CLEP Assessment

The CLEP (College Level Examination Program) offers a wide range of college-level exams through which you may receive college credit.

If you have acquired knowledge through experience or prior academic learning that may be equivalent to college-level courses, Hawkeye offers the opportunity to get credit for that knowledge.


Find out before you register for a CLEP test whether or not you are able to establish credit through CLEP. This will avoid any possibility of duplication between courses you wish to take and the examination.

For example, if you have completed or are in the process of completing a college credit course, you are not eligible for CLEP credit in that course.

If you are testing to receive credit at another college, please refer to that institution’s eligibility policy.

Preparing for the CLEP Assessment

Most CLEP exams are 90 minutes long and are administered on the computer. This efficient delivery system provides immediate results, with exception of an essay component. offers information and practice materials to help you prepare. In addition to official materials—some that are free, some have a cost— provides suggested online resources, gives tips on how to find appropriate textbooks, lets you practice with the calculators provided in the exams, and provides insight into the knowledge and skills required for each exam. Be sure to visit the specific exam page for each test you plan to take for the most in-depth information.

Registration Procedure and Fees

CLEP is given by a scheduled appointment only. Advance registration is required.

To register for a CLEP exam:

  1. Register to take a CLEP exam at

  2. Select an exam.

  3. Add the exam(s) to your cart for which you'd like to register.

  4. Sign into your CLEP account or create a new account.

  5. Follow the instructions to complete your CLEP registration. A fee of $90* is charged for each CLEP exam.

  6. Schedule the date and time you will take your exam at Hawkeye. You will need the voucher number from your registration ticket to complete the form.

    • If you require an accommodation for testing, please contact Evaluation and Testing to schedule.

  7. Call or stop into the Business Office to pay your $20 proctored exam fee.

    • This fee is non-refundable and is required to secure your test date.
    • This fee includes the recording of CLEP credits on your Hawkeye transcript if you choose to send us your official results.
  8. Bring your receipt from the Business Office to your scheduled exam.

Also see How To Reschedule an Exam and How to Cancel an Exam.

Military service members and spouses may qualify for DANTES funding for the CLEP exam. See Who Is Eligible for DANTES-Funded CLEP Exams? [pdf] for more information.

* Fees are subject to change.

Your CLEP Scores

All students will receive a score immediately after testing, with exception to a test with an essay component. You will be mailed a score report from CLEP within four weeks.

As a Hawkeye student, you may earn a maximum of 30 credits by CLEP examination(s) while earning a degree at Hawkeye.

Candidates taking College Composition will receive an official score report from CLEP within six weeks.

Hawkeye Community College CANNOT and DOES NOT assume responsibility for transferability of CLEP credit to other colleges and universities.

A CLEP examination can be repeated after three months using the regular registration procedures.

Also see Credits by Examination to learn more about how exam credit is awarded and applied to your transcript.

Composition and Literature

Required Score Credits Hawkeye Equivalence
American Literature 50 3 XXX-XTX General Elective Credit
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 XXX-XTX General Elective Credit
College Composition 50 3 ENG105 Composition I
English Literature 50 3 LIT142 Major British Writers
Humanities 50 6 XXX-XTX General Elective Credit

Science and Mathematics

Required Score Credits Hawkeye Equivalence
Biology (no lab) 50 3 SCI-XAT Biological Science Elective
Chemistry (no lab) 50 3 SCI-XBT Physical Science Elective
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 4 MAT210 Calculus I
College Algebra 50 5 MAT122 College Algebra
College Mathematics 50 6 MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts
XXX-XTX General Elective
Natural Sciences (no lab) 50 3 SCI-XBT Physical Science Elective
Precalculus 50 4 MAT128 Precalculus
Trigonometry 50 3 MAT134 Trig. & Analytical Geometry

Foreign Language

Required Score Credits Hawkeye Equivalence
French, Level I 50 5 XXX-XTX General Elective Credit
Spanish, Level I 50 5 XXX-XTX General Elective Credit

History and Social Sciences

Required Score Credits Hawkeye Equivalence
American Government 50 3 POL111 American National Government
Education Psychology, Introduction to 50 3 EDU240 Educational Psychology
History of the United States I: Early Colonizations to 1877 50 3 HIS151 U.S. History to 1877
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 3 HIS152 U.S. History Since 1877
Human Growth and Development 50 3 XXX-XTX General Elective Credit
Psychology, Introductory 50 3 PSY111 Intro to Psychology
Social Science and History 50 6 SSS-XCT Social Science
XXX-XTX General Elective
Sociology, Introductory 50 3 SOC110 Introduction to Sociology
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 HUM-XAT Western Civ Elective
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 3 HUM-XAT Western Civ Elective


Required Score Credits Hawkeye Equivalence
Accounting, Financial 50 4 ACC131 Principles of Accounting I
Business Law, Introductory 50 3 BUS183 Business Law
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 CSC110 Intro to Computers
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 3 ECN120 Principles of Macroeconomics
Management, Principles of 50 3 MGT101 Principles of Management
Marketing, Principles of 50 3 MKT110 Principles of Marketing
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 3 ECN130 Principles of Microeconomics

Contact Information

Evaluation and Testing

Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Email Evaluation and Testing

Hawkeye recommends masks for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors. Please check your testing company's policy before coming to campus.

Regular Hours — Fall 2022

Monday – Friday 8:00am–4:30pm

If campus is closed, the Testing Center is also closed. This includes weather related closings. See the Academic Calendar for scheduled college closings.

Business Office

Hawkeye Center 122
Email the Business Office

Regular Hours — Fall 2022

Mon–Friday 8:00am–4:30pm

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