Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

CLEP Credit-Granting Policy

Important Note: Effective May 1, 2014, CLEP tests will no longer be available at CCAC. Please do not submit registrations requesting a test date beyond April 30, 2014. To find alternative testing sites, please visit: CLEP Testing Center Search

Prior to registration, please check the CLEP credit-granting policy at your institution to ensure that you are taking the appropriate test. 

How are the tests administered?

What are the costs?

Dantes-funded military CLEP testing

When and where can I take a test?

How do I register?

Test Day Procedures

Non-Attendance & Rescheduling Policy

CCAC CLEP Policy & Course Equivalents (pdf)


What are CLEP tests?

CLEP is a series of individual tests for various college-level courses. Each test provide an opportunity to gain college credit for knowledge acquired through independent study.

You do not have to be a CCAC student to take the tests. The CCAC CLEP Testing Center is an open test center and administers CLEP to the general public.

On the day of the test, candidates will indicate a college or institution to which CLEP score reports are to be sent. Each college or institution will evaluate the individual score and determine whether college credit is to be awarded.

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How are the tests administered?

CLEP is administered as a computer-based test (CBT) only. You will receive instant score reports (except for those tests which include an essay). 

The College Board website contains detailed information about CLEP test administration. Exam descriptions and downloadable study guides for each test are also available. Visit the website for more information about CLEP CBT at www.collegeboard.org/clep.

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What are the costs?

There are two fees for each exam. Each must be paid separately for each test and are as follows:

CCAC Administration Fee: The CCAC administration fee for each exam is $20.00 (non-refundable) and is due with your registration form no later than three (3) weekdays prior to your first-choice test date. You may pay by credit card (preferred payment method)—VISA, MasterCard, Discover (CCAC does not accept American Express)—or by check or money order. If paying by check or money order, make each check or money order payable to CCAC and mail with your registration form (See How do I register? below).

CLEP Test Fee:  Effective January 1, 2014 -  CLEP Test Fee:  $80 per test. 
You must establish an account at CLEP and pre-pay your $80 fee. You will receive a voucher with a unique number to be used as an "Admission Ticket" on the day of your test.  You need to record that voucher number in the appropriate field on the CCAC CLEP Registration Form, and note that the pre-paid fee cannot be refunded should you never take the test. To establish an account, go to the
CLEP website.


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DANTES-funded military CLEP testing

To assist military personnel in meeting their educational goals, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) funds CLEP exams for eligible military service members and eligible civilian employees. Please note that DANTES funds the CLEP testing fee only. Examinees are personally responsible for the Testing Center Administration fee.

Examinees qualified for DANTES funding are:

  • Military personnel (Active Duty and Reserve)—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army and Air National Guard
  • Eligible civilian employees and spouses of participating Reserve Component and Coast Guard personnel
  • Department of Defense Acquisition Personnel (only eligible for the following computer-based exams: Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Marketing)

NOTE: DANTES will not fund retesting on a previously funded CLEP exam. However, service members may personally fund a retest after waiting six months.

Please visit CLEP For Military Personnel for more details.

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When and where can I take a test?

You must be registered for a test in order to be admitted. Seating is limited and tests are scheduled on a first come-first served basis. Test dates and times are assigned according to the time your registration form is received. Please specify a first and second choice date and time on your registration form. (See How do I register? below).

Tests are administered Monday through Friday at 9:00am and 1:00pm.
This schedule is subject to change without notice until your appointment is confirmed via phone.
You cannot schedule more than one test per time.

On the confirmed date and time of your test(s), report to the Allegheny Campus Online Learning Testing Center, located in West Hall on Ridge Avenue, Room W116. (Directions)

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How do I register?

Download and print the appropriate CLEP Registration Form:

CCAC CLEP Registration Form (pdf)
RMU CLEP Registration Form (pdf) (for Robert Morris students only)

Your completed registration form (including the assigned Voucher ID from CLEP) and payment of the non-refundable $20.00 CCAC Administration Fee, must be received no later than three (3) weekdays prior to your first-choice test date. Your appointment will be confirmed by phone. Methods for submitting your registration form and payment follow:

 

By Mail

Or

In Person

 ATTN: Student Accounts SSC150 – CLEP Registration 
 Community College of Allegheny County
 808 Ridge Avenue
 Pittsburgh, PA  15212

 (Include credit card info on form or enclose $20.00 check payable to CCAC)

By Fax

 

 412.237.4662

 (Include credit card info on form)

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Test Day Procedures

On the day of your test, please arrive on time and bring with you: checks or credit card (as indicated on your registration form) and two (2) required forms of I.D. per the list below.  

The primary form of identification must be a government-issued photo ID card that bears the student’s signature. The secondary form of identification must have a photo and/or signature. All funded military candidates must present a current military ID and a second form of government-issued photo ID.

Acceptable forms of primary identification include:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Current state or federal ID card
  • Current passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

Acceptable forms of secondary identification include:

  • Current employee ID
  • Current student ID
  • Social Security card
  • Military ID
  • Unused ID from the primary choices above

All materials necessary for your test will be provided to you. Personal belongings—food, drink, books, cell phone, pagers, etc.—are not permitted in the test room. You will be assigned a locker with a key for storage of your personal belongings while taking the test.

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Non-Attendance & Rescheduling Policy

The $80.00 CLEP fee is not charged unless you take the test. The $20.00 CCAC Administration fee is non-refundable. Be mindful when scheduling your test date and time, as any cancelations, reschedules or no-shows will require a new registration following the above procedures.

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If you need additional information about CLEP Testing, please visit the CLEP website or call us at 412.237.4579.