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.

How to Register for the CLEP Exam

 There are two steps to register for a CLEP exam:


 Step 1
$30.00 University Fee*

 Step 2
$93.00 CLEP Fee*
(effective July 1, 2024 the fee will increase to $95.00)

*$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 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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.


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.

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

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)
  • German Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2) 


  • Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing


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

What to Bring on Test Day

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 exam because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 1990 including the amendments of 2008, you must:

  • Register with the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), submit documentation of your disability, and meet with the director of the ARC at least 1 week before your test date.
  • To register with the ARC or review disability documentation guidelines: Accessibility Resource Center (
  • For more information about disability-related testing accommodations, please contact the ARC at or 409-880-8347
  • For non-students who are interested in testing with Lamar University, please contact the ARC at or 409-880-8347 for guidance on the process. 

The Center for Career and Professional Development 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 Accessibility Resource Center.

Additional CLEP Information

Contact Us

Department Address
Lamar University
4400 S. MLK Jr. Parkway
Galloway Business Building, Suite 102
Beaumont, Texas 77705

Testing Location
Hayes Biology Building, Suite 101

Phone: (409) 880-8878
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Testing Lab Hours

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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