College Credit 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 South Dakota Board of Regents web site. 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?

Complete the registration process. Registration is available on the official CLEP web site (go to CLEP Resources). At SDSM&T, registration forms are required prior to setting the test date. You must pay the CLEP fee of $80 at the time of registration. You will be charged a $15 service charge per test at the time of testing.

CHOOSE THE PROPER EXAM. Some exams have similar names. If you are not sure which exam you should take, please contact our office or the university you plan to attend. 

Tests will be given on our campus throughout the year. If you have questions or need help regarding the CLEP Program, contact Cheryl or Suzi at:

Ivanhoe International Center
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph St

Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

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 SD Board of Regents web site