Owatonna High School CLEP Testing Center

What is CLEP?
CLEP (College-Level Examination Program®) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States, with more than 2,900 colleges and universities awarding credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams.  The CLEP program is run boy College Board.  This is the same group that offers the SAT test and the AP (Advanced Placement) program.  For details about the CLEP program, visit their website: http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam.
With CLEP, a student can earn college credit for what he or she already knows – regardless of where or how that knowledge was acquired – by passing a 90-minute multiple-choice examination.  While similar to the AP Program, CLEP differs in three important ways.  First, the CLEP exam is more expensive than the AP exam.  The State of Minnesota subsidizes the AP program by paying $57 of the test fee.  The CLEP exam is not subsidized, therefore it is more expensive.  The fee to take a CLEP exam at OHS is $100.  An $80 fee is paid online to the College Board and a $20 fee is paid by cash or check to OHS to cover the administrative costs of giving the exam.
The second way CLEP exams differ from AP exams involves the scope of the material covered by the exams.  For example, the CLEP US History exam covers US History by covering two exams: US History Early Colonization until 1877 and US History 1865 to the Present.  A single AP US History test covers the entire time period: US History Colonization until the Present.
Finally, the CLEP exam and the AP exam differ in the number of colleges that accept the exam.  More colleges accept the AP exam for credit than accept the CLEP exam.  Before you take a CLEP exam, you should review the CLEP policy for the college that you are most likely to attend.

To search the CLEP database of more than 2,900 accredited colleges and universities that award credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams, visit this website: http://clep.collegeboard.org/overview/collegecredit.
OHS CLEP Testing Center
CLEP tests are administered at Owatonna High School in a computer lab environment accommodating fifteen students at a time.  The Owatonna High School CLEP Testing Center is open to any interested candidate.  Ms. Brynn McConnell, one of the OHS counselors, and Career Center secretary Roxi Stewart are the OHS staff responsible for the OHS CLEP Testing Center.
Steps to determine if the CLEP exam is worth taking:
Visit the website of the college(s) you are interested in attending and determine if the institution gives credit for the CLEP exam you want to take

  • Study the materials provided by your teacher or on the CLEP website that will prepare you for the CLEP exam
  • Obtain a copy of the practice exam from your teacher
  • Take and score your practice exam.  If you score 70% or higher on the practice exam, you should strongly consider taking the CLEP exam
Registration Procedure
There are two parts to the registration procedure:
  • First, a student should notify Roxi Stewart in the OHS Career Center that they are interested in testing.  They should ask when the CLEP Test Center will be open in the coming weeks and sign up for a time to take the test.
  • Next, a student should register online through the CLEP website: http://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam.  Once registered, be certain to print your registration ticket.  You will need it on test day.

Students and parents are encouraged to read the bulletin titled “Information for Test Takers.”  It can be downloaded from the CLEP website: http://clep.collegeboard.org/testing/clep/materials.
The CLEP exams are scheduled through the OHS Career Center.  CLEP exams are given in the OHS B-303 computer lab.  On test day, candidates should arrive to the OHS computer lab B-303 at approximately 30 minutes before exam time, with their CLEP registration ticket, a $20 check made payable to OHS or $20 cash, and a photo ID.
CLEP Tests
CLEP tests are computer-based tests.  They are usually 90 minutes in length and can contain multiple choice and/or fill-in questions.  Scores are revealed at the end of the exam.  The student will know if they have passed or failed.  Generally, colleges will award credit for a CLEP score of 50 or higher.  A CLEP score of 50is approximately equivalent to 70% correct.
There are CLEP practice questions available online at http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam.
If you have questions about the CLEP exam, please email Brynn McConnell at bmcconnell@owatonna.k12.mn.us or give her a call at 507-444-8819.