College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

You can earn college credit for what you have learned on the job or from life experience through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). These exams, which are offered on the HCC campus, test your knowledge of introductory college-level subjects.

About CLEP

CLEP is administered in partnership with ETS-CLEP. HCC provides credit for successful scores on CLEP exams in 30 subjects. Each exam is 90 minutes long and involves multiple-choice questions; the one exception is Apart the College Composition test.

There is a registration fee of $30. It is payable to HCC/CBPD by money order only. In addition, there is a fee of $77 for each CLEP exam. It is paid directly to ETS-CLEP by valid credit/debit card on the day of the test appointment at the testing center. The total cost is $107. CLEP exams are free to military personnel but the $30 registration fee still applies.

You will receive a score report immediately after completing your exam (except for College Composition, which takes 2-3 weeks). It then takes approximately 10-15 business days for CLEP to transfer your scores to the Registrar's Office.

Schedule and Location

CLEP exams are administered at HCC's Testing & Workforce Certification Center, located in the Kittredge Business Center, Room 204. They are offered M-F at 9:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. You can contact the Testing Center to arrange evening or Saturday test times.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation to the HCC campus is available via PVTA buses. Parking is available in Lots D or E.

To Apply

  1. Consult the Admissions Office, Registrar's Office, and/or your Academic Advisor to determine which CLEP exams are right for you.
  2. Complete the HCC CLEP Registration Form (1 per test).
  3. Return the form to the HCC High Stakes Testing Center with your non-refundable registration fee of $30 per test. Payment is by money order only. Money orders should be made out to HCC/CBPD.
  4. Contact the HCC High Stakes Testing Center at 413-552-2112 to schedule your CLEP exam appointment.
  5. The fee for each exam is $77 (additional $10 for exam with optional essay) to be paid online, directly to ETS-CLEP, the day of your test appointment. Payment must be made by valid credit/debit card.


College Level Examination Program
Elaine Hébert-Dancik, HCC High Stakes Testing Center Coordinator
Phone: (413) 552-2112
Fax: (413) 552-2745


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040