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CLEP Testing: Save Time! Save Money!

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know without having to attend classes. You can earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits and/or internships.

Before taking a CLEP exam, it's important to consult your advisor to be certain that doing so will help meet the requirements of your degree or certificate program.

As of June 2023, CT State Naugatuck Valley no longer acts as a testing site for CLEP.  We recommend you go to the CLEP College Board website for more information and to review their schedules for remote testing or at another convenient location.

CLEP Exam Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone take the CLEP test at NVCC's Testing Center?

No, we are a limited test center which means we only test our students (CT Community Colleges). 
Non-CTCC students should go to CLEP's website to find an open test center.

How much does a CLEP exam cost?
The total cost is $105.

First, students purchase their ticket for $90 (price as of 7/1/22). Tickets can be purchased via the CLEP Account Portal.
Then, students pay the $15 Proctor Fee to NVCC's Bursars Office (K506). This fee can also be paid in the Administrative Office of the Danbury Campus. PLEASE NOTE: CLEP ticket price will increase to $93, effective 7/1/23.

How do I schedule a CLEP exam appointment?

Prior to making your appointment, be sure you have already purchased your CLEP Exam ticket via their Account Portal page.

Next, choose an exam date that works for you by viewing the latest CLEP Exam Brochure or by viewing the schedule here.

Do Active Military (DANTES) or Veterans have to pay the Proctor Fee?

Exam fees for military candidates are funded by Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Military candidates are required to pay the $15 administration fee. 

Exam fees for Veterans must be paid in advance when registering on My Account, but you can claim reimbursement for CLEP exam and administration fee under the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2004. 

For more information regarding Military and Veteran candidates, please refer to

How do I prepare (study) for a CLEP exams?

Several study materials and resources are available to help you prepare for CLEP exam(s).  More in-depth materials, which include CLEP Exam Guides and The Official CLEP Study Guide, are available for purchase.  For $10, you can purchase and download an individual subject study guide.  View the CLEP tutorial video and become familiar with the testing tools, the types of examination questions and the types of calculators that will appear.  Prepare today at CLEP Test Prep.  Or, visit the Max R. Traurig Library in the L Building 4th and 5th floors.

What do I need to bring on my CLEP Exam day?
  • Your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket
  • Proof of $15 Proctor Fee payment
  • One form of valid and acceptable government-issued photo identification (click here for more information regarding CLEP's Photo ID Policy). Please be sure your name on your photo id matches the name on your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket exactly.
  • Military test-takers should bring their Geneva Convention Identification Card. Please refer to for more information.
Which CLEP Exams does NVCC offer and what do you accept for credit?

NVCC offers all 34 CLEP exams at our Testing Center.
With that said, NVCC does not accept the following 4 CLEP exams for credit:

    • Information Systems
    • College Composition Modular
    • Natural Sciences
    • German Language

For NVCC's full CLEP credit policy, please view the latest CLEP Brochure.

Which Spanish CLEP is best for me?

We offer 2 exams that can grant credit for Spanish. 

  • Spanish Language offers up to 9 credits of Spanish (SPA*H101, H102, H201)  
  • Spanish with Writing offers up to 12 credits of Spanish (SPA*H101, H102, H201, H202).

The main difference between these tests is that the Spanish with Writing test is longer and is not recommended to students who have never had to write academically or professionally in Spanish. You should discuss which test is best for you with your Academic Advisor.

CLEP Retest Policy

The CLEP program has a long-standing policy that an exam of the same title may not be retaken within a three-month period (90 days).  Scores of exams repeated earlier than three months will be canceled and test fees forfeited.

Candidates who are military service members and whose exams are funded by DANTES, may not repeat a previously funded exam of the same title; however, they may personally fund a retest after waiting the requisite period of time.

Contact NVCC's Testing Center

Testing Center Location:
Kinney Hall, Room 519e
P: 203-575-8086

Test Administrators:
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