Harper College

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

The Harper College Testing Center is an open test site for the College Level Examination Program, offering all 34 CLEP exams to both Harper College students and members of the community alike. Harper College students should note that not every CLEP exam offered at the Testing Center is accepted for credit at the college. This may also be true for students interested in receiving credit from another institution, so it is very important to review your receiving institution’s CLEP policy and scoring criteria before registering to take a CLEP exam.

Looking for ways to prepare for a CLEP exam? Be sure to check out the College Board's Modern States online courses

How to take CLEP test at Harper College

Step 1. Schedule your CLEP testing appointment here. Most CLEP tests are 90 minutes in length, and a maximum of two tests per session are allowed. Harper's site can administer any CLEP test you desire to take. 

Step 2. Register and pay the $93 CLEP examination fee online. Upon successful registration, an exam ticket is created. Print the ticket and bring it with you on the day of testing. 

Please Note: The Harper College Testing Center does not offer the optional essays for American Literature, English Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, College Composition Modular, Spanish with Writing tests. 

Step 3. Upon arrival to the Testing Center, you are required to provide the printed CLEP exam ticket, and a valid government-issued identification that has both a photo and a signature. Examples of such an ID include:

  • Driver's License
  • State ID Card
  • Passport
  • National ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Military ID
  • Naturalization Card

Expired IDs, school IDs, social security cards, credit cards, work IDs, etc. are not acceptable forms of identification.

Step 4. Upon completing the CLEP test, students will receive an unofficial score report. Student’s selected recipient will receive the official score report approximately two weeks after the test is completed.  CLEP Exams may be retaken, after three months, by following the same registration procedure.

Additional steps for Harper College students

Step 1. Apply to the College.

Step 2. Acquire an official score report online through the CLEP website. If your score report needs to be sent through the mail, please have them addressed to:

Harper College
Attn: Testing Center; Building A, Room A148
1200 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL  60067

Step 3. Once the official score report is received by the College, course credits will automatically be applied based on the standards of the CLEP Scoring Criteria below.  CLEP Exams, whether passed or not, do not affect a student's grade point average (GPA).

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Last Updated: 12/14/23