College Level Examination Programs (CLEP)

CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program®) offers 33 exams that cover intro-level college course material. With a passing score on one CLEP exam, you could earn three or more college credits at more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities.

CLEP was created to help individuals with prior knowledge in a college course subject earn their degree efficiently and inexpensively. That prior learning could have taken place through advanced high school courses, independent reading and study, online courseware or textbooks, noncredit courses, or on-the-job training.

Anyone interested in earning college credit can take a CLEP exam.

Each institution sets its own policy regarding the acceptance of CLEP examinations and the amount of credits they award. Review the CLEP Equivalencies link for up-to-date information: The COLLEGE BOARD AP/CLEP EQUIVALENCY SEARCH

If you desire to transfer CLEP credit to another institution, then it is strongly suggested you check with that institution regarding their CLEP acceptance policy prior to taking the exam. (*NOTE: If you are seeking the Michigan Transfer Agreement / MTA credential, CLEP credits are not eligible)

CLEP exams at GRCC are offered on an appointment basis three times a week, Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Due to space limits and time requirements, an individual taking a CLEP exam will be limited to one (1) exam per visit unless prior arrangements have been made.

Effective July 1, 2019, the CLEP exam fee is $89.

The total cost to take a CLEP exam at GRCC is $109

($89 CLEP exam fee (per exam) + $20 GRCC test administration fee (per exam)


Register and pay for your exam on the CLEP website,
Choose GRCC as your testing site during registration.

After you complete the online registration process, print your CLEP exam registration ticket.

Send your CLEP exam registration ticket and $20 GRCC test administration fee (payable to GRCC by check or money order) to:

GRCC: Attn: Assessment Center Room 325 SCC
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Your CLEP exam registration ticket along with the $20 GRCC test administration fee must be received by 7:30 p.m. on the Monday of the week you want to test. Registration deadlines are enforced unless prior arrangements have been made. The $20 GRCC test administration fee applies to each exam you take and is nonrefundable. If you reschedule your exam appointment, you will have to pay an additional $20 GRCC test administration fee for each test you reschedule.

For questions related to the CLEP exam refund policies and CLEP exam registration ticket expiration information, please refer to the CLEP website, 


CLEP exams are offered each week at GRCC and exam appointments can be made for the following times:

  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m.

Due to space limits and time requirements, an individual taking a CLEP exam will be limited to one (1) exam per visit unless prior arrangements have been made.

Please refer to GRCC's Academic Calendar for any holiday closings.

Test Requirements

A minimum exam score of 50 is required for credit to be awarded at Grand Rapids Community College. Check with the institution you are attending for your CLEP passing score requirements.

Exams typically take 90–120 minutes to complete depending on the subject and are administered on the computer. Students receive their CLEP exam scores immediately after completing the exam. The only exception is the College Composition, which is two hours long and takes approximately one month to receive a score through the mail.

If your school requires you to take the College Composition Modular, they must score the optional essay portion. GRCC will not score any essay exams.

Allow three weeks for CLEP scores to reach your institution.

Visit the CLEP website for test information or study guides.

If you need to reschedule an exam date or for any further questions, please call (616) 234-3413 to speak with a testing proctor.