College Level Examination Program (CLEP)


The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a credit-by-examination program that permits students to earn credits for general introductory courses and move on to course work for their major and prospective career. Students who successfully pass CLEP tests can save time and tuition dollars during their college careers.  CLEP offers thirty-three (33) examinations. For a complete up-to-date list, please contact the Office of Testing at 973-720-2570 or refer to the registration-admission form.

All CLEP examinations are computer-based and most CLEP tests require 90 minutes to complete. However, some of the subject tests include an optional essay, and those tests require an additional 90 minutes. The candidate is required to pay an additional fee of $10 for these essays. Examination periods are scheduled periodically throughout the year. The complete schedule for each semester is available from the office and on this page below. The examinations cost $80 payable to CLEP and a non-refundable test center administration fee of $25 payable to William Paterson University. Please click on the "Register Online" link below and submit your registration information on our secure website.  Be certain to purchase your exam from the Collegeboard CLEP website prior to reserving your seat with William Paterson University.

There are no limits on the number of tests that can be taken, and they may be retaken three months after the original testing date. There are, however, limits on the number of tests given on a particular day or within a given month.

Since college credit-granting policies vary, it is recommended that prior to taking a CLEP exam, students contact their institution to obtain a list of course credit allocations for CLEP exams. To view William Paterson University new policies for awarding credit, please click for General Exams or click for Subject Exams.

Scoring is done by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). An official score report will be sent to your receiving institution by ETS two to four weeks after the test date. At the time you your purchase your exam from CLEP, you can indicate the college or certifying agency that you want to receive your CLEP test scores. There is no additional cost for this service -- your exam fee covers it. At the end of the session, you will receive a copy of your score report, with the exception of English examinations (American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, English Literature, College Composition Modular and College Composition) with essay.  Scores for these exams will be sent to the candidate and their receiving institution two to four weeks from the test date. If you haven't decided which institution you want to receive your scores, please indicate DO NOT SEND.   Test scores are kept on file for 20 years, so you can request that your Score Report be sent to an institution at a later date. The fee for this reporting service is $20.

If you are requesting to test under non-standard conditions, please be certain to submit your documentation to the Office of Testing at William Paterson University five (5) working days before your test session.

When purchasing your exam, if your institution name is not listed, please be certain to choose the option not listed and type in your institution name.

A review book, The College Board Guide to CLEP Examinations, is available in bookstores, libraries or by visiting the CLEP website.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, you may contact the Office of Testing by telephone (973-720-2570) or email:

CLEP Sessions are held on the dates and times listed below

 Spring Schedule

    February 2016






February 2, 2016 9:15am 9:30am
February 3, 2016 1:45pm 2:00pm
February 5, 2016 10:45am 11:00am
February 9, 2016 9:15am 9:30am
February 10, 2016 1:45pm 2:00pm
February 12, 2016 10:45am 11:00am
February 16, 2016 9:15am 9:30am
February 17, 2016 1:45pm 2:00pm
February 19, 2016 10:45am 11:00am
February 23, 2016 9:15am 9:30am
February 24, 2016 1:45pm 2:00pm
February 25, 2016 1:45pm 2:00pm
February 26, 2016 10:45am 11:00am
February 27, 2016 7:45am 8:00am

What you should know:

  • Testing dates are available on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Seating is guaranteed by receipt of a completed registration-admission form.
  • On test day present a paper copy of your William Paterson University Admission Form and one (1) current/unexpired photo-bearing form of identification from the following list: Driver's license, Military ID, Passport, State/Federal ID, Tribal ID, Naturalization Card, Student ID. Failure to have the proper identification on test day will prohibit you from sitting for the examination(s).
  • All fees are processed the day you register with William Paterson University and CLEP.
  • Requests may only be made by submission of all required documents (application and required fees).
  • Rescheduling of your appointment will incur a fee of $15. 
  • When purchasing your exam, if your institution is not listed, please choose the option not listed and type in your institution name.
  • If  you are requesting to test under non-standard conditions, be certain to submit your documentation five (5) working days before your testing session.

All exam payments must be made by test-takers online through the My Account registration portal on the CLEP website. You may register by clicking here: Be certain to purchase your exam before reserving your seat with William Paterson University.  

There may be times examinations are cancelled due to inclement weather or other emergencies. In such cases, visit our welcome page for an updated announcement or you may call 973-720-2570.

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