Earn College Credit Through Examination


If you are planning to use the SDSMT Testing Center for your CLEP, please do not register through College Board until you have communicated with the Testing Center and confirmed that you can be scheduled.  CLEP test takers are advised at this time to use the remote proctoring service (proctored by College Board/CLEP) instead of the SDSMT Testing Center.  For scheduling questions, please email Susan Satter (

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: CLEP Guidelines

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. CLEP Guidelines.

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

CLEP scores should be sent directly from College Board to your college/institution. 

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. Please email

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