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College Level Examination Program

Taking a CLEP exam?
Prepare for your CLEP exam with the Official Study Guide.
The CLEP exam is offered to Hope students by appointment during the academic year. The exam is a computer based exam given via an internet link with Educational Testing Service.

Students who have had excellent preparation in one of the subject areas below may wish to register for the exam. Students who score at or above the cut-off level indicated on the chart will be granted credit toward their degree, and, in many cases, will fulfill core requirements as well.

  • Registration is a 2 step process:

    Step 1. Register on-line directly with ETS at which time you will pay an $80.00 examination fee. Credit cards may be used for this payment. ETS will send you a receipt of payment.

    Step 2. If you are a Hope College student*, contact the Registrar's office (395-7760) to make an appointment to take the exam. You will need your receipt from ETS to make an appointment to take your exam. On the day of your exam appointment, you must pay an additional $16.00 administrative fee (cash or check only) to Hope College.

    *Note: Hope College is a limited testing site which means only current or deposit paid Hope students may be tested.)

    IF YOU ARE NOT A HOPE COLLEGE STUDENT, you still need to register on-line with ETS, pay your examination fee, KEEP you payment receipt and then contact an OPEN testing center to take your exam.

  • Tests are a computer based exam using a direct internet link to ETS. Therefore, scores are available upon completion of the exam, except the College Composition exam which takes 4 to 6 weeks to be scored by ETS.
CLEP EXAMS offered:

Subject Score required Credit given Hope equivalent course
American Government
50
4
Pol 100
American History I (to 1877)
50
4
Hist 160
American History II (1865 on)
50
4
Hist 161
American Literature
50
8
Engl 280, 281
Analysis & Interp of Literature
50
4
Engl 248
*College French - First Year
50
*up to 8 hrs
Fren 101, 102
- Second Year
62
*up to 8 hr
Fren 201, 202
*College German - First Year
50
*up to 8 hrs
Germ 101, 102
- Second Year
63
*up to 8 hr
Germ 201, 202
*College Spanish - First Year
50
*up to 8 hrs
Span 121, 122
- Second Year
66
*up to 8 hr
Span 221, 250
*The language exams have one exam for the first and second year. Credit is granted based on score and course completed. For example, a score of 50 on the French exam gives the possibility of earning 8 credits (101 & 102). However, if credit has already been earned for 102, only 4 hours will be granted (101). Likewise, a score of 62 on the same exam will give the potential for 16 hours of credit, less credit already earned for any of the courses.
Course Score Required Credit given Hope equivalent course
English Literature
50
8
Engl 270, 271
College Composition
60
4
English 113
Calculus I
(Added Fall 2005)
50
4
Math 131
General Biology
50
4

None - non-major general biology
credit awarded

General Chemistry
50
6
None - non-major general chemistry credit awarded
Human Growth & Development
50
3
None - elective credit
Info Systems & Computer Appls
50
3
None - elective credit
Introductory Accounting
50
4
Acct 221
Introductory Business Law
50
3
Mgmt 341
Introductory Psychology
50
3
Psy 100
Introductory Sociology
50
3
Soc 101
Principles of Management
50
4
Mgmt 222
Principles of Marketing
50
4
Mgmt 331
Principles of Macroeconomics
50
4
Econ 211
Principles of Microeconomics
50
4
Econ 212
Western Civilization (Ancient)
50
4
Hist 130
Western Civilization (Modern)
50
4
Hist 131

Students are reminded that the maximum amount of credit by examination which can be applied toward the 126 hours for graduation is 32 hours, 8 of which can be in the major area of concentration. Please read carefully the section under Credit By Examination in the current college caralog when considering credit by examination.

CLEP EXAM SCHEDULE
TEST LOCATION: Registrants should report to the Registrar's Office, DeWitt Cultural Center, (First Floor) at their scheduled appointment time.