Office for Prior Learning Assessment

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

Here is a list of CLEP exams given at USM, 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. USM accepts the College Composition CLEP for College Writing (ENG 100) credit, but other insitututions may require a different exam. 

  • Active Duty Military - You test for free! Your CLEP registration is free as long as you meet certain criteria.  You can find more information on this page

  • Student veterans who are receiving funding through the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be able to have their initial testing fees (including the test administration fee charged by USM) reimbursed by the VA.  Students interested in pursuing this opportunity should contact Lorrie Spaulding, Director of USM's Veteran Services, at or 207-780-5232.

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, Vicki Meserve (  After receiving your form, Vicki will contact you by email or phone to set up a time for you to come in for your test.

  • Please be aware that testing times are limited, especially at the beginning and the end of the semester.  The best way to ensure you are able to take the test on your preferred date is to register well ahead of time. 

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:

  • 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 according to the guidelines on the equivalencies document, and are a USM student, you can expect the credits to be posted to your transcript within a week of exam completion.  One exception to this is the College Composition CLEP, which can take up to three weeks for credit to be posted.  There is no fee for this service. Your official score report will be sent electronically 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.

CLEP Credit from previous testing attempts

If you took your CLEP exam at another location, please contact CLEP at 800-257-9558 to have an Official Score Transcript sent. There is a $20.00 fee for each transcript ordered.  USM is school #3691, for your reference. You can have that transcript sent to:

Office for Prior Learning Assessment
University of Southern Maine
253 Luther Bonney Hall, P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300

If you are a military student who has CLEP scores listed on the Joint Services Transcript (JST), it is not necessary to send an official CLEP transcript in addition to your JST. Your military transcript acts as official record of your CLEP exam score(s).


USM CLEP Exam Equivalencies 7-1-19
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