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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Because a student may have knowledge gained through experience equivalent to one or more college courses, Marian University provides an opportunity to obtain credit for that knowledge through the CLEP.
 
Should a student try taking a CLEP examination? 
The program offers advantages only to those who have considerable knowledge in a particular area and who have clear educational goals. Students must choose a program and consult with their academic advisor to obtain an Advisor Permission form.
 
Who is eligible to take a CLEP examination?
Students currently enrolled at Marian University or non-Marian students who will be having their scores sent to another academic institution are eligible.
 
How is a CLEP examination scheduled?

CLEP tests can be scheduled at the following locations:
· Marian University Center for Academic Support & Excellence (CASE Office)  at 45 S. National Avenue, Room A218 Fond du Lac, WI 54935 

Contact:  CASE Office at (920) 923-8097. 

 In order to schedule a test date and time, students MUST:
· Go to www.collegeboard.org and set up a "my account".
· Purchase the exam and print off the ticket. (Note: Tickets are good for 6 months from the date of purchase).
· Complete the following forms and return them to the proctor/location:
-Marian University Registration Form
-Academic Advisor Permission Form (Marian University students only)

Is there a fee to take a CLEP examination?

►  Exam Fee: $87 per examination (Paid to The College Board when setting up your my account.) Subject to change without notice.

►  Non-refundable administrative Fee: $35 per exam The fee is collected at time of registration. Exact cash, money order or debit/credit card can be used. (Credit card transactions are charged a processing fee of 2.75%  for domestic and 4.25% for international payments).

*No exams can be scheduled during mid-term and final  exam weeks. 

What should one bring on exam day?
Please bring one photo ID to the test center. The ID must include a photo and signature, e.g. a driver's license or passport. *Student/university ID cards are not an acceptable form of ID.   
Note: Cell phones, calculators, PDAs of any kind, beepers, watches, books, and food/drink are not allowed in the testing room. 
  
How many CLEP examinations can be taken on a testing date?
A student may take two examinations on one testing date.   Marian University only accepts 30 credit hours of CLEP credit toward graduation.
 
When will Students receive their CLEP examination scores?
The student and the college/university will receive a score report directly from CLEP approximately two weeks after the test date. Marian University students will receive notification from the Office of the Registrar if credit will be awarded.  Results cannot be given over the phone.
 
Do CLEP scores count toward GPA?
CLEP credits are considered transfer credit, no letter grade  awarded. They are not counted in students' grade point average nor will they count toward graduation honors.
 
Can the CLEP examination be re-taken?
Students may not repeat an exam within 3 months of the testing date. CLEP exams repeated earlier than 3 months will be canceled and test fees will be forfeited.
 
How does one prepare for an examination?
The College Board's Website http://clep.collegeboard.org provides additional information about CLEP exams, including exam descriptions and test preparation resources. Sample questions and suggested bibliographies for all CLEP examinations are available through the CASE Office. 
 
Can CLEP credits be transferred to another school?
To transfer CLEP credits to another school, the student will  need to request an Official Score Report sent to that school from The College Board.  Different schools may have different minimum score requirements, and as a result, credit granted at one school may not be awarded at another. Also, some schools require an additional essay component to grant credit for  certain subjects. To be certain, check the given school's CLEP requirements.
  
Can a CLEP examination be taken at another institution and scores sent to Marian?

Yes, but Marian University needs to be selected as the recipient school. Only official CLEP testing scores are  accepted at Marian (copies from other institution's are not).

Does Marian have any restrictions for taking a CLEP examination?
A student may not take a CLEP examination for a course already satisfied because duplicate credit cannot be given for the same course. For example, a student who has course credit for Introduction to Sociology may not receive equivalent CLEP credit. For sequential courses in which the lower course is a prerequisite for a higher course, the credits must be earned in sequence. CLEP credits for a lower course will not be granted after credit in a higher course has been earned. For example, a student who earns credit for MAT 201 Calculus I, as a course cannot take CLEP Pre-Calculus and  get MAT 112 credit. There are restrictions for specific majors within Marian, so students should obtain their academic advisors' approval.
  
What is a passing score for Marian University?
Passing scores vary for all schools.  Please refer to the  listing in this brochure.
 Click here for list
 
 
If a student is a Military Service Member, what is the procedure to schedule an exam?
Eligible veterans could receive reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for CLEP exams and fees. Eligible veterans can claim reimbursement for CLEP exams and exam administration fees under provisions of the  Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-454), which enhances the education benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill. For more information on eligibility for the CLEP benefit and how to submit a claim, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/pamphlets/national_testing_program.pdf Military personnel must  present military ID  as their primary form of identification and a second form of government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license or a passport).
 
 
What needs to be done if a student qualifies for testing accommodations?
Qualified students with disabilities who require accommodations must make arrangements well in advance of the test date by contacting the CASE Office. 
 

Need more information?
Contact the Center for Academic Support & Excellence

(920) 923-8097