College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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What is CLEP?

CLEP subject examinations are administered on the computer as a 90-minute exam, and therefore, score reports are available upon completion of the exam. Official results are mailed from CLEP directly to you and the institution you indicate at the time of the test. CLEP essays are scored by the institution that will be granting credit. All essay tests that are for McNeese credit will be evaluated by McNeese faculty and the appropriate credit will be awarded.

How can I prepare for CLEP?

Through the Modern States’ Freshman Year for Free program, you can sign up for a free online CLEP course. Modern States is a nonprofit education alliance dedicated to college access for all, and its Freshman Year for Free program helps students earn up to one year of college credit without tuition or textbook expenses. Modern States has partnered with edX, the leading online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT, to develop more than 30 high-quality freshman college courses taught by some of the world’s leading universities and professors. Each course is aligned to a CLEP subject and includes online lectures, quizzes, tests, and other features. Textbooks and materials are also provided online, free of charge. Visit the Modern States website to sign up for a free CLEP course.

You can also visit the CLEP Practice website for sample questions, simulations, and additional information on test content.

Where can I take the CLEP?

McNeese State University is an official CLEP Test Center (College Code 6403) and offers the examinations at regularly scheduled intervals. CLEP test centers can be located at colleges and universities, independent testing organizations, military bases, and high schools. Find a test center that’s convenient for you by visiting the “Find a CLEP Test Center” website

How do I sign up for CLEP?

To take a CLEP test, students must first register through the CLEP website, then schedule an appointment with the Office of Testing Services.

To register for an exam please follow these steps

  • Go to, then click on “Register for a CLEP Exam”
  • Select your exam from the list and click “Add to Cart” 
  • You will have the option to add official study materials
    • You may either close this box or select “Add Materials and Checkout”
  • Once you have added the exam to your cart, click on “View Cart and Checkout”
  • Confirm that you have the correct exam in your cart and click “Register and Checkout”
  • You will be prompted to enter your existing CollegeBoard username and password or create a new CollegeBoard account
  • Follow the prompts to complete the registration process
    • registration is not complete until you have a CLEP Exam Registration Ticket

To schedule an exam date and time, please follow these steps

  • Click Schedule Your Exam Now
  • Select the exam and most convenient date and time
  • Fill in the prompts to register for the test, and pay the testing fee of $20.00
  • If you are unable to pay online, please contact the Testing Office to set up a testing appointment
    • You must pay the testing fee at the Cashier’s Office in Smith Hall prior to test administration
    • Receipt of payment must be shown in the Testing Office

On the day of testing, students must bring

  • CLEP Exam Registration Ticket, with Voucher ID clearly visible 
  • Valid, acceptable identification (more information on acceptable forms of identification is available on the CLEP website)
  • Proof of payment of the administration fee

You must wait 3 months before retaking the same CLEP exam.

CLEP Credit Information 

The chart below may be used as a guide and is subject to change without notice. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

College-Level Examination Programs
minimum score
American Government 50 Government 201 3
American Literature 50 English 301-302 6
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 English 203 or English 204 3
Biology 50 Biology 101-102 6
Business Law, Introductory      
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 Math 190 3
Chemistry 50 Chemistry 101-102 6
College Algebra 50 Math 113 3
College Composition Modular 50 English 101 3
College Mathematics 50 Math 105 3
English Composition      
English Composition with Essay      
English Literature 50 English 201-202 6
Financial Accounting 50 Accounting 208 3
French – Level 1 50 French 101-102 6
French – Level 2 59 French 201-202 6
German Language 50 German 101-102 6
History of U.S. I:
(Early Colonization to 1877)
50 History 201 3
History of U.S. II:
(1865 to Present)
50 History 202 3
Human Growth and Development 50 Psychology 233 3
Information Systems 50 Computer Studies 101 3
Introductory Psychology 50 Psychology 101 3
Introductory Sociology 50 Sociology 201 3
Intro to Educational Psychology 50 Psychology 211 3
Natural Sciences      
Precalculus 50 Math 170, 175 6
Principles of Marketing      
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 Economics 204 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 Economics 203 3
Social Sciences and History      
Spanish – Level 1 50 Spanish 101-102 6
Spanish – Level 2 63 Spanish 201-202 6
Western Civilization I:
(Ancient Near East to 1648)
50 History 101 3
Western Civilization II:
(1648 to present)
50 History 102 3