The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a College Board program that allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects. The College-Level Examination Program or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. CLEP exams do not relate to a specifically designed college-level course taught in high school. Rather, CLEP exams test mastery of college-level materials acquired in a variety of ways--such as through general academic instruction, significant independent study, or extracurriculuar work.
CLEP examinations cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements in the first two years of college. A college usually grants the same amount of credit to students earning satisfactory scores on the CLEP examination as it grants to students successfully completing that course.
Many examinations are designed to correspond to one-semester courses; some, however correspond to full-year or two-year courses. Each exam is 90 minutes long, and, except for English Composition with Essay, is made up primarily of multiple-choice questions; however, some exams do have fill-ins.
In July 2005, the Minnesota legislature passed a law entitled "Get Ready, Get Credit," to encourage public high school students to earn college credit while in high school. Minnesota Statute 120B.131, recently amended, provides for reimbursement of CLEP test fees for Minnesota public and non-public high school students who have successfully completed one or more rigorous courses in high school in the same subject as each examination they wish to take. Subject areas include: business, composition and literature, foreign languages, history and social sciences, science, and mathematics. The funding is available for all high school students regardless of score.
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