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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a nationally standardized credit by exam program. Knowledgeable students may earn college credit in specified subjects allowing them to take more advanced courses. Please note that CLEP testing is optional and is offered year-round on a weekly basis. CLEP testing will be available daily during Red Raider Orientation. Tests are computer-based, and scores are received immediately for advisement and registration purposes. The standards for achieving course credit are set by each individual university. Please click on this link to see a list of CLEP courses and scores accepted by Texas Tech University. View a full list of CLEP exams accepted at Texas Tech.

Academic Testing Services can no longer accept the $89.00 payment to CLEP. You must register and pay the $89.00 CLEP fee by visiting https://clepportal.collegeboard.org/myaccount. Your online registration does NOT include your appointment at Academic Testing Services, and you will be required to pay the $49.00 payment to Texas Tech on the test day. When purchasing your CLEP exam, your first name and last name must MATCH EXACTLY as they appear on your government-issued ID when checking in to Academic Testing Services for your exam. Please visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/clep-exam-registration-tutorial for a video tutorial of the CLEP registration process.


CLEP exams begin at 2:00 PM. Individuals will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited. You must arrive 30 minutes prior to a test session. Be sure you bring your driver's license and your $49.00 payment, as well as your College Board-issued voucher.

Steps to follow for CLEP testing:

  • Visit https://clepportal.collegeboard.org/myaccount to pay the $89.00 fee to CLEP. This must be done prior to arriving at Academic Testing Services for a CLEP exam. You will receive a voucher which you must bring on the test day.
  • Report to 214 West Hall 30 minutes early prior to testing time.
  • Pay $49.00 to Texas Tech on the day of the exam by a check, money order, credit/debit card. NO CASH IS ACCEPTED). 
  • Present photo I.D. (government-issued driver's license, passport, or state-issued I.D.
  • Fees are subject to change.

Essay for Freshman English and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

Students must take the CLEP-S: College Composition Modular multiple-choice section and score a 55 on it to earn the opportunity to attempt the essay portion. If the multiple-choice section is taken somewhere other than Texas Tech, "official" scores must be received at TTU prior to orientation. Allow a minimum of 1 week for Texas Tech to receive "official" scores. No other scores will be accepted.

Students must take the CLEP-S: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature multiple choice section and score a 52 on it to earn the opportunity to attempt the essay portion. If the multiple-choice section is taken somewhere other than Texas Tech, "official" scores must be received at TTU prior to orientation. Allow a minimum of 1 week for Texas Tech to receive "official" scores. No other scores will be accepted.

The essay is an on-campus writing exam and must be taken on the Texas Tech Campus at the Academic Testing Services office located in West Hall, Room 214. There will be multiple sessions offered daily throughout orientation. Seating is limited.

Essays will take two or three days for results. Essays taken after Day 1 may not be available during orientation. Academic Testing Services will notify you by email when results become available. Students may choose to utilize the online add/drop procedures once they receive essay scores.


  • Sample test questions can be downloaded at www.collegeboard.org.
  • CLEP exams are not offered online. The exam must be taken in an approved CLEP testing center.
  • Results are based on a scaled score; therefore, one point does not equal one question. The highest score one can receive on a CLEP exam is an 80.
  • If taking the College Composition Modular Exam or Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, there will be an extra fee of $30.00 for the on-campus essay that will be graded by graders in the Texas Tech English Department.
  • Please allow 2 hours to complete each testing session. Students are allowed 90 minutes to complete one exam. The additional 30 minutes are required for registration and tutorial.
  • Students enrolled in the Rawls College of Business Administration should check with their advisor regarding which business exams are appropriate for their business major.
  • If you test with Academic Testing Services, scores will be directly reported to the Texas Tech Registrar.
  • CLEP scores do not affect a student's GPA. Credit will be recorded as "CLP" on a student's transcript for the Texas Tech equivalent course for which credit was earned.
  • If "official" scores are being sent from College Board, allow a minimum of 1 week for Texas Tech to receive them.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement Examination is the final examination for a nationally standardized course offered in a limited number of secondary schools under the auspices of the Advanced Placement Program. The objective of the AP is to allow students to begin work toward college credit while still in high school. Students should check with their high school counselor or principal as to availability of the AP examinations in their school. The AP is offered once a year during May at participating high schools.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate is an international program of courses and examinations offered at the high school level. Texas Tech welcomes students in the IB program and will grant 24 hours with the International Baccalaureate diploma or 3 to 12 credit hours depending on the subject and score obtained on IB exams for individual courses. Students must send an IB examination transcript to Texas Tech to receive credit.

Academic Testing Services

  • Address

    Academic Testing Services, Texas Tech University, West Hall, Room 214, Mail Stop 5002, Lubbock, TX 79409
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