College-level Examination Program (CLEP)

As a national test site, NIU offers CLEP exams to students and community members. A list of the CLEP exams NIU accepts for credit is provided below. If you wish to transfer your CLEP credit to another institution, refer to their CLEP policy.

Testing Services requires two separate fees for each CLEP administered at NIU. There is a non-refundable service fee of $25 for each examination. This fee is paid when you register for the exam at NIU.

CLEP requires a fee of $90 per examination, which is paid online with CLEP through CollegeBoard.

NIU is a CLEP fully funded test center. Eligible military members can pursue their educational goals by taking CLEP exams at our test center with no administration fee (first attempts only). Learn more about test eligibility.

Follow these steps to register for a CLEP exam at NIU:

Please note: If you're taking a CLEP test with an optional essay (American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, College Composition Modular or English Literature), you must call us at 815-753-1203 before you register online.

Remember to bring your CLEP registration ticket with you on the day of your exam.

Computer-based Exams

General Exams (taken after July 1, 2001)

CLEP General Exam

Score NIU Credit

College Composition*

50 ENGL 103


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 (taken after July 1, 2001)

CLEP Subject Exam

Score Course



BIOS 103 and BIOS 105

BIOS 208, BIOS 210, BIOS 209 and BIOS 211


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



FLFR 101 and FLFR 102

FLFR 101, FLFR 102, FLFR 201, and FLFR 202

College Level German



FLGE 101 and FLGE

FLGE 101, FLGE 102, FLGE 201, and FLGE 202

College Level Spanish



FLSP 101 and FLSP 102

FLSP 101, FLSP 102, FLSP 201, and FLSP 202


50 MATH 229

American Government

61 POLS 100

Introductory Psychology

52 PSYC 102

Introductory Sociology

50 SOCI 170

*Students wishing to substitute BIOS 103 and BIOS 105 for BIOS 208, BIOS 210, BIOS 209 and BIOS 211 credit should submit a written request to Testing Services within 30 days of being notified of their eligibility for credit.

Contact Us

Testing Services
Campus Life Building 120
Phone: 815-753-1203


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

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