The College Level Examination Program is a testing program which enables students to receive course credit by taking an exam. Students can earn up to 30 semester hours of credit by exam.

Prior to enrollment, new students who have not attempted college credit before may submit acceptable scores from a general or subject exam and will receive credit only in those subjects in which they have not earned academic credit. Enrolled students are eligible to take subject examinations only if they have not attempted the course.

Students may not attempt credit by examination for a course in which they have received failing grades or for a basic course in those areas in which they have acceptable college credit for more advanced courses. New students may want to arrange to take the test(s) during orientation or prior to regular registration in order to facilitate their advising and enrollment. Test results are received immediately since the test is on computer except for the Analysis & Interpretation of Literature (ENG 2301), which requires an acceptable essay graded by the SRSU English department.

If a student has withdrawn from a course - has a "W" - and wishes to take a CLEP test for that subject, he or she must present a letter to the Testing Center from their advisor on SRSU letterhead or an email from the advisor authorizing the student to test.


The total cost for each test is $102, paid in two parts: a fee of $87 pre paid at CLEP college board by signing up and registering for a test. (A ticket voucher is created, please bring to Carrer Services and Testing UC Room 211 to set up a testing date). Also a $15 fee is due on the day of the test to the Career Service & Testing center for test administration. (Can pay with cash, check or money order ONLY).  There is an additional $10 fee when taking the Analysis & Interpretation of Literature (ENG 2301) for the essay component, which is paid to Sul Ross State University.


Scores are sent to the student and to the registrar of each designated school between two and four weeks after the test. CLEP exams may not be retaken for three months. Each test is about 90 minutes in length, and optional essays require an additional time period.


CLEP tests will be available throughout the semester. A reservation for a test date may be made by contacting the Office of Career Services and Testing at (432) 837-8357.

Practice test site for CLEP exams

Tests Offered

Sul Ross State University faculty have approved credit for most CLEP exam. To request credit for other exams, consult with the Dean of Admissions and Records. For a complete list of exams see the Information Bulletin (available at ACR 102). Tests approved for credit at SRSU, include:


Subject Exams

EXAM Course Equivalent Credit Hours Min. Score
Language & Literature
American Literature *NEn 3 50
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature includes essays English 2301 3 50
   (extra time is needed for essay portion of exam)      
English Literature English 2322 3 50
French Language French 1411, 1412 8 50
German Language *NEn 8 50
Spanish Language Spanish 1411, 1412 8 50
Social Studies
American Government Political Science 2305 3 50
American History History 1301 3 50
American History II History 1302 3 50
Western Civilization I History 2301 3 50
Western Civilization II History 2302 3 50
Behavioral Sciences
Human Growth & Development Education 3304 3 50
Educational Psychology Education 3302 3 50
Introductory Psychology Psychology 1302 3 50
Introductory Sociology Sociology 2303 3 50
Calculus with Elementary Functions Math 2413 3 50
College Algebra Math 1314 3 50
Computer Science
Information Systems and Computer Applications Computer Science 1301 3 50
General Biology Biology 1311/1111, 1313/1113 8 50
Introductory Business Law General Business 3351 3 50
Introduction to Accounting Accounting 2301, 2302 6 50
Introductory Macroeconomics Economics 2301 3 50
Introduction to Management Management 3360 3 50
Introductory Marketing Marketing 3370 3 50
Introductory Microeconomics Economics 2302 3 50

*No local course equivalent. Credit for these tests awarded by permission of Academic Dean and Dean of Admissions and Records.