Rock Valley College

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:

More about CLEP

  • Instructor CLEP Testimonial

Registration and Scheduling


CLEP Registration Procedure

1) Appointments are required.  Select date from below.  E-Mail the Testing Center at

2) A $20 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 $89 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

**NOTE: If you have a documented disability, contact (815) 921-2385 to discuss testing accommodations with Testing Center staff prior to scheduling your CLEP exam. 

4) You will receive an e-mail confirming your appointment. It will include instructions on how to maintain safety during Covid-19. 


Prepare for Exam

  • The Modern States Education Alliance offers tuition-free online CLEP courses. The courses are taught by professors from leading institutions, have no prerequisites or restrictions for enrolling and cover all CLEP exam subjects. The courses are free to all users and also include free textbooks and course materials.
  • CLEP offers an Official Study Guide App called ExamIam, which is available for most of the CLEP exams. The cost is $14.99 per subject.
  • 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.
  • CLEP At-A-Glance Sheets are available for each exam. Each provide a Description of the Exam, outline the Knowledge and Skills required, and include Some Sample Test Questions and Study Resources.

Note: If you have taken a foreign language in high school within the past three years, yet don't feel prepared to take a CLEP exam, visit the RVC Catalog to help determine which level of foreign language study is appropriate for you.


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 $20 cash/check proctor fee
  • Bring a face mask or one will be provided 

Test Dates

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Noon
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Noon

Please watch for additional dates to be added.

Be Advised: 
Dates and times are subject to change based on the directives of the Governor and the Winnebago County Health Department.