College Credt Through CLEP
Earn College Credit Through Examination
CLEP: What Is IT?
CLEP is the College-Level Examination Program which offers you the opportunity to obtain a limited number of credits toward your college degree requirements. CLEP Offers two types of tests: General Exams and Subject Exams. SDSM&T accepts and administers only Subject Examinations. The Subject Exams measure achievement in specific college courses and are used to grant exemption from, and credit for, these courses. Each Subject Exam is a 90 minute multiple choice objective test.
Should You Try It?
CLEP examinations are designed for those individuals who have already done extensive study in a particular area or excelled in honors courses in high school. Typically, the background of these individuals is such that they should move on to more advanced college level requirements than are offered during the freshman year. Minimum scores are posted on the SDSM&T website. Please note that credit will NOT be granted if you (a) have completed or are currently enrolled in an upper-level course in the same subject; (b) are currently enrolled in the course and are receiving a failing grade or if you have been enrolled previously in the course and received a failing grade; or (c) have been enrolled in and completed that course or dropped the course and received a "W". A CLEP examination may not replace a failing grade.
What Areas Are Offered?
Several freshman and sophomore-level courses may be challenged using the CLEP Subject Examinations. A student should consult with a department head regarding applicability of the credit toward a degree. A large majority of colleges do accept CLEP credit, but required scores vary. For specific information regarding how credit is awarded at SDSM&T, you are referred to our current catalog.
If Interested, What Do You Do Next?
Individuals must complete a registration form. Registration forms are available from the testing center or on the SDSM&T web site at http://international.sdsmt.edu/CLEP. At SDSM&T, registration forms are required prior to setting the test date, and a fee of $80, plus $15 service charge per test is required at the time of testing. If paying by check or money order, TWO separate checks are required-one for $80 to CLEP, and one for $15 to SDSM&T. Cash cannot be sent to CLEP through the mail. Please remember that SDSM&T accepts only Subject Examination scores. Tests will be given on our campus throughout the year. If you have questions or need help regarding the CLEP Program, contact:
Cheryl Dillon or Suzi Aadland
Ivanhoe International Center
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph St.; Rapid City, SD 57701-3995.
Locally, call 394-6884, or you may call our toll-free line, 1-800-544-8162, Ext. 6884.
CLEP exam dates are scheduled individually. Exams are not administered during the week prior to the start of the new semester or during the first week of the new semester.
See CLEP scores at the School of Mines