About the CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) is a series of examinations in 35 introductory college subjects that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they already know regardless of how that knowledge was acquired — through advanced course work, independent study, work experience, professional development, or extracurricular activities. Lamar University awards credit for successful scores on CLEP® exams.

CLEP® exams are 90 minutes long and are administered on computer. Students receive instant score reports following completion of the exam with the exception of the College Composition.

Taking A CLEP Exam 

 There are two steps to register for a CLEP exam:

Step 1
$23.50 University Fee*
Step 2
$87.00 CLEP Fee

$25.00 Essay Fee - You must pass the multiple choice sections of the Composition and Literature CLEP exams in order to qualify for the essay portion. 

For group administration please contact us at 409-880-8878.

Testing Schedule

Tuesday - Friday at 8:00 am to 2:30 pm


You will receive your unofficial score report upon completion of exam with the exception of College Composition. The official score report should be received by your school of choice within two weeks from exam date.

How many courses can I CLEP out of?

No more than 30 semester credit hours may be applied toward a bachelor's degree.

Study Material

Go to to download CLEP study guides. There is one CLEP Official Study guide available on the 2nd floor of the Mary & John Gray Library. Check out your local bookstore for the latest CLEP Official Study Guide

CLEP Essays

Lamar University requires an essay portion for the following CLEP exams:

  • American Literature
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Literature
  • English Literature
  • College Composition Modular

All examinees will have six months to complete the essay portion once they have passed the multiple choice section of the test. If examinee has not completed the essay portion within this time period, examinee will have to retake the multiple choice section of the test. All examinees must complete the essay portion at Lamar University 

Essays are graded by the Lamar University CLEP Committee. The final determination for awarding of equivalent credit is based solely upon the strength of the written essays. The Lamar University CLEP Committee will score the essays within two to four weeks and send results to the Career & Professional Development. Examinee will receive score results within three to five weeks from time of exam completion

List of Exams

  • Composition and Literature
    • American Literature
    • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
    • College Composition (Lamar University does not award credit)
    • College Composition Modular
    • English Literature
    • Humanities (Lamar University does not award credit)
  • Foreign Languages
    • French Language (Levels 1 and 2)- View Changes
    • German Language (Levels 1 and 2)
    • Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2) - View Changes
  • History and Social Sciences
    • American Government
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Introduction to Educational Psychology
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Introductory Sociology
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • Social Sciences and History (Lamar University does not award credit)
    • History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
    • History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
    • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
    • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
  • Science and Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Calculus
    • Chemistry
    • College Algebra
    • College Mathematics (Lamar University does not award credit)
    • Natural Sciences (Lamar University does not award credit)
    • Precalculus
  • Business
    • Financial Accounting
    • Introductory Business Law
    • Information Systems and Computer Applications
    • Principles of Management
    • Principles of Marketing

What to Bring on Test Day

You will need one form of ID.

Personal identification. You must show one form of valid ID to be admitted to the testing room.

Your primary ID must be government-issued and include your name, signature, and a recognizable photograph. Acceptable forms of primary ID include:

  • Current driver's license
  • State or federal ID card
  • Current passport
  • Military ID with photo and signature
  • Tribal ID
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

If you do not have a government issued ID, examinees can complete the CLEP Student ID form here 


Testing Accommodations

To request accommodations for the CLEP because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 1990 including the amendments of 2008, you must:

Make and appointment with the Director of Services for the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at least 2 weeks prior to to the test date to submit a copy of the accommodation request along with documentation of the disability to 409-880-8347 or  Please see the documentation guidelines at  The DRC Director will review the document to determine if there are appropriate testing accommodations to be assigned based on how one's testing abilities are affected as indicated in the submitted document.  The Department of Career and Testing Services and the person requesting accommodations will be notified of any assigned testing accommodations prior to the test date.  No accommodations will be granted without documentation of disability being on file with the office of DRC.


Possible testing accommodations that must be requested at least four weeks prior to the test date are:

  • Extended Time (Time and One-Half or Double Time)
  • Distraction Reduced Environment
  • Sign Language Interpreter during testing instructions for individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Reader
  • Braille
  • Auto Compact Disk
  • Accessibility Preferences: Choice of Font Size/Color
  • Paper Based version
  • Scribe
  • Large Print

In Addition, the following assistive technology software is available:

  • Read & Write Gold
  • Majic
  • JAWS
  • Natural Reader

If you need further information, please contact the Director of Services for the Disability Resource Center at 409-880-8347,, or visit the Communication Building, Room 105