CLEP Exams:

5 Simple Steps to Get a Head Start For College Credit in Your Homeschool High School

CLEP exams- "College Level Examination Program" - are evaluations of a student’s achievement of college level work.

Are you ready to homeschool high school while receiving college credit?

With CLEP study material and preparing for CLEP tests as a homeshool  high school student, your child can get a head start on college with these 5 simple steps!!


The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know.

What is CLEP?

There are 33 introductory-level college subject tests. These 90-minute exams, which cost $77 each, are administered at 1,700 test centers, and 2,900 colleges and universities.

Compared to the cost per credit hour at college, these tests are inexpensive.

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With nine children in my home AND knowing that the price of college tuition continues to skyrocket...it makes sense for my children to take CLEP exams.

Although it officially stands for "College Level Examination Program" I like the "Can Lower Education Payments" much better! :)

With money in mind...I decided these tests were a GREAT idea! :) so I have come up with 5 easy steps to getting started!

Step 1: Call Your College of Choice

Find out if your college accepts CLEP or which ones they will accept. Each college sets its own policy: It decides which subjects it will grant credit for and how many credits it will award.

So it is very important to talk to your admissions officer, academic advisor or test center administrator to learn more about your institution’s policy. Some colleges will accept it and some will not.

By simply looking online, we easily found out that the college we were looking at had a list of CLEP exams that they would accept.

Step 2: Choose a Subject to Study

Read the exam descriptions of all the subjects to find the right fit for you. Subjects covered are typical of what you'll find first- and second-year courses at most "general" colleges.

CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that you may generally take in your first two years of college.

Most tests are designed to correspond to one-semester courses, although some correspond to full-year or two-year courses.

My oldest son is currently studying CLEP History of the United States 2: 1865 to the Present w/CD-ROM so this is the first CLEP study material we will purchase. We will use these Study guides to help prepare.

Step 3: Purchase or Borrow a Reliable Study Guide

Prepare for your exams by checking out subject-specific study Guides. This is a MUST!! Look over the titles and choose what test you think would work best.

With so many choices out there...I have listed these top CLEP study materials.

Try starting by taking the tests your student is most interested. Starting with an investment in a excellent book will start saving you money for college later!

Step 4: Locate A Testing Center

Testing is administered throughout the year at over 1,700 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Once you find a conveniently located test center , contact them directly about registration and scheduling.

Step 5: Take the CLEP Exam

Each exam can be worth a 3 to 6 credit college course depending on your college choice. Every test is on the computer, the test is all multiple choice, and you only have to get 50% correct to pass.

The computer scores the exam when you finish; therefore, you know instantaneously whether you passed the course.

Using these 5 Simple steps... You can earn college credit in high school AND you save a bundle of money on college tuition :)

That is my favorite part.

Still not convinced? Read this article on the "10 Benefits of using CLEP exams for homeschoolers"

Read my step by step guide for homeschooling high school!

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