Hey there! I'm currently in my second year of High School. I've been looking at the major maps of my future degree at the institute I'm interested in. Someone I know told me I should take the CLEP to test out of any subjects I don't need.
What exactly is the CLEP? How will it affect my college admission process? Is there any additional information I need to know before taking this exam?
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CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams are quite similar to AP tests. The main difference is that students traditionally take AP exams after taking an AP class (although self-studying AP exams is also possible), while students always self prepare for CLEP exams.
While the most elite schools (Harvard, Princeton, etc) do not generally accept CLEP exams for credit, many colleges and universities do. Passing scores on these exams can give you college credit and enable you to pass out of the relevant classes. (APs operate similarly.)
For more information, check out our relevant blog post here: https://blog.collegevine.com/what-is-the-clep-exam-which-colleges-accept-clep-credits/.
From just a quick google search, what I've found is that they're basically like the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, but there's not much structure to it so you won't be taking an AP class to prepare, but rather be studying on your own. There are fewer resources and testing facilities for CLEP than for AP exams, but CLEP is year-round while AP is only a few weeks in May. However, both can give college credit depending on how well you score on the exam, which may allow you to knock off some introductory college courses at a 2 or 4-year university and take another elective instead, or have 1 less class, or if you take enough CLEP/AP classes you may be able to skip a year!
By the way, whenever in doubt--google it.
Hope that helps!
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