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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

University of Houston-Clear Lake is an open national testing center for the College Level Examination Program® (CLEP). CLEP is a national program of credit by examination that allows students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level knowledge for specific undergraduate courses. The test is designed to assess knowledge gained through accelerated, advanced or honors high school classes, as well as independent study.

An option to assist with test preparation and alleviate costs, is to use the test preparation materials from ModernStates. The organization provides free test preparation materials and practice tests for all CLEP exams. Upon completion of the course and practice test with a score of 75% or higher, a free voucher can be requested from ModernStates and used on the CLEP CollegeBoard website to purchase a CLEP exam. Please be advised that it may take up to 10 business days for vouchers to be processed. After passing the CLEP exam, a proctoring fee reimbursement can be requested from ModernStates as well.

College-Level Examination Program Table

Subject Exam Title Score Semester Credit Hours Course Equivalency Notes
American Government 50 3 POLS 2305 1
American Literature 50 3 LITR 2326  
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 LITR 2341  
Biology 50 8 BIOL 1306/1106 and BIOL 1307/1107 or BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1407 2,7
Calculus 50 4 MATH 2413 3
Chemistry 50 8 CHEM 1311/1111 and CHEM 1312/1112 or CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 2,7
College Mathematics 50 3 MATH 1332 3
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 1314 3
English Literature 50 3 LITR 2321  
Financial Accounting 50 3 ACCT 2301  
College Composition  50/4 3 WRIT 1301  4
50/6 6 WRIT 1301 and WRIT 1302 8
History of the United States I: Early Colonizations to 1877 50 3 HIST 1301 6
History of the United States II: 1865 to Present 50 3 HIST 1302 6
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSYC 2314  
Information Systems 50 3 ISAM 1305  
Introduction to Business Law 50 3 LEGL 2301  
Introductory to Sociology 50 3 SOCI 1301 5
Introductory to Psychology 50 3 PSYC 2301 5
Pre calculus 50 4 MATH 2412 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 2301 5
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 2302 5
Spanish 50 – 56 3 Spanish 1311  
57 – 62 6 Spanish 1311 and 1312
63 – 70 9 Spanish 1311, 1312, and 2311
71 – 80 12 Spanish 1311, 1312, 2311, and 2312
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 HIST 2321  
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 3 HIST 2322  


  1. Course partially satisfies the Government/Political Science requirement of the core curriculum.
  2. Courses may be used to meet the Life and Physical Science core curriculum requirement.
  3. Courses may be used to meet the Math core curriculum requirement.
  4. Course may be used to satisfy the Communications core curriculum requirement.
  5. Courses may be used to satisfy the Social Behavioral Science core curriculum requirement.
  6. Courses satisfy the History core curriculum requirement.
  7. Courses may be used to partially satisfy Component Area Option core curriculum requirements.
  8. The Writing Department at UHCL will no longer award credit for the CLEP exam titled "College Composition Modular" after 1/31/2023.  UHCL students who scored a minimum score of 50 on the Modular exam prior to 1/31/2023 will still be awarded 3 hours of credit for WRIT 1301.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment and pay for the CLEP?

The total cost is $116.5. CLEP requires an $93 fee for each test, which must be paid on the CLEP website prior to testing appointment. There is also a $23.5 proctoring fee paid directly to the UHCL Testing Center.  The administration fee is paid online when the testing appointment is scheduled.

To avoid paying the fees, please use the free test preparation materials from  ModernStates. Upon completion and passing the practice test with 75% or higher, a voucher may be requested from ModernStates, and used to purchase a CLEP test voucher. After passing the CLEP test, the proctoring fee can be sent for reimbursement to ModernStates as well. 

How long does it take to complete the exam?

Each CLEP® exam is 90 minutes long with a multiple choice question/answer format. English Composition is the only exam with a graded essay.

What do I need to bring for the exam?

A current, photo identification is required and the printed CLEP Voucher. If using ModernStates, please ensure you use the voucher provided by ModernStates to purchase the actual CLEP voucher, and bring it with you to the Testing Center. Redeeming the voucher may take up to  10 business days.

When do I receive the results from the exam?

This process is managed by College Board: you will receive an unofficial score report at the completion of exam with the exception of the College Composition with essay. Your official score will be sent to the you within three to four weeks. When you register for a CLEP exam in My Account, you can indicate the college, employer or certifying agency that you want to receive your CLEP test scores.  For more information please visit College Board CLEP Scores.

Where is the Testing Center located?

We are located in the UHCL Bayou Building, room 1408, behind the Art Gallery. Our address is 2700 Bay Area Boulevard  Houston, Texas 77058.

What UHCL course credit is awarded for CLEP exams?

CLEP gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 34 examinations.