FAQs: CLEP and AP Exams

CLEP and AP exams, administered by the College Board, not only earn college credit, they also validate your high school transcript and demonstrate your ability to complete college-level work. A passing score on these exams can boost applications in the college admissions and scholarship selection process.

Therefore, Dr. Shormann's general recommendation is that all students complete our CLEP/AP Prep Course and take the corresponding CLEP or AP exam after completing each high school course listed below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What are CLEP Exams?
CLEP and AP exams are administered by the College Board and accepted by over 2900 colleges and universities nationwide, allow students to earn college credit by passing an exam instead of taking the college course.

What are AP Exams?
Advanced Placement (AP) exams are alos administered by the College Board and accepted by over 2900 colleges and universities nationwide, allow students to earn college credit by passing an exam instead of taking the college course.

What is the difference between CLEP and AP exams?
CLEP exams are 90-minute computed based, multiple choice exams. AP exams have a 90-minute multiple choice section and a 90-minute free response (handwritten) section. Because they are more rogorous, AP exams are more widely accepted than CLEP exam.

When and where can I take CLEP and AP exams?
AP exams are administered once a year, in early May at your local high school. Contact the College Board in November to find a school near you and register with that school. CLEP exams can be taken anytime at your local community college or university testing center.

Which exams will my college accept?
Most colleges post the CLEP and AP exams they accept on their website. However, since most students don't know which college they will attend until their senior year, we recommend taking the CLEP or AP exam after completing each corresponding high school course. Good scores on these exams validate your transcript and make your college admissions and scholarship applications more competitive. Learn more about CLEP and AP exams here.