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Published: April 19, 2011

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

A College Entrance Examination Board program of 90-minute computer-administered tests that allows students to earn college credits and advanced placement in a wide range of subjects at 2,900 colleges. Unlike the more demanding ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM designed for academically gifted high school students, CLEP is designed to determine the appropriate course levels for adults and former students reentering college. CLEP holds monthly examinations at 1,300 test sites across the United States and overseas. General tests are offered in five broad arts areas (English composition, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities). Specific tests are offered in any of about three dozen subjects. Many of the latter are subsidiary areas of the five liberal arts (calculus, for example, in mathematics), but they also include such foreign languages as German, French and Spanish; technical subjects such as nursing, medical technology and dental auxiliary education; and various subjects in education and business.