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.

CLEP tests are similar to final exams in undergraduate courses.


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 Biology course, you are not eligible for CLEP credit in biology at Hawkeye.

Previously enrolled and transfer students must avoid taking an examination in a subject area which they have completed or attempted college level work.

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.

Each exam begins with a tutorial to demonstrate the ease of test taking. 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.

  1. Register to take an exam. Sign in to your College Board account to register and submit payment for the exam.

  2. Exam Payment: A fee of $89* is charged for each examination taken.

    All CLEP exam payments must be made by test-takers online through the My Account portal. Other forms of payment (i.e. credit card, check, money order) for CLEP exams are not accepted at Hawkeye's Testing Center.

    Military service members and spouses may qualify for DANTES funding for the CLEP exam. See if you are eligible for DANTES funding [pdf].

  3. Schedule test day.

    1. Complete the online CLEP Registration form. You will need the voucher number from your registration ticket (from step 1 above) when scheduling to take the exam at Hawkeye.

    2. Submit your $20* registration fee payable to Hawkeye Community College. 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.

Registrations are processed on an availability basis, so register early.

Confirmation of your test date will be sent to you approximately ten days prior to your test date.

Test appointments may not be changed by phone. To reschedule a test, you must submit a new registration form and send an additional $10* registration fee.

* 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.

Masks are required while testing per the testing companies policy. Please check your instructions before coming to the testing center.

Regular Hours — Spring 2022

Monday – Friday 8:00am–4:30pm

Testing is by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment.

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

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