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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
- Be government-issued
- Be an original document — photocopied documents are not acceptable
- Be valid and current — expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable, no matter how recently they may have expired.
- Bear the test-taker's full name, in English language characters, exactly as it appears on the Registration Ticket, including the order of the names.
- Middle initials are optional and only need to match the first letter of the middle name when present on both the ticket and the identification.
- Bear a recent recognizable photograph that clearly matches the test-taker
- Include the test-takers signature
- Be in good condition, with clearly legible text and a clearly visible photograph
- Military test-takers, bring your military ID
- Home-school students and high school students, if you do not have the required government-issued ID, please complete a Student ID Form, which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested
Examples of other types of acceptable ID include:
- Government-issued passport with name, photograph and signature
- Driver’s license with name, photograph and signature
- State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph and signature
- Military ID with name, photograph and electronic signature
- National ID with name, photograph and signature
- Tribal ID card with name, photograph and signature
- A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship with name, photograph and signature
- A Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) with name, photograph and signature
NO OTHER FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED
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.
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.
The following resources may assist the candidate in preparing for the CLEP exam:
- Find your Official CLEP Study Guide at the CLEP – College Board Store. The CLEP Official Study Guide includes CLEP Sampler and is the only guide for the new computer-based CLEP. Also find exam descriptions and download a free CLEP Sampler, free test brochures, and purchase study guides.
- CLEP Study Guides are also available at the UTEP Bookstore and other book retailers.
- Various publishers such as Kaplan, Barron's, Peterson's and Princeton Review also publish CLEP Study Guides. These guides are available at various bookstores.
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.