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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is designed to test and recognize knowledge gained through non-traditional ways. CLEP offers examinations measuring achievement in the areas of English composition (essay option only), humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences and history and in specific subject areas. Kean awards up to 24 credits for examinations that measure general achievement in the five general areas of the liberal arts. Students who have earned more than 30 credits, including transfer and other credit, are no longer eligible to take the general area exams or receive credit.  Up to 16 additional credits may be awarded for examinations in subject areas that measure achievement in specific college-level courses. Students who have completed more than 86 credits, including transfer and other credit, are no longer eligible to take the subject area exams or receive credit.

Credit is awarded for scores of 50 or above, except in foreign languages, where the equivalent four-semester level 2 score is required. Students interested in CLEP testing should first consult with their faculty advisor to ensure that possible CLEP credits can be applied toward their specific degree requirements. 

Please click here to view the Kean University course equivalencies for CLEP examinations.

Receiving credit for CLEP Examinations:

  • earn a passing score
  • submit an Official CLEP transcript
    • Official Test scores may be submitted electronically to or a hard copy may be mailed or hand delivered to Kean University, the Office of the Registrar, Administration Building, First Floor, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083.  For both the Advanced Placement and CLEP examinations, the college code for Kean University is 2517.
  • receive a confirmation email to your Kean email account once the credits are posted to your academic record

How many CLEP credits can I earn?

            Kean University awards up to 24 general education CLEP credits

Can I earn more than 24 credits from CLEP exams?

            You can earn up to 16 additional CLEP credits for exams in subject areas.

How do I submit my CLEP Transcript to Kean University?

Please list Kean University as a recipient of your official score report upon registration for the exam.  If you need to submit a score report after that time, please refer to the College Board’s website for more information

Where can I take a CLEP examination?

            Kean University is a testing site for CLEP examinations.  For additional information, visit:

Who is eligible to take a CLEP examination?

All Kean University undergraduate prospective and current students are eligible to take CLEP examinations as long as they meet certain criteria.  Please refer to Kean University’s CLEP examination policy for more information.  Please note that credit limitations do apply.

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