College-Level Examination Program
Welcome to the Allan Hancock College Testing Center! Many kinds of tests are administered
at the college, including the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP is a
series of examinations in 34 introductory college subjects that allow individuals
to earn college credit for what they already know regardless of how that knowledge
was acquired – through advanced course work, independent study, work experience, professional
development, or extracurricular activities. It is beneficial if you are only a few
credits short of meeting graduation requirements.
CLEP exams require college-level knowledge and critical thinking ability, and sufficient
preparation is required to do well. CLEP exam-takers are high-achieving students
and independent learners who are motivated. There are five subject areas of exams:
composition and literature, science and mathematics, foreign languages, history and
sciences, and business. With the exception of the College Composition and College
Composition Modular, the tests are composed primarily of multiple-choice questions.
Some math exams include fill-in type questions.
It is your responsibility to contact other colleges to determine what CLEP scores
they accept. If you would like to use a CLEP exam in place of an Allan Hancock College
course to meet a specific degree or certificate requirement, you will need departmental
approval. AHC accepts 30 units of CLEP credit. See an Allan Hancock College counselor
for a course waiver form.
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