CLEP Testing

CLEP Testing Services

Mohawk Valley Community College is an open test center for CLEP.  This means that registration for this exam is open to the public as well as currently registered MVCC college students.  Individuals that are interested in CLEP are advised to review the more detailed information below.  For additional information please contact David Yahnke, Coordinator of Assessment and Testing Center, or Michael Henningsen, Coordinator of Transfer Services.


CLEP is based on the premise that some individuals enrolling in college have already learned part of what is taught there.  These programs allow individuals to demonstrate their college level learning by taking examinations that assess the knowledge and skills taught in college courses.  Prior learning could be through their job, life experiences, independent reading and studies, or non-credit courses.

There are no pre-requisites to take a CLEP exam; there is no age restriction and no degree requirement.  CLEP saves time and money because the cost to take a CLEP exam is considerably less expensive than the cost of registering for a college course.  Students save time earning credit by demonstrating their knowledge on the exam without the need to attend classes.  If a student does not pass the exam, no credit of failure will appear on any transcript.  The student can repeat the exam again in six months.

CLEP exams use a multiple choice format, although a select few include an essay component.  CLEP exams are timed for 90 minutes and use a computer based testing platform.  Our lab can accommodate eight individuals.  Since we are limited in the number of test-takers we advise you to register early.

Transferring CLEP Credit

Nearly all American colleges have policies for awarding credit through CLEP.  Students who intend to transfer should contact their transfer college of choice for information on their policy.  Mohawk Valley Community College students shouldcontact their respective center dean for their CLEP acceptance policy.