College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®)

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Testing Centers have partnered with the College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) to offer you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on the various CLEP examinations.

Purpose of CLEP

Students across the country, just like you, are earning credit for the knowledge they have gained outside of the conventional college/university classroom. Whether you are a new or existing student, you will find there are many advantages to taking the CLEP, including the ability to:

• Earn college credit for what you already know
• Save on tuition dollars
• Test out of introductory courses
• Reduce the amount of time needed to obtain your degree or certificate
• Increase flexibility to your academic program

Cost for Taking the CLEP

  • Cost Per Exam (Paid Online): $80.00
  • Proctoring Fee: $10.00 for RCCC students; $20.00 for all others.
  • Total Cost: $90.00 for RCCC students; $100.00 for all others.

CLEP Preparation

As you prepare for your CLEP Exams, you may want to visit http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam. On this website, you have the opportunity to purchase subject-specific study guides or the Official CLEP Study Guide which contains practice questions for all 33 exams. In addition, CLEP provides exam details and free sample questions for each exam.

Finding Out Your College’s CLEP Policy

Once you have chosen the exams you would like to take, you will need to contact your college’s admissions office to find out their CLEP policy. They will be able to provide you information on what CLEP exams they accept, as well as the number of credit hours they will award.

Rowan-Cabarrus does offer course credit for many of the CLEP exams.

CLEP Exams

CLEP offers the following exams:

Composition and Literature

American Literature
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
College Composition
College Composition Modular
English Literature

World Languages

French Language Levels 1 and 2
German Language Levels 1 and 2
Spanish Language Levels 1 and 2

History and Social Sciences

American Government
History of the United States I:  Early Colonization to 1877
History of the United States II:  1865 to the Present
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Educational Psychology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introductory Psychology
Introductory Sociology
Social Sciences and History
Western Civilization I:  Ancient Near East to 1648
Western Civilization II:  1648 to the Present

Science and Mathematics

College Algebra
College Mathematics
Natural Sciences


Financial Accounting
Information Systems
Introductory Business Law
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing

Scheduling Your CLEP Exam

You will first need to register to take your exam(s) through the My Account portal on the CLEP website.  After registering for the exam, you will need to schedule your test day with the Testing Center.  CLEP testing is by appointment only. For appointment scheduling, please contact Melissa Thompson (melissa.thompson@rccc.edu, 704-216-7130), Testing Center Specialist or Kathy Hall (kathy.hall@rccc.edu, 704-216-3468), Director of Testing Centers.

Please note that College Board has a 90 day waiting period to retake an exam.  If you repeat an exam of the same title within three months of the initial testing date, your test administration will be considered invalid, your score will be canceled, and any test fees will be forfeited.

Test Accommodations

If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request testing accommodations.  Information about requesting testing accommodations can be found in your CLEP My Account under How to Register for a CLEP Exam.  Contact CLEP Services at clep@info.collegeboard.org for more information about accommodations.