The CLEP (College Level Examination Program) offers a wide range of college level exams through which you may receive college credit.
If you have acquired knowledge through experience or prior academic learning that may be equivalent to college level courses, Hawkeye offers the opportunity to get credit for that knowledge.
CLEP tests are similar to final exams in undergraduate courses.
Find out before you register for a CLEP test whether or not you are able to establish credit through CLEP. This will avoid any possibility of duplication between courses you wish to take and the examination.
For example, if you have completed or are in the process of completing a college Biology course, you are not eligible for CLEP credit in biology at Hawkeye.
Previously enrolled and transfer students must avoid taking an examination in a subject area which they have completed or attempted college level work.
If you are testing to receive credit at another college, please refer to that institution’s eligibility policy.
Preparing for the CLEP Assessment
Most CLEP exams are 90 minutes long and are administered on the computer. This efficient delivery system provides immediate results, with exception of an essay component.
Each exam begins with a tutorial to demonstrate the ease of test taking.
CollegeBoard.com offers a CLEP at a Glance fact sheet that you can download. The CLEP fact sheet contains sample questions to prepare for your CLEP test along with exam descriptions, knowledge and skills required for the exams, listings of suggested textbooks, and websites for studying.
Registration Procedure and Fees
CLEP is given by a scheduled appointment only. Advance registration is required.
Complete the online CLEP Registration form.
Submit your $20* registration fee payable to Hawkeye Community College. This fee is non-refundable and is required at the time of registration to secure your test date.
This fee includes the recording of CLEP credits on your Hawkeye transcript if you choose to send us your official results.
Confirmation of your test date will be sent to you approximately ten days prior to your test date.
A fee of $80* is charged for each examination taken.
On the test date bring check or money order, one per test, made payable to "CLEP" or use your Master Card or VISA.
No refund will be made after the tests have been administered. A nominal fee may be charged for specific essay CLEP exams.
Registrations are processed on an availability basis, so register early.
Test appointments may not be changed by phone. To reschedule a test, you must submit a new registration form and send an additional $10.00* registration fee.
* Fees are subject to change.
Your CLEP Scores
All students will receive a score immediately after testing, with exception to a test with an essay component. You will be mailed a score report from CLEP within four weeks.
As a Hawkeye student, you may earn a maximum of 30 credits by CLEP examination(s) while earning a degree at Hawkeye.
Candidates taking College Composition will receive an official score report from CLEP within six weeks
Hawkeye Community College CANNOT and DOES NOT assume responsibility for transferability of CLEP credit to other colleges and universities.
A CLEP examination can be repeated after six months using the regular registration procedures.
Assessment & Testing
Occasional evening and Saturday hours
Hawkeye Community College
Student Services - CLEP
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704-8015