CLEP - College Level Examination Program

Earn Credit at NFC for What You Already Know!

The College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) can save students time and money, help students fulfill a graduation requirement or advance to higher-level classes.

NFC is an open test site for the CLEP exam. Credit will be awarded to students who receive a passing score and are attending NFC. Other examinations are available upon request. Credit awarded will be determined by the institution you are attending.

What is CLEP?

CLEP is a series of examinations that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they know, regardless of where they learned it. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States. Exams are available in 33 subject areas. A list of the most common CLEP exams accepted at NFC with course equivalents can be found here.

CLEP exams are 90 minutes long with the exception of College Composition, which is 120 minutes. Exams contain mainly multiple-choice questions. College Composition and a few other exams may contain other types of questions and essays. CLEP exams are administered only on computer. Students receive instant score reports following completion of the exam, except when there is an essay involved. Score reports are then mailed to test takers once the essay is reviewed, usually three weeks.

For more information on the content and format of any of the CLEP exams and for study guide information, please visit the Collegeboard.


  • Cost per CLEP exam is $87 (increasing to $89 on July 1, 2019)
  • Optional essay fee $10
  • Administration fee, attending NFC $15
  • Administration fee, other college $25