CLEP Testing

College Success Programs administers the University’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Please note that CLEP testing has moved to Alumni Hall. Use the entrance closest to the library.

CLEP, College Level Examination Program, is a division of the College Board, the same people that bring us SAT and ACT testing. The University of Maine is an official CLEP testing center. Although UMaine students, as well as community members, may opt to take any and all exams offered by the College Board, only specified exams will be granted credit at the University of Maine. Students attending other institutions of higher education should check with their program coordinator for verification on which exams they will receive credit for. Primarily comprised of multiple-choice questions, the 90-minute examination covers general material relevant to the subject matter. The majority of successful CLEP exams earn the students three-degree credit hours.

CLEP Tests Index: | Available CLEP Tests | CLEP Tests Accepted by UM | Test Fees | Registering for a Test | Cancellation and No-Show Policy | About Your Exam | Preparing for the Exam

Available CLEP Tests

Composition and Literature

  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature*
  • College Composition (this exam is 120 minutes)
  • College Composition Modular
  • English Literature
  • Humanities

* Optional essay available. 

World Languages

  • French Language: Levels 1 and 2
  • German Language: Levels 1 and 2
  • Spanish Language: Levels 1 and 2
  • Spanish with Writing: Levels 1 and 2

History and Social Sciences

  • American Government
  • History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
  • History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Social Sciences and History
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

Science and Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • College Algebra
  • College Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Precalculus


  • Financial Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

CLEP Tests Accepted by the University of Maine
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Name of Test Passing Score Substitutes for Credit Hours
American Government 50 POS 100 3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (w/essay) 50 on the computer
test AND receive
a score of “pass”
on the essay
ENG 129/170 6
Biology 50 BIO 100 4
Calculus 50 MAT 126 4
Chemistry 50 CHY 121/123, CHY 122/124 8
College Algebra 50  MAT 111 3
College-Level Mathematics 50 MAT 100X 3
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 HTY 103 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 HTY 104 3
Human Growth and Development 50 CHF 201 3
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 ECO 121 3
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 ECO 120 3
Precalculus 50 MAT 122 4
Psychology, Educational 50-62 EHD 200X 3
Psychology, Educational 63-80 EHD 203 3
Psychology, Introductory 50 PSY 100 3
Sociology, Introductory 50 SOC 101 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HTY 105 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 HTY 106 3

CLEP Test Fees
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CLEP Exam Fee: $95

The CLEP exam fee must be paid in advance of the testing date via the College Board web site.   First time candidates must create a profile through through the My Account registration portal.  Once a candidate has a My Account profile, exams can be pre-paid at the CLEP web site.  Once a candidate has registered for a CLEP exam via the CLEP web site, he or she will be provided with a payment receipt and a Ticket ID.  Candidates must provide the Ticket ID to the test center on the day of the exam.

Test Center Administration Fee (for all exams administered at UMaine): $30

The test center fee and other administration fees are paid directly to the test center the day of the exam.  Fees are payable in cash only. Please note that we can not accept credit cards as a method payment for administration fees.

Additional Administration Fees

If your exam includes an optional essay, the following additional fees will be charged.  Additional fees are due the day of the exam and are paid directly to the testing center.

If you have an optional essay administered at UMaine:
Optional Essay Administration Fee: $10

If your optional essay will be evaluated for credit at UMaine:
UMaine Optional Essay Evaluation Fee: $50

Registering for a Test
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All tests are offered at the following times indicated with an X:

  11 am 1:30 pm
Monday X X
Tuesday X X
Wednesday X X
Thursday X  
Friday X X

We do not schedule CLEP exams more than 35 days (5 weeks) in advance of the requested exam date.  If you have an exceptional circumstance that requires that you schedule a CLEP exam more than 35 days into the future, please contact us.

To register for a CLEP test, please complete this CLEP Test registration form.  If you have questions regarding registration, please contact:

Eric Chapman: 207-581-2318

Test Location

CLEP tests are administered in Alumni Hall.  See the Campus Map (PDF). Please report to room 132 Alumni Hall upon arrival.

Parking Information

Visitor parking is available throughout the University of Maine campus. Please see the Campus Map (PDF) to find where visitor parking is permitted. You will be issued a temporary visitor-parking pass that will be given to you at registration, to put on your vehicle during the time in which you are taking the CLEP exam.

Cancellation and No-Show Policy
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Candidates who wish to cancel a scheduled CLEP exam may do so without penalty at least 24 hours in advance of the exam start time. Candidates who fail to cancel an exam in time or who do not arrive for a scheduled exam will be responsible for the $30 Test Center Administration Fee for each missed exam. These fees must be paid prior to taking any subsequent CLEP exams at the University of Maine.

Candidates who cancel or reschedule CLEP exams repeatedly may be asked to pay the Test Center Administration Fees for any rescheduled or cancelled exams or may be barred from taking CLEP exams at the University of Maine in the future.

Inclement Weather Policy

If the University of Maine closes due to inclement weather, CLEP exams scheduled during that time are also canceled. To check for UMaine closings, call (207) 581-SNOW.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability, such as learning or physical disability, that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request accommodations. Please contact us prior to scheduling your exam and well in advance of your intended test date to make the necessary arrangements.

About Your Exam

You can learn more about CLEP and the exams by visiting the College Board CLEP site.  Their site includes descriptions of each exam.

Preparing for the Exam

You may purchase comprehensive, downloadable study guides from the CLEP online store.

There are several online resources that allow you to learn or review material for a CLEP exam.  A large volume of free academic content is available at the Khan Academy web site.