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What's the impact of failing a CLEP exam on my college apps?

Hey folks, I'm a bit worried here. I'm considering taking a CLEP exam to get some college credits out of the way. My question is, if I don't do well and fail, will colleges see this? Also, how does failing a CLEP exam affect my chances of admissions?

7 months ago

Hi there! I understand the concerns you have about taking the CLEP exams. Generally speaking, you don’t have to report your CLEP scores on your college applications unless you want to use them for credit. Moreover, there is no 'record' sent to colleges that would include failed CLEP exams. If you do not pass, you can simply choose not to report that score. It essentially has no impact on your admissions chances.

However, if you pass, it could serve as an additional indicator of your academic readiness, especially if you are trying to highlight your subject matter expertise. Successful CLEP scores can demonstrate your initiative to learn outside of the traditional classroom setting and your ability to handle college-level coursework.

My advice? Go ahead and give the CLEP exam your best shot without stress over the impact of not passing on your college applications. It's a no-risk situation that can potentially yield great benefits if you do well. Good luck!

7 months ago

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