College-level Examination Program (CLEP)

NIU is a national test site for the College-level Examination Program (CLEP). If you’re a student or community member, you can take CLEP exams at NIU. You can get NIU course credit for CLEP exams or transfer your CLEP credit to another institution (refer to their CLEP policy).

Since July 1, 2001, CLEP exams have been administered on computers. The scores for computer-based exams are reported differently than those for the paper-and-pencil exams given before that date.

How to Take the Exam

  1. Register for the exam on College Board and pay the $90 exam fee.
  2. Schedule the exam at NIU and pay the nonrefundable $25 administrative fee.

You don’t need to pay the administrative fee if you’re an eligible military member (first attempts only).

Computer-based Exams

General Exams (after July 1, 2001)

Exam Score NIU Credit

College Composition*

50 ENGL 103

Humanities

56 Creativity and Critical Analysis, 6 hrs.

Natural Sciences

56 Nature and Technology, 7 hrs.

Social Sciences and History

56 Society and Culture,
6 hrs.

*replaces English Composition with Essay as of 7/1/10

Subject Exams (after July 1, 2001)

Exam Score NIU Credit

Biology*

50

66
BIOS 103 and BIOS 105

BIOS 208, BIOS 210, BIOS 209 and BIOS 211

Chemistry

50 CHEM 210, CHEM 211, CHEM 212 and CHEM 213

Principles of Macroeconomics

50 ECON 261

Principles of Microeconomics

50 ECON 260

American Literature

50 ENGL 116

English Literature

50 ENGL 115

Human Growth and Development

50 HDFS 280

College-level French

50-62

63

FLFR 101 and FLFR 102

FLFR 101, FLFR 102, FLFR 201 and FLFR 202

College-level German

50-62

63

FLGE 101 and FLGE

FLGE 101, FLGE 102, FLGE 201 and FLGE 202

College-level Spanish

50-62

63

FLSP 101 and FLSP 102

FLSP 101, FLSP 102, FLSP 201 and FLSP 202

Calculus

50 MATH 229

American Government

61 POLS 100

Introductory Psychology

52 PSYC 102

Introductory Sociology

50 SOCI 170

*If you want to substitute BIOS 103 and 105 for BIOS 208, 210, 209 and 211 credit, you must submit a written request to Testing Services within 30 days of notification of credit eligibility.

Contact Us

Testing Services
Peters Campus Life Building 120
815-753-1203
testing@niu.edu

Hours

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-noon
1-4:30 p.m.

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