College-Level Examination Program®

The College-Level Examination Program ® (CLEP) is a nationwide credit-by-examination program that offers students the opportunity to obtain recognition for college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. Onondaga Community College is a CLEP National Open Test Center. The college grants CLEP credit when these examinations cover material comparable to that covered in courses offered by Onondaga Community College in areas that can be applied to an associate's degree. CLEP credits are treated as transfer credits and must be completed the semester prior to that in which a course is required. If credit has been granted through examination prior to a student's application to Onondaga, an official transcript must be sent to the Certification and Records office. As an incoming student transferring CLEP credit, you must successfully complete at least half the required academic credit hours at Onondaga Community College in order to fulfill requirements for the Associates degree from Onondaga. For CLEP examinations, you must meet the minimum score to receive credit. OCC does not grant credit for modern language CLEP tests. If you are not attending Onondaga, check with the institution you will be attending to verify that CLEP credits will be accepted.

All CLEP exams are computer-based and are offered on the main campus throughout the year by the Testing Services Office. CLEP test administration is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from  2pm-4pm. Test takers can begin testing between those hours; an appointment is not necessary. CLEP is not available on Saturdays, at the North Site or at the Educational Opportunity Center. CLEP testing will not be available when the college campus is closed for holidays, snow days, or when the Testing Services Office is closed for maintenance. See our calendar here to see if there are days other than holidays when Testing Services will be closed. CLEP testing will be unavailable during the following time periods: October 28th & 29th, November 26th, December 16th & 17th.  

Steps to Take CLEP Exams

Please note: CLEP testing is not available on Saturdays or at the North Site or Educational Opportunity Center locations.

  1. Pay the CLEP fee and register to take an exam online through the My Account Registration Portal. This is the only way to pay the $80 CLEP exam fee. For questions about paying the CLEP exam fee, contact the College Board CLEP program directly. If you are taking CLEP to transfer credit to OCC, click here and scroll to page 3 to see what CLEP credits OCC accepts. If you’re taking CLEP to transfer credit to an institution other than OCC, check with that institution to make sure you are taking the correct CLEP test(s).
  2. Print a copy of your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket. You will need to present this to the test proctor on the day of your exam.
  3. You will need to have government issued photo ID when you arrive for testing. You will not be allowed to test unless you have government issued photo ID that contains both an up to date photo and signature (driver’s license, passport, etc). Please note that expired government issued ID will not be accepted.
  4. Beginning Tuesday June 10th, come to the Gordon Student Center on Onondaga’s main campus on Tuesdays & Wednesdays between the hours of 2pm and 4pm. In the main lobby, pull a ticket for Bursar Services. You will need to pay a $26 proctoring fee for each test you will be taking. This fee is non-refundable. CLEP testing will be unavailable during the following time periods: August 19th & 20th, September 2nd & 3rd, November 26th, December 16th & 17th.  
  5. After you have paid this fee, pull a second ticket for Testing Services. Wait in the lobby until your number is called and then report to the counter indicated.
  6. A proctor will meet you and will ask for the following: Current (not expired) government issued photo ID that contains both your picture and signature, your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket and your receipt from the Bursar’s office to verify that the $26 fee was paid. 
    • Note: CLEP for Veterans/Military - The $26 exam proctoring fee is waived for retired and active duty Military. Active Duty Military members will also have their $80 CLEP fee waived. Retired Military must submit proof of service to have proctoring fee waived. Active duty candidates must submit a current military ID prior to testing. Visit the CLEP website for more details on fee waivers, ID requirements and possible reimbursement for Military & Veterans.
  7. CLEP testing is not available on Saturdays or at the North Site or Educational Opportunity Center locations. Plan approximately two hours for test taking.
  8. After check-in and registration, you will be started on your exam.

Please note: CLEP testing is not available on Saturdays or at the North Site or Educational Opportunity Center locations.