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Title: CollegeLevel Examination Program Connecting Students to College Success and Opportunity Minnesota As

College-Level Examination ProgramConnecting
Students to College Success and Opportunity
Minnesota Association for Career and Technical
Administrators ConferenceOctober 4, 2007

  • Provide an overview of CLEP
  • Enhance your understanding of how CLEP serves
    colleges and students
  • Identify resources to share with students
  • Review resources for counselors, including
    MnSCUs credit-granting policy

What is CLEP?
  • 34 introductory college-level exams in
  • Foreign Languages, Science Mathematics,
    Business, English Language Literature, Social
    Sciences History
  • 40-year history of serving as alternative means
    to earn college credit servicing over 6 million
  • 2,900 colleges grant credit 1,400 colleges
    administer CLEP
  • 137K exams administered in 200607 at national
    test sites
  • 68K exams administered to military service

CLEP Structure Scoring
  • Computer-based, linear exams
  • Multiple choice, some fill-in questions
  • 90-minutes in length, plus tutorial time at
  • Rights-only scoring
  • Immediate score reports (except English
    Composition w/Essay score mailed 2-3 weeks later)
  • Scale scoring of 2080 ACE-recommended
    credit-granting score for all exams is 50
    (equivalent to a C)

How CLEP Serves Students
  • Acceleration
  • Capable students move ahead into more challenging
    and interesting advanced coursework, thereby
    attaining a degree quicker
  • Enhance Educational Opportunities
  • Students can use the credit hours saved by CLEP
    to pursue either a second major or an advanced
    degree. Additionally, the time saved could be
    used to take other advanced courses.
  • Cost Savings
  • CLEP improves affordability for underserved
    groups who find it increasingly challenging to
    meet rising college costs.

Recent Studies on CLEP
  • Based on recent studies of the CLEP program
  • CLEP students have a higher cumulative GPA than
    students who did not take CLEP
  • Students who earn credit via CLEP perform as well
    or better in subsequent courses than students who
    completed the equivalent course
  • CLEP students earn about one-half grade point
    higher than students in the equivalent course

Research Findings, cont.
  • Data show that students earning credit through
    CLEP are more likely to be retained
  • A recent study conducted at a major research
    institution indicated that CLEP students had a
    higher-than-average number of hours per semester
    than students taking the equivalent course.
  • The same study showed that CLEP students took
    additional course work in the subject for which
    they received credit-by-examination, or they took
    additional elective courses.

Important CLEP Information
  • Policy on repeating an examination - Test takers
    must wait 6 months before repeating an exam
  • Students can select one free score recipient, if
    selected at the time of the test
  • Additional transcripts -- 20
  • Transcripts on file for 20 years

Get Ready, Get Credit Guidelines
  • Legislation encourages high school students to
    earn college credit while in high school
  • Up to six CLEP exams free, regardless of score
  • Minnesota public, private, home schooled high
    school students eligible no minimum age
  • Students must be currently enrolled
  • Students may take an exam between October 1, 2007
    through June 30, 2008

Students Want to Know
  • Which CLEP exams does my college recognize for
  • What CLEP exams will move me toward my academic
  • What is the score required to receive credit for
    a CLEP exam?
  • How much credit is granted for each exam?
  • What is the course equivalent for each exam?
  • How do I register to take an exam?

Steps for Students
  • Students will
  • Receive 2007-08 CLEP Authorization Form from
    school counselor
  • Decide which exam(s) to take by discussing with
    counselor, reviewing MnSCU and UM credit-by-exam
  • Locate test center by visiting
  • Schedule appointment with test center
  • Pay test administration fee, 15-25

MN Test Centers
  • 1. Alexandria Technical College
  • 2. Bemidji State University - L
  • 3. Central Lakes College
  • 4. Crown College - L
  • 5. Hennepin Tech Brooklyn Park
  • 6. Hennepin Tech Eden Prairie
  • 7. Inver Hills Community College
  • 8. Lake Superior College
  • 9. Metropolitan State University
  • 10. MSU Mankato
  • 11. MN West Comm Tech Worthington
  • 12. North Hennepin CC
  • 13. Northwest Technical Institute
  • 14. Rochester CC
  • 15. Southwest MSU
  • 16. St. Cloud State University
  • 17. Saint Paul College
  • 18. University of MN - Crookston
  • 19. University of MN Morris
  • 20. University of MN Twin Cities

Test Center Procedures
  • Candidates must bring two forms of ID
  • Primary ID must be government- or state-issued,
    with a photo and signature
  • Secondary ID must have a photo and/or signature
    or use CLEP High School ID form (available on
    MNDOE Web site)

Registration Options
  • Students must contact a test center directly to
    register and make an exam appointment
  • Call the center, or
  • Mail or fax a form, or
  • Use the Internet
  • During registration, students must pay an
    administration fee.

Minnesota Credit-Granting Policies
  • Each institution develops its own credit-granting
  • Candidates seeking to earn college credit must
    check their institutions credit-granting
    policies prior to taking CLEP exams
  • MnSCU and University of Minnesota policies
    located on MnDOE Web site
  • http//

CLEP Preparation for Students
  • Review exam descriptions
  • Review textbooks and/or past course notes
  • Check with the college to see what materials are
    used in the equivalent course
  • Review and follow recommendations in the CLEP
    Official Study Guide
  • Answer sample questions
  • Become familiar with the computer-based format

Student Resources on the Web
  • Exam descriptions
  • List of CLEP colleges and test centers
  • Test preparation materials
  • CLEP Sampler free tutorial
  • CLEP Official Study Guide sample questions for
    all subjects, 24.95
  • CLEP Individual Study Guides only available
    online 10

Resources for Faculty and Administrators
  • Web site
  • CLEP Resource Center - For test center
    administrators, faculty, and professionals ONLY
  • User Name clepadmin2
  • Password CLEPmsa22
  • Test Information Guides

Test Information Guides
  • TIG - General CLEP overview
  • Explanation of the test development process
  • Test Development Committee information
  • Description of examination content, including the
    knowledge skills required
  • Sample exam with answers
  • Measurement overview

CLEP Publications
  • Schools can order free materials for students at
  • Minnesota brochure
  • Take One brochures
  • Advance with Spanish brochures
  • Information for Candidates bulletin
  • AP/CLEP brochure
  • Posters

MN CLEP Initiative Highlights Minnesota High
School Candidates July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007
  • CLEP exam participation in MN increased from 32
    students in 2006 to almost 500 students in 2007
  • 706 examinations administered 100 MN high
    schools represented
  • Students took an average of 1.53 exams
  • The overall pass rate (a score of 50 or higher)
    was 63
  • College Algebra, Spanish Language, English
    Composition with Essay exams were taken most

Gender, Age and Ethnicity DistributionMinnesota
High School Candidates July 1, 2006, to June
30, 2007
Ethnicity Distribution
Gender Distribution
Age Distribution
Questions? Contact
  • Criss Gilbert, Director of Testing
  • University of Minnesota
  • (612) 624-3571
  • http//
  • or
  • Contact CLEP
  • (212) 713-8219
  • http//