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College-Level Examination Program®

The College-Level Examination Program, or CLEP®, is a credit-by-examination program accepted by most colleges and universities. Northeast State is an Open Test Center for the CLEP® program. Non-Northeast State students are welcome to take CLEP ® exams at the college.

EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023 the cost of each CLEP exam will got to $93. Registration tickets purchased prior to this date will still be valid until their stated expiration dates.


CLEP® examinations cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements during the first two years of college. Colleges generally grant the same amount of credit to students earning satisfactory scores on the CLEP® examination as it grants to the credited course.

Most exams are 90 minutes with multiple-choice questions except for the College Composition exam. This exam is a two-hour test and includes multiple-choice questions and two essays. Score reports for all examinations, except College Composition, are available immediately after completion of the test. The College Board mails official results to students and the designated institution within two to three weeks. College Composition results may take up to six weeks.

Effective April, 2021 - CLEP will no longer have the optional essays for purchase for those English exams with that option. It is your responsibility to check with your institution to see if they require that optional essay, and work with their faculty to administer and grade the essay portion. College Composition Modular is only 3 credit hours with no essay.


CLEP® Examination Score Accepted by TBR CCs Credit Granted by TBR CCs Equivalent TBR CC Course
American Government 50 3 POLS 1030 Introduction to American Government
American Literature 50 6 ENGL 2110 & 2120 Survey of American Literature I & II
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 6 Credit for Literature Requirement or specific ENGL course
Biology 50 8 BIOL 1110 & 1120 General Biology I & II
Calculus 50 4 MATH 1910 Calculus
Chemistry 50 8 CHEM 1110 & 1120 General Chemistry I & II
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 1130 College Algebra or MATH 1630 Finite Mathematics
College Composition (also Freshman) 50 6 ENGL 1010 & 1020 Composition I & II
College Composition Modular 50 3/6 ENGL 1010 & 1020 Composition I & II
College Mathematics 50 3 MATH 1010 Math for Liberal Arts or Credit for college-level Mathematics Requirement
English Literature 50 6 ENGL 2010 & 2020 Intro to Literature I & II or ENGL 2210 & 2220 Survey of British Literature I & II
Financial Accounting 50 3 ACCT 1010 Principles of Accounting I
French Language, Level I 50 6 FREN 1010 & 1020 Beginning French I & II
French Language, Level II 59 12 FREN 1010 & 1020 Beginning French I & II
FREN 2010 & 2020 Intermediate French I & II
German Language, Level I 50 6 GERM 1010 & 1020 Beginning German I & II
German Language, Level II 60 12 GERM 1010 & 1020 Beginning German I & II
GERM 2010 & 2020 Intermediate German I & II
History of the United States I 50 3 HIST 2010 Survey of American History I
History of the United States II 50 3 HIST 2020 Survey of American History II
Human Growth and Development 50 3 Psychology of Human Growth & Development or Life Span Psychology (no common course #)
Humanities 50 6 Credit for Humanities Requirement
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50 3 INFS 1010 Computer Applications
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 Educational Psychology (there is no common course number)
Introductory Business Law 50 3 Business Law (there is no common course number)
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSYC 1030 Introduction to General Psychology
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Natural Sciences 50 8 BIOL 1010 & 1020 Intro to Biology I & II
Precalculus 50 3 MATH 1710 Precalculus I
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 2010 Macroeconomics
Principles of Management 50 3 Principles of Management (there is no common course number)
Principles of Marketing 50 3 Principles of Marketing (there is no common course number)
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 2020 Microeconomics
Social Sciences & History 50 6 Elective (there is no common course number)
Spanish Language, Level I 50 6 SPAN 1010 & 1020 Beginning Spanish I & II
Spanish Language, Level II 63 12 SPAN 1010 & 1020 Beginning Spanish I & II
SPAN 2010 & 2020 Intermediate Spanish I & II
Western Civilization I 50 3 HIST 1010 Survey of Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II 50 3 HIST 1020 Survey of Western Civilization II


Northeast State’s Basler Library has the official CLEP Study Guide available for checkout. The guide can be purchased at local bookstores or online at The College Board.

Modern States Education Alliance offers tuition-free online CLEP courses. The courses, taught by professors from leading institutions, have no prerequisites or restrictions for enrolling and cover all CLEP exam subjects. The courses are free to all users and also include free textbooks and course materials; and possible vouchers for CLEP fee and reimbursement for Test Center fees.


EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023 the cost of each CLEP exam will got to $93. Registration tickets purchased prior to this date will still be valid until their stated expiration dates.

$115 per exam. Follow these steps to pay the exam fees:

  1. $90 CLEP® Examination Fee paid to The College Board. 
Create an account online to pay the $90 exam fee at The College Board. Your account must be created and the fee paid before your scheduled test day. Northeast State cannot accept the $90 fee. The $90 fee cannot be paid in the Testing Center.
  2. $25 Northeast State Non-Refundable Registration Fee.
 Pay the $25 registration fee at Business Office in General Studies, C2407.

Testing is by appointment only. Please email to set up a date/time.


CLEP® Test Location: Northeast State at Blountville. The street address is 2425 Highway 75.

  1. Bring a CLEP®payment receipt with Ticket ID - Required in order to test.
  2. Pay the $25 Registration Fee at the Business Office, C2407.
  3. Come to Testing Services. Testing is proctored in the Testing Center, Room C2303.
  4. One form of personal identification that is government issued, such as a driver’s license, passport, state or national ID, or permanent resident card (green card) is required for admittance to testing. The ID must include full name, photograph, and signature.

Northeast State does not offer credit equivalency for all of the CLEP® examinations. Northeast State students should check the Northeast State Course Equivalency Table before signing up for an exam. Non-Northeast State students must check with their home institution for approved CLEP examinations and credit hours earned for each exam.

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CLEP® provides specific information on knowledge and skills required for all their examinations on the CLEP® website.

The College-Level Examination Program® and CLEP® are registered trademarks of The College Board.


Department of Accessibility, Counseling, and Testing Services

Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Testing Services
Room:  C2301, General Studies Building
Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.5358

Blountville Testing Center
Room:  C2303, General Studies Building, Northeast State at Blountville
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617

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