The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit by examination program in the country. Each 90-minute examination allows you to demonstrate your knowledge in a wide range of subjects. You are recognized and rewarded for what you know, no matter how or where you learned it–in school, on the job, or through your own reading, observation and independent study. CLEP can help you get the college credits you need in order to reach your career and educational goals more quickly.  Moraine Valley is an open test site and offers all 33 CLEP exams to both students and the community at large.

Find out your school’s CLEP policy. Each institution sets its own policy. Moraine Valley students should check with an Academic Advisor (S201) to see if CLEP fits into their educational plan. If you are thinking about taking a CLEP exam, please read through the information below.

Taking a CLEP exam at Moraine Valley

CLEP fee: $90 per exam
Moraine Valley administration fee: $28.50 per exam (nonrefundable)

  • Register and pay $90 exam fee at the CLEP website. Click on Register for CLEP Exams, choose and pay for an exam, and create an Account.
  • Print CLEP Exam Registration Ticket. The ticket must be presented on test day. CLEP registration is valid for six months and the expiration date is printed on your ticket.
  • Schedule your exam at the Moraine Valley Test Center. CLEP exams must be scheduled in advance through the Testing Center. CLEP tests are offered throughout the year. The Moraine Valley administration fee is $28.50 per exam. Walk-in times are not available and testing is not offered during Final Exam week each semester.
  • On test day arrive in Testing Center, Building G Room 231, at least 15 minutes before your scheduled exam with the following items: CLEP registration ticket and a valid government issued photo ID with a signature. 

If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, please request accommodations. For details, contact Academic Outreach before you register at (708) 974-5710 or stop by the L244 office.

Optional Essays are available for a number of CLEP exams. Some schools require an optional essay to be taken in additional to the multiple choice exam. Please check with your school to see if an optional essay is required. For more details, please contact Academic Outreach before you register at (708) 974-5710 or stop by the L244 office.

Military Personnel and Veterans
Moraine Valley is a DANTES fully funded test site.  CLEP exams are funded by the U.S. government through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) for eligible military personnel.  Eligible military members taking an exam for the first time will have their exam fee and test center administrative fee waived.  Please review the DANTES Eligibility Chart.  Please note: Exams will be funded once per exam title. Veterans can visit the CLEP College Board website to see if they are eligible for reimbursement of exam and administration fees and for more information

CLEP offers 33 different exams in various disciplines. Visit the CLEP Exam Descriptions Web page to learn more about each exam.

CLEP Study Materials

The CLEP Official Study Guide describes each CLEP exam and provides sample test questions. It also provides information for additional study resources and is available for checkout at the Moraine Valley Library with a student ID. Check local libraries as well.

Visit CLEP’s Practice  page for more free CLEP exam preparation resources.

Score Reports and Transfer Evaluation Request
After you have completed your CLEP exam you will receive an unofficial CLEP score report. Please keep it for your records. If you selected Moraine Valley as your designated recipient, the Records Office will receive an official score transcript from CLEP about two weeks after you take the exam. The Records Office will evaluate the scores and apply the credit(s) as applicable.

College Composition and College Composition Modular Exam Scores
Scores for “College Composition” and “College Composition Modular” will be mailed about two weeks after the exam date. To see a schedule of Scoring Dates and Score Report Mailing Dates, please go to the CLEP Score and Transcripts Web page.

Retaking an Exam
Candidates may not repeat a CLEP exam of the same title within three months. Scores of exams repeated earlier than three months will be canceled and test fees forfeited.

Do I have to be a currently enrolled student?
Yes. To have CLEP scores posted to your transcript you must be currently enrolled and taking classes in the semester you are taking a CLEP exam and/or registered for the following semester at Moraine Valley Community College.

Can I take a CLEP exam for a class I have previously attempted?
A CLEP exam cannot be used to complete a grade of “I” or “W” or to repeat a course for a higher grade.

How many CLEP exams can I take?
Please be aware that students can acquire no more than 30 credit hours of CLEP to be used as equivalencies for MVCC coursework.

Posting Credit to MVCC Transcript

CLEP scores are entered on a Moraine Valley transcript only at the student’s request. To do this, complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form in MVConnect.

How will CLEP scores transfer?

If you are a transfer student, please check with your particular college or university on passing score requirements and whether CLEP credit is accepted. Passing scores for each exam are determined by each college. Check with the registrar of your transfer school to verify CLEP acceptance and passing scores.

CLEP Exams and Moraine Valley Course Equivalents

CLEP Exam TitleExaminations EquivalentPassing ScoreCredit
Business Law, IntroductoryBUS-136503
Marketing, Principles ofBUS-130503
Management, Principles ofBUS-231503
Macroeconomics, Principles ofECO-101503
Microeconomics, Principles ofECO-102503
Composition and Literature
American LiteratureLIT-213, LIT-214506
English LiteratureLIT-221, LIT-222506
College CompositionCOM-101503
Foreign Languages
French LanguageFRE-101504
French LanguageFRE-101, FRE-102598
German LanguageGER-101, GER-102508
Spanish LanguageSPA-101504
Spanish LanguageSPA-101, SPA-102638
History and Social Sciences
American GovernmentPSC-110503
Educational PsychologyPSY-215503
History of U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877HIS-201503
History of U.S. II: 1865 to the PresentHIS-202503
Human Growth and DevelopmentPSY-105503
Social Sciences and HistorySSC-101 and SSC-102506
Sociology, IntroductorySOC-101503
Psychology, IntroductoryPSY-101503
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648HIS-101503
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the presentHIS-102503
HumanitiesHUM-101, HUM-102506
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics, CollegeMTH-120503

Contact CLEP Services at (800) 257-9558 or online.

If you have any questions about Moraine Valley's CLEP Policy, the Registration Process, etc., please contact Academic Outreach at (708) 974-5710, stop by the L244 office or send us your question using the form below.