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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)


Testing for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is offered at San Diego State University for SDSU students and applicants, the greater San Diego community, and active-duty military (through the DANTES Program).

The CLEP program affords participants an opportunity to obtain college credit, satisfy course prerequisites, and/or meet general education requirements by exam. Potential candidates should contact the university to which they are applying or attending to determine which exams will be accepted, what credit will be granted, and what scores will be required.

The CLEP exams are 90 to 120 minutes in length, primarily multiple choice in nature, and administered by computer. For all exams except those involving an essay, the candidate will receive the results at the conclusion of the exam. Multiple exams may be taken on a single day, but a particular exam cannot be retaken within a 3-month period. World language CLEP exams have online instructions in English only.

To register, candidates should log onto the CLEP website ( and pay for the exam(s)n advance (the exam fee does not cover the SDSU Testing Services proctoring fee which will be paid upon arrival [see below]). The registration ticket must be presented at SDSU Testing Services to sit for the exam. Candidates may only sit for the specific CLEP exam indicated on the registration ticket.

According to the University Policies section of the SDSU General Catalog, some CLEP credit is accepted at SDSU..

Test Administration Information

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as available. (Office hours may be affected by campus holidays and closures.) Appointments must be requested via telephone, at (619) 594-5216, or via email ( only; walk-in appointments are not accepted.

Location: Student Services West (SSW), room 2549. Click here for campus directions and parking instructions.

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment to allow time for payment and check-in. If you are more than 15 minutes late, your appointment may be cancelled. Please notify us at least 24 business hours in advance if you need to change or cancel your appointment.



- The proctoring fee is $20.00 for each test taken (subject to change without notice).

- Monday through Friday testing: Report to Testing Services first so we can provide a payment code to use at SDSU Student Account Services. Cash, check or money order, and debit and credit card payments are accepted.

- Saturday testing: You may only pay with the exact cash amount, or check or money order made payable to "San Diego State University". No debit or credit card payments are accepted on Saturday.


Exam day

You must present a current, valid government-issued photo ID and a paper copy of your CLEP admission ticket(s). Click here for campus directions and parking instructions.

Small lockers are provided in which you will be required to place all belongings, including watches, wallets, electronic devices, keys, etc. Food, beverages and gum are not allowed in the testing center. SDSU is a completely non-smoking campus.

Test information and fees are subject to change without notice.