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How to Get Your CLEP Scores

By Zach Skillings

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Updated: November 30th, 2023
How to Get Your CLEP Scores

If you’re wondering how to get your CLEP scores, you’ve come to the right place. Fortunately, the process is simple and straightforward. In this guide, we’ll break down how to get your CLEP scores, what they mean, and how to send them to your school.  

See also: What is CLEP?  

How do I get my CLEP scores? 

The great thing about CLEP is that you can access your scores as soon as you’re finished with the exam. You can view your results a few different ways, which we’ve listed below: 

1. Get your unofficial score report

After taking your exam, you’ll receive an unofficial score report before leaving the test center. The only exception is for the “College Composition” and “Spanish with Writing” exams. These exams require human evaluation and cannot be scored immediately. You’ll be notified via email when your scores are available, typically within 2 – 3 weeks. 

2. Get your official score online 

You can also view your official scores online by logging into your CLEP My Portal account. Use the same login information you used to register for the exam. Once logged in, go to the My CLEP Exam Scores page to view your results. Your scores will be available online one business day following your exam. 

3. Get your score on screen after taking a remote exam 

If you take an exam remotely, your score will be displayed on screen immediately after completion of the exam. 

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How are CLEP exams scored? 

Nearly all exams are multiple-choice and scored by a computer, with the exception of the “College Composition” and “Spanish with Writing” exams. These tests feature essay questions in addition to multiple choice sections. The essays are graded by a committee of college professors, then combined with the multiple choice scores. 

For multiple choice questions, you receive one point for each correct answer. Points aren’t deducted for wrong or skipped answers, meaning you should strive to answer each question on the exam. There’s no harm in guessing if you’re not sure about the right answer. 

Exams are scored on a scale from 20 to 80. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends that colleges grant credit for a score of 50 or higher, but schools are allowed to set their own policies. Use this searchable database to check the CLEP policies of the schools you’re interested in.

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How do I send my scores? 

To receive credit for taking CLEP exams, you’ll need to send your scores to your preferred college or university. When you register for your exam, you’ll be prompted to select the institution where you’d like to send your scores. Your score will be immediately sent to this school once you complete your exam, unless you decide to opt out (see the next section). You can send your score to one institution for free.

If you want to send your score to more than one college, you must request a transcript and pay a $20 fee for each additional institution. To do this, go to your My CLEP Account menu and select “Request a Transcript”. The transcript request process is slightly different for military test takers

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Do I have to send my scores? 

No. The College Board gives you the option of canceling your score to prevent it from getting sent to your school. However, you have to make the decision to cancel before knowing whether you passed or not. Because of this, it’s best to go ahead and send in your score (even if you feel like you failed). 

The only time you would cancel your score is if your college has a limit on CLEP attempts and you’re nearly certain you failed. However, most colleges have no such limit. As a result, you should hardly ever choose to cancel your scores. 

Related: How does college credit work?

Can I retake CLEP exams? 

Yes. If you didn’t pass the first time around, you can retake the exam after three months. If you retake the exam within the three-month period, your score will be considered invalid, and your test fee will be forfeited.

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Will a failed CLEP exam affect my GPA?

Failed CLEP exams will not affect your GPA, nor will they change any admissions decisions by a school. The only downside to a failed exam is the money and time spent on it. You won’t be able to take it again for another three months, but once you become eligible again, you can learn from your mistakes, retake it, and make use of all the time you’ve spent studying.

Our guide to improving your SAT score might come in handy in trying to retake a CLEP exam. It’s a good approach to learning from your standardized test results and score better next time.

Good luck out there, and make sure to check out our free scholarship search tool to help you graduate from college debt-free!

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