PLA CLEP Examinations
CLEP EXAMINATIONS are standardized tests
These tests cover material taught in courses that most students take as basic foundations for their college degrees. USM faculty have reviewed these exams and have recommended credit and passing scores for these exams.
USM is a testing site open to the general public, which means registration is not restricted to only USM students. Be sure to check with your home institution to learn their minimum cut-off scores and course equivalents.
Not sure which exam to take? Review the CLEP Website for more information about each of the available exams.
USM Equivalencies for CLEP Passing Scores
Click here for a list of CLEP exams given at USM are listed, along with their equivalent credits, and minimum test scores to achieve these credits at USM. Please note, the list is specific to USM.
Registering for a CLEP exam
Before registering, keep a couple of things in mind:
Check in with your home institution before taking any exam, but particularly before taking a college writing exam. PLA at USM offers only the College Composition Modular, which is a 90-minute multiple choice exam. USM does not offer the essay format of this exam and the previous CLEP English Composition has been discontinued. While College Composition Modular is the correct test for students seeking academic credit for college writing (ENG 100 CW) at USM, it might not be the right test for your school.
Active Duty Military - You test for free! Your CLEP registration is free as long as you meet these criteria.
You’ll be able to come into the USM Testing Center (Luther Bonney, Room 240) after a couple of quick registration steps:
Create an account on the CLEP website and purchase the exam(s) you intend to take. Keep in mind that we do not allow students to take more than two exams in a single testing session.
Complete the registration form. This form is emailed directly to our Testing Associate, Kristi Hertlein (firstname.lastname@example.org) For reference, her schedule is Monday through Thursday 9 am to 2 pm. After receiving your form, Kristi will contact you by email or phone to set up a time for you to come in for your test.
Helpful Information for Exam Day
CLEP has some great resources on their website for test takers. Take a quick look to make sure you are fully prepared for your exam!
When you come in for your exam at USM, you must:
Fully review USM CLEP Test Policies
Bring $30 for the test administration fee (we can accept check, cash, or credit card).
Bring a copy of your registration information from CLEP.
Have your valid and current driver’s license, passport or other government-issued identification that includes your photograph and signature. You will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to the testing area. The last name on your primary ID must match the name on your registration ticket.
Acceptable identification: Current passport with name, photograph, and signature; valid driver's license with name, photograph, and signature; state or province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph, and signature; national ID with name, photograph, and signature; a tribal ID card; a naturalization card or certificate of citizenship; or see below for home-schoolers.
Unacceptable identification: Credit cards, social security cards (except for military candidates), and school IDs are not acceptable forms of identification.
Home-schoolers: If you do not have the required government-issued ID, please complete a Student ID Form, which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested.
Military test-takers: Bring your military ID and Social Security card.
Posting CLEP Credit
If you took your exam at the USM Testing Center, passed the exam (based on the equivalency requirements), and are a USM student, you can expect your credits to be posted to your transcript within 24 hours of exam completion (or the next available business day). There is no fee for this service. Your official score report will be sent to USM (as you indicated during registration) and kept in your student file.
If you are not a USM student, your Official Score Transcript will be sent to the school you designated during the registration process. If at any time you need to request a new transcript, you can contact CLEP at 800-257-9558.
If you took your CLEP exam at another location, please contact CLEP at 800-257-9558 to have an Official Score Transcript sent. USM is school #3691, for your reference. You can have that transcript sent to:
University of Southern Maine
253 Luther Bonney Hall, P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300