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College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Board is a non-profit membership association founded in 1900. The association is composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

The 1960's brought a heightened interest in educational opportunities for people who had not attended college or finished their formal schooling. In response, the Carnegie Corporation, in partnership with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), established a committee charged with the responsibility of implementing a standardized national credit-by-examination testing program. In 1965 the College Board assumed responsibility and oversight for what would become known as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and soon thereafter sought and received the endorsement of the American Council on Education (ACE). 1967 marked the establishment of 50 test centers through the United States and the first national administration of CLEP exams. The CLEP program was established in 1967.

CLEP has also served active duty service members through a Department of Defense contract since 1974. Recently, Montgomery GI Bill funding was extended to cover the cost of CLEP exams for military veterans, which allow veterans to focus on needed degree coursework as they transition from military to civilian life.

Today, the CLEP program offers 33 examinations in introductory, college-level subjects. CLEP credit is accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and examinations are administered via computer at more than 1,700 college test centers throughout the United States and overseas. A complete list of CLEP test centers is available on the Web at Examinations are also administered at military test centers and via computer stateside and overseas through an agreement with the Department of Defense.

Over the years, the CLEP examinations have been adapted to adjust to changes in curricula and pedagogy. As academic disciplines evolve, college faculty incorporate new methods and theory into their courses. CLEP examinations are revised to reflect those changes so the examinations continue to meet the needs of colleges and students. The CLEP program's most recent ACE CREDIT review was held in October 2012.

Source of Official Student Records:   CLEP Transcript Request Service, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600, Phone: (800) 257-9558, E-mail: clep@info.collegeboard. org.


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