College Credit Through CLEP  

Earn College Credit Through Examination

What is CLEP?

CLEP is the College-Level Examination Program which allows you 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 courses and are used to grant exemption from, and credit for, these courses. Each Subject Exam is a 90 minute multiple choice objective test.

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. 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 accept CLEP credit, but required scores vary.

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 2:5, item 11.

If interested, what do you do next?

Complete the registration process: ( CLEP Test Administration limited due to COVID-19) 

  • Registration is available on the official CLEP websiteCLEP Exam Registration.
  • MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER FOR THE CORRECT EXAM. (Some exam names are quite similar)
  • If you are unsure about the exam, please contact us first by emailing
  • At South Dakota Mines, registration forms are required prior to setting the test date. 
  • You must pay the CLEP fee of $90 at the time of registration. You will be charged a $25 service charge per test at the time of testing.

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