The CLEP Program allows students to earn credit for courses by examination.

There are numerous courses for which a student can receive credit by exam. The Office of Student Assessment & Testing does not determine nor advise which test is needed for credit in a particular course. Please refer to Credit by Examination policies available online through the UTEP Undergraduate Catalog or for more information, please check with your advisor, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, or the UTEP Undergraduate Catalog to determine what credits you can earn towards your degree program through CLEP.

Candidates for the CLEP test are permitted registration into one test subject per test date, this is due to projected test duration, sometimes as long as three hours. Please refer to the current UTEP Undergraduate Catalog for the most recent Credit by Examination policies.


There are two fees associate with CLEP, these are the UTEP Test Center fee ($15) and the College Board’s CLEP exam fee ($80). These fees are processed through separate transactions. CLEP exams are free for military personnel – find out more!

UTEP Test Center Fee – Pay the $15 test fee online with a credit card. THE TEST FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.

College Board’s CLEP Exam Fee – Pay the $80 CLEP fee online with a credit card through the My Account Registration portal. This is the ONLY METHOD OF PAYMENT for the CLEP exam. Effective July 1, 2017, the CLEP exam fee will be $85. Test takers who purchase their registration tickets on or after that date will be charged the new fee. Registration tickets purchased prior to that date will still be valid until their stated expiration dates.

Note: Effective January 2014, College Board policy changes no longer permit onsite payment of the College Board CLEP test fee.

After registering for an exam, the student is to print out the registration ticket and contact the Office of Student Assessment and Testing at (915) 747-5009 to schedule the date and time they wish to take the test.

The registration ticket will include a Ticket ID (used with iBT) and a Voucher ID (used with eCBT) to be used for check-in at the test site. The registration ticket will also serve as proof of payment to be presented at the test center. For more information regarding CLEP Services dial 1-800-257-9558 or send an email to


Upon payment of the UTEP Test Center fee, the candidate will receive a reference number that is needed when selecting a test date and time. The candidate is asked to refer to the confirmation email and locate the reference number. Login to the UTEP Test Registration site using UTEP credentials. Click on "Test Registration" to select the test and test date for your exam, then click "Register". Enter the reference number received in the confirmation email to reserve a seat.

Present Identification

Candidates are required to present an official identification card on the day of the test. A driver’s license, passport or other government-issued identification that includes a photograph and signature. Candidates will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to the testing area. The last name on the candidate’s ID must match the name on their registration ticket. The ID presented at the test site must meet the following criteria:

Examples of other types of acceptable ID include:


Test Schedule

The Office of Student Assessment and Testing offers the Computer Information Systems Placement Test on a weekly basis with the exception of holiday periods. To view available test dates follow this link to the Testing Calendar.


The unofficial CLEP test score report is provided upon completing the CLEP exam. Print outs are available at the Office of Student Assessment and Testing front desk. Official score reports are sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by mail within three weeks.

Test Length

Most tests are 90 minutes long. Exams with essay sections have an additional 90 minutes.


As of Oct. 17, 2014, the CLEP retest policy will be changed to allow test-takers to retest three months after the last exam administration, as opposed to six months. Please note that this policy is in effect only for students who test on Oct. 17 or after. Retakes are not permitted for students who have taken the course for which credit by exam is sought.

Test Preparation

The following resources may assist the candidate in preparing for the CLEP exam:


Liberal Arts students cannot take the CLEP test to fulfill Spanish language credits.

Students cannot take the test if they have taken the course for which credit by exam is sought.

UTEP Codes: ACT: 4223; AP, CLEP, SAT, TOEFL: 6829; THEA: 357; DSST: 8021;