CLEP Testing

The Testing Center administers CLEP exams for Bucks students as well as the general public. Testing takes place at our Newtown Campus Testing Center only in the Rollins Center, Room 100.

You must bring two forms of identification.  The primary form must be a current government issued ID (e.g., a driver's license, non-driver's State ID card, or passport) The secondary ID must have either a photo OR a signature.  

Preparing for a CLEP Examination

Even when you feel confident of your knowledge of the material, be sure to prepare for the exam. The CLEP Official Study Guide is available at all three campuses in the Library and the Bookstore. The College Board, publisher of the CLEP exams, provides detailed exam information with some sample tests on their website where individual study guides are also available for purchase.

Bucks Students

While the Testing Center at Bucks administers all CLEP exams, only the exams listed here may be taken to challenge the associated Bucks course. Scores at or above the minimum will lead to equivalent credit for the associated Bucks course, but no letter grade will be awarded. Students who do not achieve the minimum score desired must wait at least six months to repeat the examination. Credit awarded from a CLEP exam will not replace a course grade that is on your Bucks transcript.

Students will need to work with two areas of the College for the process of challenging a Bucks course by standardized exam:

1) CLEP Exam Registration

IMPORTANT:

YOU MUST REGISTER AND PAY ONCE THROUGH CLEP ($80.00) AND ONCE THROUGH BUCKS ($25.00 ADMIN FEE) FOR EACH CLEP EXAM  

 

The fees for this exam are non-transferable/non-refundable. Students that reschedule an appointment will be required to pay the $25 administrative fee again.

PAYING FOR THE CLEP EXAM DOES NOT CONFIRM ANY APPOINTMENT FOR YOU. YOU MUST THEN SCHEDULE THE EXAM AND PAY THE TESTING CENTER'S $25.00 ADMINISTRATIVE FEE BY CLICKING THE LINK "SCHEDULE YOUR CLEP EXAM NOW"

 

 Select and pay for your CLEP exam through CLEP's new online registration process by clicking on the following link.

 Please remember to also schedule and pay the Testing Center's $25.00 administrative fee.

CLEP EXAM NEW ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT 

 

Candidates should still continue to schedule and pay the Testing Center's $25.00 administrative fee by clicking on the link below:

SCHEDULE YOUR CLEP EXAM NOW 

 

Please remember to bring the following on your testing day:

  • CLEP  EXAM REGISTRATION TICKET

    You must print this ticket after you register and pay through CLEP. You WILL NOT be able to test without your registration ticket. 

  • PAYPAL RECEIPT FROM TEST ADMINISTRATION FEE PAID  

  • PRIMARY AND SECONDARY IDENTIFICATION

 

1. The PRIMARY ID must be a current government-issued photo-ID. The ID must include your name, signature, and recognizable photograph. Acceptable forms of primary identificaton include:

  •     Current passport with name, photograph, and signature
  •     Valid driver's license with name, photograph, and signature
  •     State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph, and signature 
  •     Military ID
  •     National ID with name, photograph, and signature.
  •     A tribal ID card
  •     A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship    

2. The SECONDARY ID must contain either a photo or signature. Acceptable forms of secondary identification include:

     A current student ID

    A military ID (Common Access Card)

    An unused ID from the primary choices above

The secondary ID cannot be a social security card, birth certificate, credit or debit card.

*You will not be able to proceed without your CLEP Registration Ticket and two valid forms of ID*

Please remember to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your exam.

2) The Office of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Complete the top portion and Section 1 of the PLA Application, also available online, read and sign the back and return it to Student Services.

When you take the CLEP exam you will be prompted to enter the school you wish your exam transcripts sent to. You will see your score on the screen when you finish and the transcripts will be sent to Bucks about two weeks later. The only exception is for the exam that involves writing an essay; that exam takes four weeks to score and that score will not be immediately available for viewing after the exam. See page 10 of the CLEP Candidate Information Guide for more detailed information about scoring.

When the Office of Prior Learning Assessment is in receipt of both your PLA Application and CLEP transcript showing a score at or above the cut-off a proposal for you to receive equivalent credit for the Bucks course you are challenging is processed. When that Equivalent Credit Award is fully signed and approved it is sent to Records for transcribing and a follow up email is sent to the student. There will be no grade(s) associated with the course(s) and the code “CL” will be indicated where the grade would be.

Credit based upon examination may not be transferable. However, most colleges and universities will have a similar process for awarding equivalent credit based upon CLEP results. You can request that the College Board (the test publisher) submit official CLEP transcripts to your transfer institution and work directly with the transfer institution to request that they consider them for credit.

Bucks students should familiarize themselves with Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Bucks to ensure that they meet and follow the eligibility guidelines and do not miss any potential opportunities to pursue equivalent credit.

General Public

Please register, schedule and pay the Testing Center's $25.00 administrative fee by clicking on the link below:

SCHEDULE YOUR CLEP EXAM NOW

All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

When you take the CLEP exam you will be prompted to enter the school you wish your exam transcripts sent to. With the exception of the exam that involves writing an essay, you will see your score on the screen when you finish.

 

Courses Open to Challenge by CLEP Exam

Department of Business Studies

Penn 401 · (215) 968-8227

Bucks Course

CLEP Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

ACCT105

Financial Accounting

50

4

MGMT130

Introductory Business Law

50

3

MGMT230

Principles of Management

50

3

MKTG100

Principles of Marketing

50

3

 

Department of Language and Literature

Penn 105 · (215) 968-8150

Bucks Course

CLEP Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

COMP110

College Composition

50

3

FREN110/111

French Language, Level I

50

6

FREN201/202

French Language, Level 2

59

6 (plus 6 for FREN110/111)

GRMN110/111

German Language, Level I

50

6

GRMN201/202

German Language, Level 2

60

6 (plus 6 for GRMN110/111)

SPAN110/111

Spanish Language, Level I

50

6

SPAN 201/202

Spanish Language, Level 2

63

6 (plus 6 for SPAN 110/111)

LITR231

American Literature

50

3

LITR232

American Literature

65

3 (plus 3 for LITR231)

LITR205

English Literature

50

3

LITR206

English Literature

65

3 (plus 3 for LITR206)

COMP111

 

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

NOTE: Only open to Nursing students in lieu of transferring in a successfully completed comparable  Composition II course from a regionally accredited college or university.

50

3

 

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Founders 113A · (215) 968-8305

Bucks Course

CLEP Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

CISC110

Information Systems and Computer Applications

50

4

MATH101

College Mathematics

50

3

MATH120

College Algebra

50

4

MATH125

Precalculus

50

4

MATH140

Calculus

50

4

MATH141

Calculus

65

4 (plus 4 for MATH140)

 

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Penn 301 · (215) 968-8270

Bucks Course

CLEP Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

ECON111

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

3

ECON112

Principles of Microeconomics

50

3

HIST111

Western Civilization I:

Ancient Near East to 1648

50

3

HIST112

Western Civilization II:

1648 to the Present

50

3

HIST151

History of the United States I:

Early Colonization to 1877

50

3

HIST152

History of the United States II:

1865 to the Present

50

3

POLI111

American Government

50

3

PSYC110

Introductory Psychology

50

3

PSYC180

Human Growth and Development

50

3

PSYC190

Introduction to Educational Psychology

50

3

SOCI110

Introductory Sociology

50

3