                                                                                      

On the day of your exam, bring along:

  • 1 form of ID (federally issued: passport, driver's license, etc.)
  • $30 non-refundable fee by cash, money order (made out to "Columbia International University"), or apply to student account (if not already paid)
  • Registration Ticket received from CLEP

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.