College Credit Through CLEP  

Earn College Credit Through Examination

What is CLEP?

CLEP is the College-Level Examination Program which allows Mines students to earn a limited number of credits toward your college degree requirements. CLEP offers general exams and subject exams. Subject exams measure achievement in specific college subjects and are used to grant credit for specific college courses.

South Dakota Mines accepts most, but not all, CLEP exams for credit. For SDBOR accepted CLEP exams:

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 in a particular subject. Several freshman and sophomore-level courses may be challenged using the CLEP Subject Examinations. A student should consult with a department head or the registrar regarding applicability of the credit toward a degree. A large majority of colleges accept CLEP credit, but required scores vary.


CLEP exams cost approximately $95 each.

Proctoring fees cost approximately $30.

CLEP Scores

Minimum scores are posted on the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) website – visit their “Recognition of Other College Credits Earned” webpage.

SDBOR Policies regarding applicability of credit are on the SDBOR web site, Policy, item 11.

If interested, what do you do next?

If you are interested in CLEP testing, contact Susan Satter before you register to check on testing center availability, correct CLEP test, and proctoring options. Call (605-394-2428), email, or stop by the testing center in the Devereaux Library on 3rd floor.

CLEP Resources

CLEP Website
CLEP Exams List

Need CLEP help or information?
Contact Susan Satter
Testing Center and Success Advisor
(605) 394-2428

Testing Center
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Devereaux Library, Room 310
501 E. St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD  57701