College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Hudson Valley Community College is an open test center for College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Registration is open to the public as well as currently registered students.


CLEP is based on the premise that some individuals enrolling in college have already learned part of what is taught there. This program allows individuals to demonstrate their college level learning by taking examinations that assess the knowledge and skills taught in college courses. Prior learning could be through their job and life experiences, independent reading and study, or non-credit courses.

There are no prerequisites to take a CLEP exam; no age restriction, and no degree requirements. These programs save time and money! The cost to take a CLEP exam is considerably less expensive than the cost of registering for a college course. Students save time as they are able to earn credit by demonstrating their knowledge on the exam, without the need to attend classes. If a student does not pass the exam, it is as if he/she never took it. No credit of failure will appear on the transcript and the student can repeat the exam in 90 days.

CLEP is a timed (90 minutes), computer based test and most use a multiple choice format, although a select few include an essay component. Since we have a set number of computers available for CLEP, we are limited in the number of test-takers we can accommodate each month. Therefore, students interested in CLEP are advised to register early, as we often fill our available seats months in advance.

Transfer of Credit

Nearly all American colleges have a policy for awarding credit through CLEP. Students who intend to transfer should contact their transfer college of choice for information on their policy.

Exams Accepted for Credit at Hudson Valley

The list of College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams Accepted for Credit provides important information for matriculated students seeking CLEP credit at Hudson Valley Community College. It includes a list of all Hudson Valley courses for which students may obtain credit through CLEP, as well as the minimum scores necessary to earn credit.
NOTE: Hudson Valley Community College students should contact their advisor prior to registering for CLEP, as departments vary in their acceptance.

Test Dates

There are no test dates available for the Fall 2020 semester.

NOTE: No more than one (1) subject or general exam may be taken on any given date.

Registration and Payment

Please follow the following steps to register for a CLEP Exam at Hudson Valley Community College:

  1. Log in to the CLEP My Account Registration Portal and Register for an Exam
    You will be required to pay CLEP the $89 exam fee at this time. Registering for an exam provides you with a payment receipt and a CLEP Registration Ticket, but you must contact a test center to schedule the date and time you wish to take the test (see Step 2).
  2. Schedule Your Test Date with Hudson Valley Community College
    After you receive your CLEP Registration Ticket (valid for six months) you will need to schedule your test date with the college and pay the $25 testing center fee to Hudson Valley Community College. Please complete the CLEP Registration Form and submit it along with your CLEP Registration Ticket and $25 testing center fee either in person or by certified mail as instructed on the registration form.

    NOTE: The $25 fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. CLEP registration is on a first come first serve basis. There are no waitlists and spaces may be filled before the website is updated. You will receive a confirmation email once your test has been scheduled.

Cancellations or Closure

If classes are canceled or the college is closed due to weather conditions or other emergencies, call the Office of Continuing Education for rescheduling information.

Exam Preparation

Having made the decision to take one or more CLEP examinations, most students then want to know if it is worthwhile to prepare for them – how much, how long, when and how should they go about it? The precise answers to these questions vary greatly from individual to individual. However, most candidates find that some type of test preparation is helpful. The college's bookstore and library are resources for textbooks that will help in studying for CLEP.

For more general and study information on preparing for CLEP, we recommend that you visit the CLEP website. For each exam, there is an outline of the knowledge and skill covered in the test, about 25 sample questions similar to those found on the exam, and a list of textbooks and other resources that could be used for study materials. You can also take a practice exam on the Mometrix Test Preparation website.

Get in Touch

Continuing Education
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 319

Office Hours

Regular Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.