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.
CollegeBoard.com offers information and practice materials to help you prepare. In addition to official materials—some that are free, some have a cost—CollegeBoard.com 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.
Register to take an exam. Sign-in to your College Board account to register and submit payment for the exam.
A fee of $80* is charged for each examination taken.
Military service members and spouses may qualify for DANTES funding for the CLEP exam. See if you are eligible for DANTES funding.
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 no longer accepted at Hawkeye's Testing Center.
Schedule test day.
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.
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 $10.00* 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.
Evaluation & Testing
Hawkeye Center 208
Occasional evening and Saturday hours
* Closed July 4
Hawkeye Community College
Student Services - CLEP
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704-8015