College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Testing for the College-Level Examination Program is now offered at California State University, Northridge for current students, applicants, the greater San Fernando Valley community and active military through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program. CSUN is an open testing site for CLEP testing. Testing is available to students and non-students.

The CLEP program affords participants an opportunity to obtain college credit, satisfy course prerequisites and/or meet general requirements by exam. Potential examinees 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. For CSUN matriculated students, consult the CSUN Catalog for more information.

Test Administration Information

The CLEP exams are 90 minutes in length, primarily multiple-choice in nature and administered by computer. Optional essays are available for several exams. For all exams, except those involving an essay, the examinee will receive the results at the conclusion of the test.

The optional essay is taken only after successfully passing the computer-based portion of the exam. Allow a minimum of two weeks for delivery of the essay to set an appointment to complete the essay portion.

Please allow a total of two hours to complete the check-in, exam tutorial and the CLEP exam itself. Multiple exams can be taken on a single day, but a particular exam cannot be retaken within a six-month period.

Test Administration Hours

Tests are offered at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Schedules are subject to change. Testing is by appointment only. Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment.

It is advisable for you to contact the Testing Center for an appointment at least one week before your desired test date. Appointments may be requested by telephone at (818) 677-2369 or via email at testing.center@csun.edu. Please provide your name, telephone number, name of the specific CLEP exam you wish to take and your preferred date and time. Written confirmations will be sent to email requests only. There are no same day appointments.

Testing Fees

You can create and manage your personal account through the My Account Registration Portal. The registration platform will allow you to register for a CLEP exam 24/7, manage your personal information any time prior to taking the exam, search for test centers, select your score recipient institution and purchase study materials. Log in to the My Account Registration Portal and register today.

After you register for an exam, it is important that you contact the Testing Center to schedule your appointment to take the test. Registering for an exam provides you with a payment receipt and a ticket ID, but you must contact the Testing Center to schedule the date and time you wish to take the test. You must bring your printed registration form with you on the day of the appointment.

Testing Fee and Payment Type Based on Type of CLEP Exam 
Type of CLEP ExamFeePayment Type
CLEP exam fee$80Payable to CollegeBoard at time of registration
Optional essay for the following exams:
  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • English Literature
  • College Composition Modular
$10Payable at time of exam, cash only
Administrative fee$30Cash only

Additional Information

Present two types of acceptable ID to the test. First, all candidates must have a valid (not expired) government-issued ID containing a recent and recognizable photo and signature. The first and last name on the ID must match exactly with the name on the Admission Ticket. There are no exceptions. The second type of identification can be another form of government-issued ID or a current student ID. No one will be admitted without acceptable identification, regardless of the circumstances.

Parking in the B3 structure is recommended. You may purchase a single day permit at an attendant booth or dispenser for $6. Day pass dispensers accept credit cards or cash and are located by the elevator on each level. For the location of parking lots and dispensers, download the Student Parking Information.

Visit our Test Reporting Locations Map for driving directions to all on-campus testing locations.


Examinees may take advantage of test resources by visiting the CLEP website to prepare for the tests. The website includes a list of exam titles, a description of each test and links to various resources (some at a fee).


How many tests are offered?

There are 34 separate CLEP examinations. CSUN offers them all. Since they are on computers, with the exception of the optional essay, each test is available at every test session.

Tell me about each test. What are the subjects?

Answers to these questions can be found on the CLEP website. View descriptions of each test. You can also purchase a copy of the CLEP Study Guide with sample questions for all tests, or purchase a download of sample questions for selected tests.

Who may take the tests?

CSUN is an open testing location. Anyone can apply to take a test with us.

How do I receive college credit?

Each college or university sets its own CLEP policy regarding how much credit will be granted and for which courses. Contact the Admissions Office of the concerned college for information on which tests they accept and the score they require for credit. Also ask if there are other additional requirements before credit is granted. 

How is the test conducted?

All CLEP examinations are offered via a computer workstation. Tests consist of multiple-choice questions (some are fill-in) and are 90 minutes long with the exception of the optional essays. Essays will be taken on an alternate date. Allow a minimum of two weeks for essay delivery to the Testing Center after completion of the computer-based exam.

What does it cost?

CLEP charges an $80 exam fee payable when you take the test. We accept payments by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover credit card or personal check or money order. This test fee is waived for active duty members of the U.S. military. CSUN Testing Center charges a non-refundable and non-transferable $30 administrative fee to all examinees, which is payable in cash on the day of your appointment. The optional essay is an additional $10.

Can I take more than one test?

You may take more than one examination the same day if the testing schedule permits. Charges apply separately to each test. Inform the Testing Center staff that you desire to take more than one test when you schedule your test. 

When do I get my scores?

You receive your score immediately upon completion of your test. The exceptions are tests with an essay. Essays are read and graded twice a month. The official transcript of your score will be sent to your institution by CLEP usually within one week. You may hold your score report if you desire by selecting "Do Not Send" on the list of colleges. One transcript recipient may be selected at no cost on the day of testing; transcripts may be sent later at a nominal cost.

Can I repeat a test if I desire to obtain a higher score?

CLEP policy requires a candidate to wait six months before repeating a test. Consult your institution for their policy.

How do I prepare for the test? What do I study?

CLEP tests are challenging and preparation is strongly recommended. CSUN does not endorse any particular study methods or material, but you can visit the CLEP website for an overview on CLEP preparation.

How do I get to CSUN?

Visit our Test Reporting Locations page for driving directions to all on-campus testing locations.

Parking in the B3 structure is recommended. You may purchase a single day permit at an attendant booth or dispenser for $6. Day pass dispensers accept credit cards or cash and are located by the elevator on each level. For the location of parking lots and dispensers, download the Student Parking Information.

Testing Accommodations

If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request testing accommodation(s). Information about requesting testing accommodation(s) can be found in My Accounts<https://clepportal.collegeboard.org> and How to Register for a CLEP Exam.

Accommodations that can be arranged directly with the Testing Center include:

• ZoomText (screen magnification)
• Modifiable screen colors
• Use of a reader, amanuensis, or a sign language interpreter
• Extended time
• Untimed rest breaks

In order to receive one of the above listed testing accommodations, you will need to provide proof of approved accommodation. This documentation should be sent to the Testing Center at least seven days prior to the scheduled CLEP exam.

If you are currently registered with the Disability Resources and Educational Services office, please contact DRES to submit your accommodation documentation to the Testing Center. If you are not a registered student with DRES, please visit the DRES website for registration procedures.

Please understand that without the accommodation documentation, we are unable to provide the requested accommodation.

If the above accommodations do not meet your needs, do not register online for your exam. Contact CLEP Services at for information about other accommodations.