College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) through College Board is a computer-based test that provides an opportunity for students to obtain college credit courses in areas that they may have attained college level proficiency.
Students taking the CLEP test will earn equivalent college credit from the Alamo Colleges District when attaining the scores indicated and the credit is treated as equal to a grade CR in the corresponding course (but is not included in GPA calculations).
CLEP credit is not applied to the transcript until the student has successfully completed six (6) regular college credit hours at one of the Alamo Colleges. Students may not earn more than 32 total hours from any testing equivalency source. For more information on what credit is awarded, please read the catalog listing.
Students who enrolled but did not complete the course or did not earn a passing grade in the previous semester/session are eligible to retest six (6) months after the semester has ended. Students must not be currently enrolled in the class for which they are attempting to earn CLEP credit.
Credit hours earned by examination and/or awarded through non-traditional means will be posted as CR and will not be included in a student’s GPA computation; however, the semester credit hours are counted for graduation. Credit by non-traditional means may not be awarded once a grade has been earned in the same course, excluding I and W.
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CLEP testing is available every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Due to limited seating, CLEP exams are administered by appointment only.
To register for the CLEP test:
- Complete the online CLEP registration process. The $87 CLEP fee is payable to CLEP online registration is complete.
- A $20 non-refundable administrative fee will be paid to Palo Alto College via the Virtual Business Office. To pay in cash, please visit the Business Office in the Palomino Center, Room 115.
- Appointments can be made at www.registerblast.com/pac/exam. Please do not make an appointment until the $87 CLEP fee and the $20 administrative fee have been paid. Students will need to provide the ticket number and the order/receipt number to schedule the appointment.
- Students will need to present a valid state or other government ID and your admission ticket on the day of the test. Valid identification includes a state drivers license, state issued ID card, military ID, or current passport.
Please note: office hours are not exam testing hours. Call for available test times.