CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

Shorten Your Path to a College Degree with CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program of credit by examination that gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. Whether you are just entering college and hoping to accelerate your studies, a part-time student concerned with the fastest route to a degree or a working adult thinking about beginning or resuming college, CLEP can help you:

  • Earn credit for what you already know
  • Place out of a graduation requirement or an introductory course
  • Save tuition dollars
  • Shorten the time it takes to earn a degree

CLEP examinations are computer-based, approximately 90 minutes in length and score reports are available immediately after testing. More than five million people have used CLEP and 2,900 colleges and universities in the United States will recognize credit earned through CLEP.

Military Personnel and Veterans

To assist military personnel in meeting their educational goals, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTE'S) funds CLEP exams for eligible military service members and eligible civilian employees. To learn more visit:

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Registration Process and Scheduling Form


CLEP Registration Procedure

1) Appointments are required.  Select date from below.  Call the Testing Center at (815) 921-2385 or stop by Testing Center in person to reserve a seat.

2) A $15 test proctor fee will be due day of the exam (cash or check made payable to RVC)

3) Register for exam at

  • Click create an account
  • Browse & select your exam; add to cart
  • Pay $80 exam fee by credit or debit card
  • Print off registration ticket; bring ticket with you on exam day to RVC
  • Registration ticket is valid for six months

Prepare for Exam

  • CLEP Study Guides for some of the most popular exams are available for check out in the Testing Center for a three week period with a $20 refundable deposit (cash only).
  • CLEP Study Guides are also available for purchase at most major bookstores including Amazon.  You can also download a study guide for each individual exam for $10 each.

Exam Day

  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to exam time
  • Bring a valid government issued photo ID (driver's license, state ID, passport)
  • Bring registration ticket
  • Bring $15 cash/check proctor fee


Test Dates

Spring 2016

Friday, February 12th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17th at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, February 26th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2nd at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9th at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23rd at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, April 1st at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6th at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, April 15th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20th at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18th at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 20th 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 25th at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 27th at 9:00 a.m.